A Filipino anime-styled series based on Filipino comics creator Carlo J. Caparas’ “Kamagong” will champion the Filipino martial art of arnis (also known as Eskrima or Kali).
Sinag Animation Studios (SAS) has announced it is releasing the new animated series in 2019. “Kamagong” is based on Caparas’ comics which was made into a film Caparas himself directed in the 1980s. The movie “Kamagong” starring actors Lito Lapid and JC Bonnin hit Philippine theaters in 1986.
The 2019 animated version of Kamagong is penned by Christian Mark Vidallo, Crisanto King Cortez, and Sinag Animation Studios president and CEO Dex Villamin.
“We at Sinag Animation Studios are proud to introduce Mr. Caparas’ work to a new generation of Filipinos,” CEO Dex Villamin shared to media.
The new Filipino animated series “Kamagong” tells the story of protagonist Bagtas, the heir of Namayan kingdom occupied by a foreign empire. Bagtas’ goal is to find the eight bulawans of Bathala to unleash the true power of its titular weapon, the Kamagong.
Sinag Animation Studios had earlier announced in Toycon 2018 about the project. Sinag revealed characters who would help Bagtas in his quest such as Kinari, the female guardian of Amang Puno – the source of origin of Arnis Kamagong, a gunslinger named Bagsay, and Otto, a fighter with inhuman strength.
“Kamagong deserves its near-legendary status in Philippine cinema for making the nation aware of one of its greatest cultural treasures, the art of arnis,” Villamin said.
Villamin shared that aside from highlighting the country’s own martial arts and national sport, the animated series will also feature different locations around the country that may help boost local tourism.
Teddy Corpuz of Rocksteady sings “Ako’y Magwawagi,” the theme song of the animated series.
The exact release date of the Filipino animated series Kamagong which champions the Philippines’ Arnis is yet to be announced.
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