“KA” (Magkaisa/Unity) Baybayin also incorrectly known as Alibata is a pre-colonial Philippine writing system. The term baybayin means “to spell” in Tagalog. The script was used in the Archipelago along with other writing systems.
The Kris blades are wide at the base, double edged and waved, semi-waved and straight. The blade was a symbol of a warrior’s status and rank in society. It was believed that the unconquerable Sultan Kuldarat used the most famous Moro weapon.
Gabriela Silang (March 19, 1731 – September 20, 1763) earned the title “Henerala” as the first Filipina woman to lead a revolt during the Spanish colonization of the Philippines. Her courageous leadership became a symbol for the importance of women in Filipino society, and their struggle for liberation during colonization. Learn more about Gabriela Silang
The Bolo is a single edged blade also known as Itak. It was a primary weapon used by Andres Bonifacio and the Katipunan during the Philippine Revolution against Spain and was also used by the Republic of the Philippines during the Philippine American War.
Lapulapu was a Datu of Mactan, an island in the Visayas. He was the first native of the archipelago to fight against Spanish colonization. On April 27, 1521, Lapu-Lapu and his men triumphed over the Spanish invaders led by Ferdinand Magellan that is known as the Battle of Mactan.
The goal of Bayani Art is to strengthen the unity within our community by telling the rich history of our Motherland. We are independent owned, born in Tondo Manila, Philippines and raised in Oakland, California. Humbled by the strong values that were taught by our elders, we remain conscious to our responsibility to carry on our culture.
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