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 Kampilan is a fearsome long single edged sword. A Warrior’s preferred sword for battle. The Kampilan was a sword for war and the court. As a court sword it represented the Datu’s prestige and power. Historians believed that Datu Lapu Lapu and his men used the Kampilan sword to defeat the Spanish conquistadors led by Ferdinand Magellan that is known as the Battle of Mactan.
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.
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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