by Ruby Thursday More, Panglantaw Mindanao

 

Unknown to most Mindanawons, the martial arts Kuntao Silat used to be commonly practiced by Muslims in Mindanao. During the martial law years however, its followers had to train behind closed doors to evade suspicion. Restoring the practice of Kuntao Silat is the life mission of Abdulnasser Ampatuan, an ustadz (Arabic teacher). Ampatuan goes around villages in Kabacan, North Cotabato to teach girls and boys the art and principles of Kuntao Silat. [PM]