Wrestling in the Philippines can be divided into two major aggrupations: the native traditional wrestling forms and the modern Olympic wrestling styles.
Traditional Filipino wrestling
Gamol, which was a popular past time in some countryside areas of Camarines Sur, is hardly practiced nowadays due to the insurgency problem in the locales which intensified from the late 1980's to early 1990's.
Modern Olympic wrestling
The modern Olympic wrestling styles gained a foothold in the Philippines in the first half of the 20th century when Filipino amateur wrestlers began training and competing for the Olympic games and other international competitions.
There is a theory that Manuel Quintos, the maternal uncle of national hero Jose Rizal, learned the Olympic style of Greco – Roman during his travels in Europe, and that that was the wrestling style he taught his nephew, and not buno which was at that time the local wrestling form in their home province of Laguna and its adjacent Tagalog-speaking provinces. Assuming that that was the case, then Quintos can be considered as the first Filipino practitioner and coach of Greco-Roman, and therefore Olympic style wrestling, on record.
Wrestling Association of the Philippines
The Wrestling Association of the Philippines (WAP), which is currently led by Juan Alberto E. Balde, is the duly recognized national sports association (NSA) by the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) which task is to promote and manage the Olympic wrestling styles and traditional Filipino wrestling froms in the country.
- “Wrestling Association of the Philippines homepage.” Philwrestling.com.  (Accessed on January 21, 2011).
- ”Bultong.” Wikipilipinas.org.  (Accessed on January 21, 2011).
- ”Dumog.” Wikipilipinas.org.  (Accessed on January 21, 2011).