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Spirit of Pinoy Games

Merell Lystra L. Recta

123As I stare outside our widely open window, I can still remember how my playmates and I would gather at around 3 p.m. to play Pinoy games such as Patintero, Tumbang Lata, Luksong Baka, and a lot more—depending on how crazy our mind gets.  But staring at it now, I could barely see kids playing under the sun and laughing their hearts out as the “it” feels hopeless in winning the game—and it’s quite disappointing.

Pinoy games define our creativity and resourcefulness, even in the field of sports. Just by using stones to mark a cemented ground, one can play Patintero or Cross de Magellan. If you have a rope as long as Rapunzel’s golden hair, then you can play Hilahang Lubid with your friends. Even a stretched garter can be a fun and exciting game to play. It’s simple, but it’s as challenging as any other Western sport we usually compete in in schools.

This year’s intramurals had an added twist—the organizers decided to include Pinoy games as part of the competition for the first time. Not only students participated in the games, but teachers as well! It was great to look at those happy faces game on for playing our traditional games. Luksong Lubid, Sack Race, and Tug of War were the common ones played during the opening ceremony. To bring you back to a lane of these traditional games, let’s meet and greet some Pinoy games which you might have never heard of.

Araw-Lilim (Sun and Shade)

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This game needs the sun’s light and a tree’s shade. This running game with a twist allows the taggers to catch whoever is in the light.  If unfortunate, the one who’ll get caught will be next tagger. If you want to play safe, make sure you’re under the shade.

Taguang Silo and Babuy-babuyan

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These dirty little games are indeed challenging ones. In Taguang Silo, one player covers a hair strand with soil while the other, being blindfolded, tries to search for it. While in Babuy-babuyan, still using a hair strand, the players would catch as many ground insects as they can.

Sangkayaw

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With a coconut shell tied to strings and the other end being held by the players, this game challenges the competing teams to run as fast as they can to get to the other side, and back to the starting line to tag the next player.

They may or may not be familiar to you, but trying them out—even if you’re not a kid anymore—wouldn’t be so bad. Besides, the kid in you will eventually show as soon as the fun begins.

Our traditional games represent a part of our culture and should never be forgotten. No matter how progressive we are or how busy our schedules may be, let us recapture those days when fun was found outside and in mingling with other people. Let us keep the spirit of Pinoy games alive for the generations to come.

*With notes and photos from http://www.filipiknow.net/traditional-filipino-games/

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