Jay Ignacio: Unsheathing the bladed hand (Rappler.com)

Published in Rappler.com (July 27, 2012)

DIREK JAY IGNACIO. Photography by Paelo Bunyi Pedrajas. Grooming by Tony Dusich
DIREK JAY IGNACIO. Photography by Paelo Bunyi Pedrajas. Grooming by Tony Dusich

MANILA, Philippines – He has had no formal training in filmmaking, and his path had once led him to playing guitar for the band DaPulis and a year of culinary studies in Florence.

But for first-time filmmaker Jay Ignacio, the unspoken stories around Filipino Martial Arts became such a compelling theme that he spent 3 years of his life documenting some of the Philippines’ most prominent, living Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) legends in a full-length documentary called The Bladed Hand.

“I was searching for a cultural story to tell,” shares the frustrated history teacher and part-time improv actor. “I looked at Philippine dance, I looked at theater, but there is no other indigenous art that has had such a global impact as FMA.

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