Philippines is rich in traditional games. Filipino traditional games are often played by using native materials, things or insturments. Filipino kids are known for their skills up creating, inventing and coming up with new games without using anything but themeselves. This kind of games requires physical skills and flexibility. This makes traditional Philippine games interesting and lot more challenging.
Old but good Filipino games differs a lot in games nowadays. Today, online games are becoming more and more popular. Boys of this generation plays action games while girls plays girly games like dress up games. Almost all of today’s games are done or played online or via visual screens. Unlike before, kids used to gather in the streets, vacant lots or nearby playgrounds to play their favorite Pinoy games. These games has been the most entertaining and popular pastimes before even by teens and adults until new types and kinds of gaming entertainment has taken over the interests of this generation.
Below, you will read my own top 5 Filipino traditional games. As a Filipino blogger my self, I used to play them when I was young until my early teen years until computers and video games almost made these games dissappear.
This game involes a grid drawn on the ground where one team will try to pass through while the opposing team tries to catch them without leaving or stepping off the grid’s lines at all times.
A Filipino game wherein members take the following rules: one as the “taya”, someone who takes the rule of a-player-at-stake and holds the responsibility of the Lata(tin can), and; the two others as the players striking. The game is performed by having the players a “pamato” (which is ones own slipper) used for striking the tin that is held beside the taya.
Two players serve as the base of the tinik (thorn) by putting their right or left feet together (soles touching gradually building the tinik). A starting point is set by all the players, giving enough runway for the players to achieve a higher jump, so as not to hit the tinik. Players of the other team start jumping over the tinik, followed by the other team members.
The players stand behind the edge of a box, and each should throw their cue ball. The first to play is determined depending on the players’ agreement (e.g. nearest to the moon, wings or chest). Whoever succeeds in throwing the cue ball nearest to the place that they have agreed upon will play first. The next nearest is second, and so on.
The object being used to play the game is also called sipa. It is made of a washer with colorful threads, usually plastic straw, attached to it. The sipa is then thrown upwards for the player toss using his/her foot. The player must not allow the sipa to touch the ground by hitting it several times with his/her foot, and sometimes the part just above the knee. The player must count the number of times he/she was able to kick the sipa. The one with most number of kicks wins the game.
I hope there are still Filipino kids out there who plays above said games. Health wise, they are absolutely better than video and computer games.
A guest post by: Ron Leyba
walang shato? expert ako dati dun nung bata ako.. hehehehehe….
Shato? Never heard of it. Pero syatong yata ito sa amin sa bisaya. I used to play this when I was a kid, too.
i love sipa(takyan), tumba preso(tumba lata), patintero(tubig-tubiganay)…not to mention the “tagaanay” and tigsu’,….sarap maging bata ulit Len!…lol!….luvs and muahhh!
Oh, yes, Non! Tagaanay and tigsu ang popular nung grade three tayo, hahaa!…muahh!
Filipino Recipes says
Nakakamiss ang old school games we used to play before diba? Iba pa rin yung mga games natin kesa video games. Agree?
Oo nga. Ewan nga lang kung alam ng mga kabataan ang mga laro na ito.
Filipino Recipes says
Kids within our community specially sa place na malapit sa amin, knows this kind of game. We promote it specially during mga Barrio Fiesta.
Wala na nga halos naglalaro ng Pinoy games ngayon eh, super bihira na. Most of the kids are addicted to FB games, Plants Vs. Zombies, Angry Birds and the likes. Sana nga ma introduce ulit sa mga bata ang ganitong games. I personally like Patintero and Piko.
i remember my childhood because of this post 🙂 Taguan, habulan, chinese garter and the other thing you mentioned sayang balikan hehe.
Ah, chinese garter! It’s popular when I was in elementary.
Hey though i am not aware of all Filipino games but i have tried some that you have listed like Piko and Luksong-Tinik. One of my friend know these. I found ’em really enjoyable. Had fun
Yeah you’re right wala na akong nakikita naglalaro ng pinoy games dahil new tech na sila pero mas enjoy kung iisipin mo nalaro ko lahat yan. Siguro kasi siguro wala ng open space at kung mayron man hindi na safe sa bata nasa kalye.
Long time no hear from me but I’m back. regards
Hello Ana, kumusta na rin! Long time to hear na nga tayo. I can’t leave comments on your blog kasi broken link yung comment text sa post mo, 404 ang lumalabas na page.