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The Kalasag is a large rectangular shield used by the natives in the Philippines. The shield is made of hardwood and is decorated with elaborate carvings.[1] The wood comes from native trees such as the dapdap, polay and sablang.[2] It was widely used throughout the archipelago for warfare. Datu Lapu-Lapu was reported to have used this shield during the Battle of Mactan in 1521.

The shield is measured about 1.5 metres. Its base is composed of rattan wood which is strengthened by the application of resin.[3] Its shape is commonly used as part of the official seal of the Philippine National Police.

See also


  1. New York Academy of Sciences, Synergy (Online service) (1917). Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. New York Academy of Sciences. pp. 236. 
  2. Dozier, Edward P. (1966). Mountain Arbiters: The Changing Life of a Philippine Hill People. University of Arizona Press. pp. 131. Retrieved 2008-08-11. 
  3. Junker, Laura Lee (1999). Raiding, Trading and Feasting. University of Hawaii Press. pp. 352. ISBN 978-0-8248-2035-0. Retrieved 2008-08-11. 

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