Filipino Traditional Games That I Used to Play
Being an adult gives me less opportunity to play Pinoy games that I enjoyed the most when I was a kid, though nobody stops me from playing it again. However, due to the demands and responsibilities of the job that I am facing, I haven't got much time in doing so. I remember we played games for so many reasons; as pastime, specially in rural areas and during moonlit nights, we usually gathered in plazas, open areas, or main roads, trying different set of games and interacting with other kids in the neighborhood as part of our recreation, socialization and relaxation after a hard day's work.
I personally believe that playing games is part of growing up. Some games are challenging. Some are daring. Some are physical, some are intellectually stimulating. Playing games teach us the value of Sportsmanship. I remember that when we play games, we don't have any referees or even coaches to teach us how to play it right. As kids, we made the rules and we abide the rules, that's what we called "honor system".
Below are some of the games that I usually played when I was a kid.
(Other games are: Patintero, Holen, Taguan, Tumbang Preso, Palo Sebo, Sungka, Siato (Siatong), Piko and some others.)
In this modern word, I observed that most kids doesn't played these games anymore. Probably they even do not know what and how to play this games. Unfortunately, most of them are more aware and caught up with the modern toys that technology could ever offer. You have online games, PSP, PS2, nintendo and some others. Though, this might increase their mental abilities in terms of solving or maybe being active metally but pjhysically- NO!
Its commonly known that games, like the one I mentioned above, plays an important role in the learning process of the child. This educational influence of the games on the physical, mental, and moral vitality of a child is a factor why its still good to have these games be introduced to kids on this generation.
I wish that my future kids will experience the games that I played before. I could not imagine seeing them not enjoying the life that I have when I was a kid.
So.. let the games begin!