In 1521 on the island of Mactan, was probably the most significant event in the history of the Philippines. The conquistadors, led by Ferdinand Magellan, fought the tribe led by Lapu-Lapu, which resulted in Magellan’s demise. But what if Ferdinand Magellan and Lapu-Lapu battled it out in a MMA fight? Who would have won a no-holds barred ‘mano y mano’ fight between these two fearless men? We wouldn’t dare think of any other outcome. So, to commemorate this piece of Philippine history, we printed this original artwork on a double-layered polyester/lycra fabric. To make sure it lasts, even during sparring, we’ve enclosed a drawstring on these VT shorts within its elastic waistband. Not only will you look bad ass in these shorts but you’ll also stay dry and comfortable because of their sweat-wicking ability.

Brand

Gawakoto

We are a fightwear company based in the UK.“Gawa ko ‘to” – a seemingly ordinary Filipino sentence that means, “I made this”… but to us, it means so much more.

Bong is a self-confessed comic book geek, dreaming of making it into the comic book scene.Instead, his art has found itself on rashguards, grappling tights, shorts, t-shirts and kimonos.

Gawakoto creations are heavily influenced by Bong’s passion for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), and the Filipino Martial Art, Kali. He values and takes pride in his Filipino heritage, which is reflected in his designs.

Gawakoto prides itself in producing uniquely designed fightwear apparel. His unconventional take on graphics and art has appealed, not just to geeks alone, but to various martial arts/ BJJ practitioners.

Apart from designing for the brand, Gawakoto has been privileged to collaborate with some of the biggest and coolest fightwear companies in the UK, USA and Japan.

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