In a couple of months, PKPH / Parkour Philippines will turn 10yrs old. As possibly the first Parkour organization that started out in the Philippines, lots have changed - thankfully most for the good. From a handful of after-school practitioners to thousands of great athletes within a decade, PKPH couldn't ask for anything better. For the past few months however, the community has found several game-changing circumstances that has lead everybody in the core group of volunteers to switch gear and look to a different direction - that is to migrate to another country. Again, as abrupt as it may sound, with both sentiments of regret and excitement, PKPH / Parkour Philippines will finally close its doors in the Philippines and move to one of the world's PK meccas, United Kingdom.
Upon interview with PKPH founders, two reasons - both animal in nature - were expressed in substantiation of the decision. Co-founder Derek Sta Ana stated the first reason,
As the summer season approached, we've seen a swarming surge of mosquitoes in the Metro making it virtually impossible for any after-office/school Parkour training. There was one time when I just took a chance as my body was simply craving for some movement, only to regret the decision as I came home with around fifteen bites in a matter of thirty minutes! After that incident, I just had to propose the idea of finally moving on.
Co-founder Ira Villar added reason number two,
Another big factor that lead to the move was the increase of 'Jaguars'. As if the hounding mosquitoes were not enough, we've seen an intensification of vigilance among the jaguars eyeing Parkour practicioners' every move, ready to pounce at first sight. To be fair, some are really calm, understanding and polite, but some even growl with much abusive language! Thankfully, it's in PKPH's philosophy to never engage and be always respectful. Thus, we simply use our Parkour skills to run away after an encounter.
As of the time being, PKPH's group of core volunteers are still under talks with Kie Willis of Storm Freerun and Toby Segar of Storror as to whom the organization will merge with. For the mean time, PKPH will remain independent and will be renamed as Parkour Philippines United Kingdom - PKPHUK. The move will be sponsored by the United Kingdom government through British Embassy in Manila as the organization was able to request for assistance as early as 2004.
To the Parkour community in Philippines, thank you for the past 10yrs. We have made strides into turning the country into a Parkour-friendly society. We are honored to have met all of you. Until we all meet again!