Manuel Caballero with his family in Toledo City Cebu

Grandmaster Manuel 'Mawe' Lebumfacil Caballero was born on April 23 1953 in Ozamiz City Mindanao. He is currently residing in Sitio Tugas, Ibo Toledo City and works as a bodyguard for the Mayor. His father GM Jose D. Caballero started giving him Eskrima lessons at the of age 9. Of his six brothers Eddie, Oscar, Nelson, Rodger, Salvador and Lando, only Salvador, Oscar and Lando took Eskrima seriously. Bador's Eskrima however, is not De Campo but hodgepodge of various styles he learned from different systems. Oca specializes in dagger fighting.

His father GM Caballero or Nong Otek was also into hypnotism, orascion and judo during the pre-war years in Toledo. GM Caballero trained with a certain Santiago 'Tiago' Amaya in Ibo and used to lift heavy stones in practice. He went to Kanlaon during World War II and got the knowledge of orascion and hypnotism from an old hermit . His orascion gave strong emphasis on the words of God the Father.

While undergoing Ranger training with the Molave Warriors, a fellow soldier told the CO about Mawe's Eskrima background and was challenged by the CO to show his skills. Hesitantly he obliged but warned the Commanding Officer challenging him that he could get hurt. The CO a graduate of the elite Philippine Military Academy boasted that his Eskrima could not beat his Karate techniques. The fight was a very lopsided mis-match with the CO being badly bruised in the legs and knees. Like a true officer and gentleman the CO accepted defeat and thereafter assigned Mawe as unarmed combat instructor of their unit.

Mawe trained in the Army in 1978 with combat experience in Jolo. Like his legendary father, Mawe possessed an intrinsic combat mindset and was reputed to seldom seek cover in a firefight. He wears a medallion of San Miguel that he swears gave him protection. His unit took part in the pursuit operations of the notorious Usman Salih the MNLF commander responsible for treacherously killing Marine General Bautista and dozens of his troops. Amongst the spoils of war, he once collected a Kris, a Barong and a M2 carbine from a Moro casualty, but the souvenir was later ripped off by his commanding officer Lt. Dailig. Mawe ascribes his invincibility in Jolo firefights to the panipas incantations he inherited from his father's Orascion.

He learned the orasciones by secretly studying the librettos of his old man. He was later given the complete lesson in orascion by his father with devotions that include daily prayers starting at 6 am, 12 noon, 3pm and 6 pm.

The unique features of De Campo 1-2-3 are the hayang-kulob techniques and the specialization of solo baston. Stick lengths vary from 28 to 30 inches. Beginners start with slow drills and progress later to fast combinations. Siete Pares is the first basic instruction along with proper grip of garrote, stance and range estimation.

The first tournament he competed in representing De Campo was on August 1979 during the First National Invitational sanctioned by the NARAPHIL. He fought in the Senior Division and won Silver Medal and awarded the Best Fighter Award. During the second round of that tournament he complained to GMs Momoy and Euling Canete to fight armourless, but was told by Atty. Dionie to stay in the game as the whole thing was already "arranged."

He fought in another tournament in 1982 and became champion of the Senior Division, beating Lofranco who eliminated Edgar Sulite in the same tournament. During the tournament Edgar went around telling everyone that he didn't like to beat Mawe so as not to disappoint the old man GM Jose Caballero. A confrontation with Mawe never realized with Edgar's humiliating defeat in the hands of Lofranco a Balintawak stylist who Mawe beat in the championship bout.

Today Mawe continues to teach the same syllabus of De Campo 1-2-3 Original in his father's hometown of Barrio Ibo, Toledo City.