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Discussion in 'Pedoy's Derobio Escrima' started by Rapier, Jan 20, 2010.

  1. Rapier

    Rapier RHC

    www.watawat.net is a site that has all the different Filipino flags and it also has info on the Katipunan and Pulahans and it does say that the art of the pulahans was Derobio. I dont know whos site this is, but I would like to say thank you.
     
  2. Taiaha NZ

    Taiaha NZ -== Banned ==-

    The pulahanes movement

    The Pulahanes (literally "those wearing red" ), also known as Dios-Dios, were the
    members of a religious revival of Philippine beliefs that developed in
    the Visayas prior to the Philippine Revolution. At its peak, it
    numbered around 10,000-15,000 adherents. The movement was severely
    crippled during the Philippine Revolution after the Philippine
    Constabulary took over patrols in Samar, when the U.S. military
    declared the island as "pacified".


    Pulahanes practiced a syncretic religious revival centered mostly on Philippine mythology and
    Folk Catholicism. Individual beliefs include the use of anting-antings
    as well as the revival of the babaylan.( Indigenous fighting
    techniqiues such as eskrima were also utilized in the elite and
    ferocious combat style) They practised a form indigenous martial arts
    called Derobio Eskrima and they specialize using a heavy,
    crescent-shaped Bolo knife in their battles. Religious rituals using
    bottles of holy oil, prayer books such as the Bible, consecrated
    anting-antings, as blessings before battles.


    Americans have described Pulahanes as notorious fighters and are experts in hand-to-hand combat.
    War cries were also common among their fighters. They have also been
    described as "lacking in strategy" due to their high casualty figures
    in battles such as Massacre at Dolores. They have been the subject of
    many laws passed during the early American colonial period and have
    often been accused of "banditry".


    The Pulahans were more of a religious organization made up of Waray people. "Pula" in Waray means
    "red"...also in Tagalog. They wore red trousers also, but this
    organization went as far back as the early 1890s prior to the
    Philippine Revolution.They have no connection to Aguinaldos "Red
    Brigade" or Bonifacios Katipunan...the Pulahans were just crazed
    religious fanatic killers who wore red...not just in their trousers but
    other clothing as well. Although,we do believe many of them
    participated in the revolution and Gen Lukban recruited many of them in
    Samar...They were responsible for the plotting of the Balangiga
    Massacre. They believed more in their religious sect then anything
    else...they would go so far as killing women and children. Also, in one
    US officers report, they mentioned this group had no special tactic or
    strategic skill, they just exploded out in hordes of bolo rushes. To
    this day Waray people are considered ruthless fighters.

    According to some officers report, these groups would wave a white flag in front of them during
    battle, "believing" it would shield them from American bullets. But
    when you really think about it, waving a white flag means you surrender
    and not to shoot...and when the Americans stopped firing they may have
    believed the waving of their white flag is working and warding off
    bullets. As ignorant as these cults were, they were a force to be
    reckoned with, and most people feared them.


    Waving a white flag can mean surrender or a flag of truce to talk. It can be used by both
    sides. One to say surrender or the other that is surrendering.

    But still, it would stop firing from the other side to see what the white flag is about.
    This is what everyone knows is the general "rule" in war. Wave a white flag, truce or surrender.
    But these pulahanes, , did not know that. They were mostly made up of
    uneducated illiterate high landers who knew nothing of the rules of
    war. They honestly believed the white flag was there anting anting.


    On their white flags there were some inscriptions (and maybe symbols) on it ; according to
    some other sources. the flags were all white with a red cross in the
    middle..





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    THE RED CROSS FLAG OF THE PULAHANES MOVEMENT

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    A PULAHANES NEAR HIS WHITE FLAG
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