On February 6, 2012 the art of Capoeira will reach over 80 kids living in the Lingap Center in Toledo City, Cebu. The center houses kids who have suffered from child abuse, abandonment, neglect and exploitation. The class will be led by Instructor Jensen Chow of Sinhá Bahia de Capoeira Internacional- Cebu.
The Lingap Center houses over 80 children and provides a haven for street children and orphans to rebuild their lives. A good number stay until they reach adulthood while some only stay a short period until they are placed in a safe environment. The original center was founded by the Toledo City Government and Dept. of Social Welfare and Development in 1988.
“Capoeira is a beautiful art in itself but it is a means to an end. The ultimate aim is to make people more comfortable with themselves and make them love themselves a bit more,” Instructor Chow said. The Capoeira community in Cebu is led by Instructor Jensen Go Chow, a balikbayan who has been training, teaching and performing Capoeira for more than a decade. He is a member of Sinha Bahia de Capoeira, an international grupo/association of Capoeira with branches in Brazil, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand and Philippines.