Tala, Orani, Bataan, Philippines - Last December 2011, Barangay Tala in cooperation with the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA), Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC), and Philippine Olympics Committee held the Aeta Olympics.
The Aetas are indigenous persons of the Philippines that live in northern Luzon. Today, they serve as a prime example of a community that can live in harmony with nature. The mini Olympics was held, so the Aetas could showcase their skills in tree climbing, archery, javelin throwing, and blow dart shooting. Moreover, the parties involved wanted to showcase the culture and importance of the Aetas in the Philippines.
Present during the event was BCDA chairman Felicito Payumo, who proved he has the potential to be a skilled marksman, as seen in the video below:
There were a lot of media outfits that covered the event, most notable of which is TV5, who took photographs, shot live videos, and did live interviews, throughout the event.
(TV5 reporter interviews one of the Aeta tribesmen)
Shooting with a bow and arrow looks easier that it really is. I tried it and hit the target probably one out of then times. I didn't even try throwing a javelin or using a blow gun. They look a bit dangerous for beginners to fool around with.
*All photos and videos taken by me.