The issue of the UK's No.1 martial arts magazine, Martial Arts Illustrated, features a 6 page cover article on my interest in my birth country's Filipino Martial Arts.
An excerpt with interviewer, Johnny Silmon:
Johnny: Rachel, I know you are a very well-travelled lady having been all over the world. You recently got back from the Philippines. What took you over there?
Rachel: I went to the Philippines on charitable business as Global Ambassador to Human Nature organic products. While I was there I also took part in the highly anticipated ‘The Bladed Hand’ - a documentary about the global impact and current state of Eskrima/Kali/Arnis, collectively known to most readers I’m sure as the Filipino Martial Arts. We visited and filmed Bihasang Guro Ignacio Casas of Bahad Zu’Bu at his knife-making workshop in Manila and while there I purchased several knives. The Bladed Hand shows how this native art from the Philippines has had a significant impact on military systems and even on Hollywood. Most are unaware that F.M.A is the Philippine's greatest cultural export.
Johnny: Along with Manny Pacquiao of course! That guy is a phenomenon!
Rachel: How strange you should mention him. I was invited to go and meet Manny at his pre-fight training camp in Baguio which is up in the mountains and just a short flight away from Manila. However, I had to attend an outdoor GK charitable public event with the President of the Philippines.
Johnny: That’s pretty high level to say the least!
Rachel: (Laughs) I know. I was unexpectedly introduced on stage and spoke a few words to a crowd of 20,000. This was just prior to the President ascending the stage himself to address the entire nation. The whole event was live on T.V and I must say it probably was one of the craziest moments of my life. I am still hoping I will get to meet Manny some other time.
Johnny: I’m sure it will happen one day. Don’t forget to call me because I would love to meet Manny too. (Laughs) What a legend!