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  • Louella Esguerra

The Philippine Times "Rise of Filipino Martial Arts"

I wrote an article for The Philippine Times hoping to promote the Filipino martial arts in Australia and with the Filipino community. It took me a couple of weeks to write up and contact several people asking for photographs they could share. I wasn't expecting to be on the front cover of the newspaper but I think the editor had a vision in mind so asked if I they could send a photographer over to take my photos. I was pretty thrilled and at the same time wasn't sure how it was going to work seeing as I wrote the article. Little did I know that they would make it the cover! When the photographer came over I wasn't sure what kind of poses they were looking for. As a Kalis Ilustrisimo practitioner at heart I made sure to include that as well as some Balintawak poses. They ended up using my double stick pose which I added at the end. The photographer Van Castillo was very nice and has also offered to take more photos at his studio. I'm so excited and I hope that this reaches more people to bring awareness to our beautiful martial arts.

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