fighter Brandon Vera shares history of the barong tagalog to the Gandang Gabi Vice audience.
On Gandang Gabi Vice, Mixed Martial Arts fighter Brandon Vera shared that his mom is from Batangas and his dad is from Quezon. He clarifies though that he is half-American. “My birth mother (is) puti. She’s American. Yung nagpalaki sa akin, Mom tawag ko. Mom, she’s the one who raised me. She’s Pinay.”
Brandon speaks Filipino surprisingly well and he also knows some Filipino stuff most Filipinos don’t know. He shared the history of the barong tagalog with the GGV fans. “The history of the barong, as I was told travelling the US looking for answers, was when the Spanish colonized the Philippines they tried to make us wear clothes. Kasi di ba we were savages, not wearing clothes. So pinasuot tayo ng damit, tapos laging (naka)tago yung mga weapons ng mga Filipino. So I guess the way they fixed the problem was they came up with a shirt that was see through-- the barong tagalog.”
Brandon also revealed how he got started with MMA. “I was wrestling through the F-force, wrestling through my whole college, high school, elementary, middle school… So after that, you know naghahanap ako ng iba that I would love to do. And I was watching TV with my brother at home and we saw the people that I trained with, Randy Couture on TV. And then I said ‘Aba, kasama ko yan sa wrestling a, sige subukan ko nga yan.’ So I went to the gym and I started training and then I started fighting and I fell in love with the sport. Nagustuhan ko na talaga.”
When asked what it takes to be an MMA fighter, Brandon said, “Kailangan talagang matindi ka. Kahit talo ka na hindi ka pa hihinto. You need to be able to always understand there’s always going to be bad days and kailangan kaya mo pa rin yun.”