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Doce Pares de Francia was a play which dramatized the triumph of the Spanish Christians over the Muslim Moors. It was introduced to the Philippines by the Spanish via Mexico, then renamed by the Filipinos to moro-moro, and used to preserve their fighting arts as the first curriculum of arnis de mano. Garimot Arnis preserves the 30 traditional sequences of the battle-dances in the moro-moro, and all students are required to learn them and the hidden application, with a variety of weapons and shields. Every member of the Garimot lineage has been a moro-moro player.