In 2009, then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed Republic Act No. 9850 declaring arnis as the national martial art and sport of the Philippines. Aside from directing the Department of Education to include arnis as a Physical Education course, the sport will be included among the priority events in Palarong Pambansa (National Games) starting 2010.
Training for arnis involves the use of a pair of rattan sticks, each about 28 inches in length. Way back in 2005, I recall buying a pair in Manila's Quiapo district for sixty pesos. However, I still have not learned the essentials of arnis, so the sticks have not yet served the purpose: