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Larong Pinoy - The Filipino Games
Traditional Pinoy Games
I've always wanted to be a kid! I remembered the times me and my childhood friends sneak out of the house just to play on the streets. "Larong pinoy" is a term for Filipino games, we often play outside the house most of the day and especially at night. We didn't notice how time flies until we realized we're getting older. Now I just can't help but reminisce those happy times we spent together. That is why I have written a couple of games I had played way back my childhood life.
Some Filipino Street Games I Used to Play:
1. "AGAWAN BASE"
It is called, "Stealing base" which is one of my favorites. This is a game often played by boys but girls are also fond of playing this.
Players: Two teams each consists of minimum of 2 players but the more the players, the more you enjoy it.
Things Needed: One marker each team to be used as the base, it could be a stone as big as a head or as small as a fist.
The Goal: The main goal for this game is to cover or guard each team's bases and make sure the opponents couldn't step on it. Another goal is to catch as many opponents as they can until they are all get caught and they win.
The Rules: There are two bases with equal number of members and there should be one person tasked to guard the base. Other players may leave the base to run and try to look for the right timing and strategy on how to steal their opponent's base by stepping on it. When the opponents see one member of the other team leaves their base, he or she can run to catch them. Then if another member of the other team tries to catch the other, he or she can run to catch the other. Whoever leaves the base first will be caught and the member should go back to their bases again to "renew" by stepping on to their bases again. If you get a chance to steal the opponent's base, before one member of that team tags you, then your team wins.
Another rule in tagging opponent's member is to catch them after they have left their base. Remember, you cannot catch an opponent when you first left the base or else they will be the one to catch you. Once you get caught, you become a prisoner and stands beside your opponent's base spreading both hands sideways until one of your team member saves you by touching or tagging you. Once you're saved, you are freed and that's the time you can go back to your base.
This game will develop your speed, agility and sportsmanship
When the sun was absent and the rain was falling. There was nothing I can do but to stay at home and play this alternative game which is also one of my favorites. Once you tried it, you can't help but to play again again because this game is so addicting!!
Sungka (this is pronounced as soong-kah). It is a Filipino game played on a wooden block with two rows consist of seven small, round pit holes and two large holes on both ends called "bahay" or store. Each player has its own store to his right and each small pit holes must contain seven (7) games pieces, it could either be small shells, stones, pebbles or seeds. Heads must remain empty. This game is also played in other asian countries including Indonesia and Malaysia where it is called as "Congkak"
Players: Consist of 2 players only
Things Needed: Wooden block, 49 game pieces,
The Goal: The goal is to accumulate as many game pieces as she can into her "bahay" or store according to the rules of moves and the distribution of those small shells.
Rules: *The game starts when the first player empties all pieces from a chosen hole and distributes them into the following pits one by one on a counterclockwise direction, including his own "bahay" or store, except the opponents store.
* If the last stone drops into a non vacant hole, then all the stones are gathered from that hole and distributed in the same manner in another round. This player's (current) turn ends when the last piece falls into an empty hole on the opponent's side.
* If the last stone falls into the player's own store " bahay", then he earns another move. By doing it, he may start at any occupied holes on his row.
* If the last stone falls into an empty hole on his row then his move ends.
* It's the opponent's turn, he chooses which pithole he want to start from, gather the stones and again distributes them one in each pithole to the right direction.
* If it's a player's turn and has no stones left on his row, then he must pass.
* The game ends when no stones are left in any pitholes on both sides of the board. * Each players then counts their stones and whoever accumulated most stones wins the game.
This one is another girlie game which is a Filipino version for hopscotch. This is also played by some boys. It involves a diagram drawn on the ground with either a chalk, a charcoal or stone which is divided into squares.
Players: From 2- 8 players
Things Needed: A "pamato" or marker, usually a flat- shaped stone, is used to mark at which square or number of section a player is at.
Rules: This game is played on the street. Using either a chalk, a charcoal or a stone, a rectangular diagram is drawn on the street divided into sections from 1-9 which is separated by squares. Players hop from one section to another.
* By doing this, a player must toss the marker and skip the number where the player is at then hops across the whole diagram and goes back.
* The player will pick up the marker and throw or toss it to the next section, and repeats the procedure again, skipping again on the number where the player is at.
* The player continues this procedure until he makes it to the final section.
* The first player who finish all the diagram wins.
Skills learned: Coordination of hand and eyes, balancing
4. "TUMBANG PRESO"
This is another common game in the Philippines, played outdoors usually in backyards, or even in streets with less vehicles passing by. This is also fun!
Players: 5-10 players
Things Needed: You'll need an empty can or plastic container and one slipper for each player
The Goal: The goal is to hit the can and knock it down with their slipper called "pamato" and then run to get their slipper back while the IT or the one who guards the can will try to tag them.
The Rules: * An empty can is set in an upright position 5 - 8 meters away from the throwing line and one player who's the IT guarding the empty can will stand near it
* As the game starts, the rest player, will stand before the throwing line and try to hit and knock the can down one by one. If the can has been hit, the players must get their slippers immediately otherwise they will be the next IT once the can has been put back in place and the IT tagged another player. and for the IT to put back the can inside a small circle a few meters away from the toe-line. When a player is tag while re-covering his pamato, he becomes thde IT.
* Once the hitter has not able to get his "slipper" back, the others can still save him by knocking the can down.
* The "IT" can tag the players after retrieving the can within the throwing line only.
* A player tagged by the "IT" before he reaches the throwing line becomes the next "IT" in the next game.
5. LANGIT LUPA ( Heaven and Earth)
It is a chasing game often played by children on the streets.
Players: 3 or more players, the more the merrier
Rules: A chasing game, where players can be exempted or immune from being tagged by the "it" as long as they stand on an elevated place ( langit) such as chairs, cement etc.
* The "It" can chase and tag players who remain on the ground (lupa) except the ones standing on the chairs or any elevated place.
* The player who has been tagged then becomes the next "It" and the game continues.
I will never forget these wonderful Filipino games. These are something I'm going to treasure for the rest of my life and will share these fun experiences to my kids and grand kids. This "larong pinoy" is something every Filipinos can be proud of because once in my life I was once a kid who played a trully fun "pinoy games".
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