Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Manila, Phils.
Here's the 2nd slide, i.e., various Filipino costumes, from the 1590 Boxer Codex. Note that it appears that everywhere in Luzon (northern Philippines) and the Visayas (central Phils.), the same symmetrical blade with bifurcated hilt was used.
On the one hand, one can become suspicious as to whether the painter just became lazy and thus painted the same sword type over and over again.
On the other hand, the painter's attention to details (on the dress, accessories, etc.) tends to negate that apprehension.
In any case, I think the point is that for a long time as far as our country is concerned, it looks like there's some homogeneity in sword design. Perhaps they figured that if it ain't broke, then one should not fix it.