Anyone else who think today’s childhood past times are boring? When I was my little sister’s age, I was running up and down the streets shouting “langit!” or “taya!”. Makapag-uwi lang ako ng isang dangkal na teks, masaya na ko! She, on the other hand, strives for higher numbers in a mobile game. Not fun! And also not healthy.
With that, I say it’s time to teach the little ones how to really have fun! Here’s a list of the street games that made our childhood days fun and active.
– Ang larong lamang ang mahahaba ang galamay. ‘Pag walang chalk, hollow block debris can be used to draw the lines.
2. Luksong baka
– The goal is to jump over a crouched person pretending to be the “baka”. It gets harder as the “baka” becomes taller after every successful jump.
3. Tumbang preso
– One of the most famous Filipino street games. All you need is an empty tin can and players and their slippers. It’s challenging because it requires some level of dexterity.
– It’s like the “the floor is lava” game, but it involves chasing and tagging. Thanks to this game, Quiapo pickpockets can never outrun me.
– The Filipino version of Hopscotch, plus a book’s worth of new rules. Pinoys added rules and “levels” to it just to prolong the game. Creative!
– If you think “beyblades” are cool, wait until you see a game of turumpo. Here, no one goes home with their tops spinning in one piece.
– This game shows the Filipinos’ resourcefulness when it comes to spending their free time. What we need here is a shuttlecock-like thing called the “sipa”, which is made of a washer and colorful strips of plastic or cloth.
– “Teks” are small cards with fancy images of anything popular during the 90s. Here, everyone is equal because it involves a bit of gambling. All you need is luck.
– I guess this is where some people got their knack for collecting things. I could fill a shoebox with these fancy rubber figures when I was in 3rd grade! Some were even covered with wires for a stronger push and a fancier look.
– The local version of hide-and-seek but with an LSS-inducing chant: “tagu-taguan maliwanag ang buwan”. Sing it!
Now that it’s rainy and the afternoon weather is a bit more tolerable, I think I might go out and play with my childhood friends. A bunch of mid-20s playing langit-lupa? Crazy, but it’ll be fun.
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