Kamagong, A New Filipino Anime Soon to Launched in the Philippines

Kamagong: The Animation is in production and there’s no definite release date yet, but Sinag Animation Studios president and CEO Dex Villamin said that they are looking to release the anime series in 2019.

This sounds very exciting!

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Filipino-founded Sinag Animation Studios (SAS) is set to issue an anime-styled series based on Kamagong, director Carlo J. Caparas’s comic series about the Filipino martial art of arnis, which was made into a motion picture in 1986.

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The very first Kamagong was shown in theaters in 1986. This was starred by actors, Lito Lapid and JC Bonnin and was written and directed by Carlo J. Caparas. 2019 Kamagong: The Animation, on the other hand, is penned by Christian Mark Vidallo, Crisanto King Cortez, and Dex Villamin.

On the other hand, the theme song of this animated series in the Title “Ako’y Magwawagi” was sung by Teddy Corpuz.

According to, Mr. Villamin, “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. We at Sinag Animation Studios are proud to introduce Mr. Caparas’s work to a new generation of Filipinos.”

This animated series follows the story of protagonist Bagtas, the heir to Namayan, a kingdom imprisoned by a foreign empire. His goal is to find the eight bulawans of Bathala to unleash the true power of the titular weapon Kamagong.

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Anime lover especially Filipinos will be very happy about this series!

Mr. Villamin said that apart from featuring the Philippines’ own martial art and national sport, the animated series may profit local tourism as Bagtas’s quests take him to different locations around the country.

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Arnis, also known as eskrima or kali, is a weapon-based martial art practiced in the Philippines. Its exact origin remains unknown, but not a few arnis practitioners attribute its creation to pre-Hispanic Filipinos, particularly Mactan’s hero-chieftain, Lapu-Lapu.