According to WikiPilipinas, “Arnis, also known as Eskrima and Kali is the National Sport and Martial Art of the Philippines. It is an umbrella term that refers to a class of Filipino martial arts that emphasize weapon-based fighting with sticks, blades and improvised weapons. Although training starts with weapons, empty hand techniques, trapping and limb destruction are core parts of these arts as the weapon is considered merely an extension of the body. Eskrima and Arnis are the most common among the many names often used in the Philippines today to refer to these arts.”
The Beijing 2008 Olympic Games emblem" Chinese Seal, Dancing Beijing" is filled with Beijing's hospitality and hopes and carries the city to the world. It is a symbol of trust and an expression of self-confidence, standing for the solemn yet sacred promise that Beijing, the host city of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games has made to the world and to all mankind. It conveys the unique cultural quality and elegance of Chinese civilization.
Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao was born on December 17, 1978 in Kibawe, Bukidnon, Mindanao. He grew up and lives up to this day in General Santos City. His professional boxing career began in 1995 when he defeated Edmund Ignacio in a four-round bout. He has been a constant figure in the boxing arena for the next three years putting together an impressive string of victories before finally defeating Chartchai Sasakul in 1998 which earned him the World Boxing Championship (WBC) flyweight title.
The Philippines is hosting the 3rd ASEAN Para Games, a biennial multi-sports championship for the differently abled on December 14-21, 2005 with over 1,200 athletes from eleven (11) countries seeing action. It follows the Southeast Asian Games and is hosted by the same country where the SEA Games take place.
The 23rd SEAGAMES adopted the Philippine Eagle as its mascot. Named "Gilas", the Philippine eagle is one of the world's largest eagles, distinct for the majestic plumage on the top of its head. It is a symbol of strength and pride. As the 23rd SEA Games mascot, it aptly captures the winning spirit of all the participating athletes.
The Southeast Asian Games is the largest and most significant multi-sport event in the region and is held every two years to enable athletes to meet in friendly competition as well as to foster goodwill, friendship and solidarity, in alignment with the aims and aspirations of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Don Eugenio H. Lopez was born on July 20, 190,l in Jaro, lloilo to Benito and Presentacion Hofilefia. After graduating with an AB cum laudetromrhe Ateneo de Manila in 19.19, Don Eugenio went on to law studies ai the university of the Philippines, graduating in 1923. He passed the bar exams in .192g and underwent ayear of postlgraduate studies in law at Harvard. But Don Eugenio spent only three years in law practice. instead, in -1928' he decided to embark on twin careers as a pioneering businessman and a crusading newspaper publisher.