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.
“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.
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
Andres Bonifacio “Supremo” also known as “Maypagasa” (November 30, 1863 – May 10, 1897) a Filipino revolutionary leader and patriot, is known as the “Father of the Filipino Nation.” He was one of the founders and organizers of the Kataastaasan Kagalanggalang na Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan or Katipunan, whose aim was to achieve Philippine independence through revolution. Learn more about Andres Bonifacio
Mandaya shield is a large, round wooden Moro shield. The front is decorated with rings of black and of elaborate carving while the back has a hand hold through which the left arm is slipped so that the hand grasps the top of the second opening. This shield is used in warfare to deflect spears and arrows. This style of shield is also commonly used by the neighboring Moro groups, and may have been borrow from them.
This Shield is dedicated to the warriors who had fought and died during this time to defend the mother land from its oppressors.
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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