PHOTOS BY MARY IMBONG
SPECIAL THANKS TO PARKOUR PHILIPPINES, ENZO YABUT, CHAD YEE, AND GERARD CASTRO
Parkour practitioner, Enzo Yabut recalls how hyper he was as a kid: “I used to jump around a lot; I jumped on sofas, I jumped up and down on my bed, I leapt from the stairs to the ground. Like most kids do.” Much to the disapproval of his mother. Now, the incoming senior student from Ateneo—whose lithe, or dare we say, skinny frame belies his wall-to-wall jumping skills—has found a better outlet for all that excess energy.
On the Internet, you’ll see folks—“traceurs,” they are called—leaping across ledges, vaulting over rails a la luksong baka, and scaling monolithic walls. These how’d-they-do-that stunts have left many a mouth agape ever since the scene exploded in the past decade. Even the talented Mr. Jackie Chan must have slow-clapped seeing these.
And for two years now, Enzo has been practicing this demanding discipline that originated in France, as a member of Parkour Philippines. The group, established in 2004, is one of the more visible parkour organizations in the country, a co-founder of which is Ira Villar, who formed it after having seen a parkour documentary, Jump London.
Mirroring the discipline’s just-keep-running attitude, Villar and his crew have not looked back since, enjoying media exposure in telenovelas, commercials, and lifestyle shows.
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