With the arrival of Brasilia-based Professor Batata from The Brazilian School of Capoeira (Escola Brasileira de Capoeira) and the establishment of EBC Philippines in April 2003, Metro Manila was introduced to capoeira. The school began with a modest student count of fifteen (15), which quickly doubled after the first major demonstration in Greenbelt a month after the school officially opened.
Interest grew as the media raced to feature this unique art form. By May 2004, fifty-five (55) students participated in the 1st International Capoeira Encounter, which brought three Brazilian teachers to Philippine shores – Mestre Oscar, the school’s founder & director; Mestre Paolo Victor – from the school in Portugal; and Instrutor Fantasma, from the main school in Brasilia, Brazil. This grand event drew even more attention to the art and the group, including several visits from foreign capoeiristas and Brasil Tropical, a traveling Brazilian arts performance group headed by a well-known capoeira master. Not long after, the group represented the art and the country in events in Singapore, Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Portugal, Austria, France and Brazil.
Today, the group is led by Mestre Fantasma and is composed of people from different ages, socio-economic backgrounds and professions. The number of venues for training is increasing and interest has spread outside of Metro Manila with out of town performances in Tagaytay, Batangas, Baguio, and even Cebu.