|Don Salvador Benedicto, Negros Island|
wonder | wander | women are back in Southeast Asia.
Our original stomping grounds - first home, our roots, and our heritage - the tropics!
Home grown in the tropical rain forests of Negros Island in the Philippines.
We are happy to be back - even in the more than usual blistering heat of this summer's El Niño.
Don Salvador Benedicto was established by consolidating all the remote barangays of San Carlos City and the towns of Calatrava and Murcia which were apparently neglected due to inaccessibility.
Birthplace of the art of kali, otherwise known as arnis or escrima. This cultural heritage was generally practiced by peasants and commoners.
|Pantheon of Arnis Grandmasters|
It is a rich and colorful oral tradition and practice handed down from generation to generation, and from teacher to student.
|Arnis rattan bastons|
|Traditional bolos from the Visayan Islands|
It is the traditional martial art of the Filipino people since the 7th century, designed for physical training, mental development and spiritual upliftment, as well as strengthening of a strong moral value foundation.
|Ancient kadatuan ortumao (noble class) Visayan couple of Panay|
Any historical records of this indigenous martial art remain anecdotal, oral, or promotional.
It is highlighted every year during the celebration of the Kali-Kalihan Harvest Festival that also showcases various cultural and traditional activities of the region.
|Modern arnis tournament safety gear.|