Filipino street games that made your childhood fun and active

Filipino street games that made your childhood fun and active

August 1, 2017 | Throwback

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.

1. Patintero
– 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.
4. Langit-lupa
– 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.
5. Piko
– 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!
6. Turumpo
– 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.
7. Sipa
– 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.
8. Teks
– “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.
9. Tatsing
– 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.
10. Taguan
– 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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