What aptly described this game called Yo-yo or just Yoyo from ancient times of Pre-Hispanic Philippines is being a superb game for kids. The motor skills and imagination of the children to display or showcase many fancy tricks with the spinner and its string still amaze me these days.
Yo-yo is a toy consisting of a long string wound onto a spool that is dropped and raised repeatedly using the force of gravity and momentum to unwind and rewind the string.
I decided to share with you my hands-on experience with the Yoyo brothers in our barrio, with their nicknames Budoy and Bunso (means youngest), sons of my friend Enteng (nickname for Vicente) and Rose.
This hub is also my response to the personal request of my fellow hubber, BkCreative from Brooklyn, New York “that I should create a separate story about this Yoyo thing”. So, here it is now and I hope you will try spinning Yoyo one of these days. Or teach a trick or two with your kids.
Before the colonization period in the Philippines in 15th century, the natives of the archipelago possessed a formidable weapon called Yoyo. The first yoyo was made of hardwood and its string ( one meter long) usually made from rami leaves (native women weaved their colorful clothing out of this plant, aside from abaca fiber).
Aside from harnessing their skills in archery and fist fighting, our forefathers made a series of Yoyo tournament during those times. Yoyo can knock down your opponent or confuse if you hit him on the head. You can also use it a choking weapon.
In the annals of Philippine history, Spaniards were amazed upon learning that the natives used Yoyo as a weapon. Other colonizers, like Americans and Japanese brought this toy to their homelands and mass-produced it that catered mostly to kids.
Even fiction writers wrote about this toy from my country. It was even made as an anime or Japanese animation (cartoon movie) that renewed its popularity among children.
Yo-Yo Champ Dazzles The Plaza c/o CBS
Bringing the Yo-yo to the USA
One Filipino businessman braved to venture the legendary Yo-yo into the shores of USA. Pedro Flores was the first person who manufactured the yo-yo in America.
The yo-yo popularity spreads like a plague in many parts of the world. There are many competitions held in many occasion participated ion by both children and adults.
Manufacturing of yo-yo these days in the US have their special outsourcing factories in Asia, especially in China. Philippines have its own local factories, but, I can still buy yo-yo toys made from mainland China.
There are many kinds of yo-yo that you can choose from, if you're a beginner or even a professional one.
Have you ever heared of yo-yo called boomerang, spinner, cruiser, invader or even samurai? Now, you can venture into this kind of child's play once again. Let's play yo-yo. If you're ready.