Sunday, March 24, 2013

Street Games

   Patintero is a game played by splitting into two teams.  It requires to line a road in squares.  Teams would take turns guarding the lines as the other team penetrates the squares.  If a guard gets to tap anyone from the other team as that player crosses the line the teams switch places called taya, which in this game means line guards. 

Tumbang Preso (knock down the prisoner) is another street game that required two teams.  It needs only one line with an empty tin can as the preso or the prisoner.  The taya or guard makes sure the other team does not knock down or tumba the tin can off its position.  The other team throws their slippers to knock the tin can off the line then they can safely run across the line.  The guard has to put the can upright on the line before he can go chasing the running team.  Points are made every time a team crosses that line without getting tapped by the guard.  This game may seem simple but it requires accuracy in targeting the can with a slipper and running fast dodging the guard should he manage to get the tin in position while the runners are crossing the line.

   Sipa or kick involved bouncing a metal weight wrapped in plastic or paper using a foot while the other foot is used to balance.  The number of bounce is counted as points and the count ends the minute the sipa hits the ground.  

    These games showed how Filipino children can have fun without commercially manufactured toys.  Did children from industrialized countries have more fun with their dolls, toy guns, etc.?  The little girls played mom with the dolls while the little boys imagined killing with toy guns.  Some of those little girls grew up thinking their babies should be put back on the shelf and some of those little boys grew up wanting to be highway snipers.  (Isaiah 2:4)

   The Filipino children grew up to be team players and non-aggressive competitors in the game called life.  

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