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The Traditional Filipino Street Games are Alive in the Philippines

high-tech game gadgets 4In today’s modern age of technology, are there children who still play the traditional Filipino street games, like Luksong Tinik, Patintero, Tumbang Preso, Sipa, Holen, Piko?

With the popularity of the online games, XBox, PSP, iPad, and many interesting gadgets, some children have stopped going to the streets to play these games; and for most kids who live in fenced houses, they haven’t even heard of these games at all, which is sad because most of their parents have enjoyed these games when they were young.

Actually, the Traditional Filipino Games are very much alive in the Philippines. It is not true that the Filipino Street Games are no longer played, as some would say that it has vanished in Philippine society in the age of computers and high-tech gadgets. In many urban and rural areas, a great majority of Filipino children still play outdoor street games as most of them are still unable to own expensive high-tech gadgets.

Game Clips - Larong Pinoy ClipsTraditional Filipino Games or games in the traditional Philippines are games commonly played by children, usually using native materials or instruments. In the Philippines, due to limited resources of toys of Filipino children, they usually come up on inventing games without the need of anything but the players themselves. With the flexibility of a real human to think and act makes the game more interesting and challenging.

A few decades ago, kids used to gather in the streets or in their neighborhood playground to play their favorite Larong Pinoy games like piko, patintero, taguan, tumbang preso, siyato, luksong tinik, etc. These has been their regular and popular pastimes, as well as the favorite games of their parents and grandparents until new and modern forms of entertainment has taken over the interests of young kids.

The traditional Filipino games were overshadowed by technology. Add to this to the fact that most parents today are wary of sending their kids off to the streets to play because they are worried for their safety. But then, if it’s just across the house, the exercise that the kids will get from these games would be worth it because physical outdoor activity is really good for them.

LP Kids 2Gone are the days when for kids, playing means going out in the sun, running, rolling, jumping and shouting. Today, playing means facing the computer or other gaming device, pressing on buttons and keyboards, and spending the whole day just sitting around while facing the gadgets’ screens.

Indeed, times change, and so are the people’s ways and practices. Parents nowadays often lament on the fact that their kids are no longer familiar with traditional games such as patintero, taguan, piko, and habulan. But still they continue to support their kids’ addiction to Angry Birds, or other digital games for that matter, by buying them new gadgets in which they could play these games. Some parents would even play with their kids on these new gadgets. Perhaps they get addicted to online games as much as their children do.

There’s really nothing wrong with that. Technology is there for us to utilize to our advantage. And since they have become the source of entertainment for the kids of this generation, why not embrace it as well? The problem however, is when we totally abandon our past and forget the ways and practices of our childhood. Forgetting about our traditional games, and not putting an effort to introduce them to today’s younger generation, is like cutting the connection between the past and the present.

Pinoy generation collage 2Introducing your kids to the traditional games is one way of instilling in them a sense of history. In that way, you do not only teach them something really interesting, but you also help them develop better futures by becoming aware of what transpired in the past, as represented by the fun games their parents did as kids.

Try to find other option if you think your community is not conducive to street games. Be creative in finding the time and the venue to expose your kids to these Filipino games. Nowadays, you can go to the CCP area in Roxas Boulevard which has lots of open spaces where you and your kids can play. It will benefit them more because they will cherish these memories of you spending time and playing with them.

Filipino games also help in bridging a connection between the kids and their elders, because these are the same games that were enjoyed by their parents and grandparents. The games serve as a common denominator among the members of the family.

Let children experience the fun things of playing the Filipino Street Games. Those traditional and classic games -piko, tumbang preso, chinese garter, luksong tinik, sipa, patintero, and many more. These are the games that were far more enjoyable than playing digital games. These are the cheapest forms of child play that will greatly benefit kids’ physical, social, mental and emotional development.

Play the games — these are the Filipino Games — the games of our heritage.

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Check-Out the WIKIPEDIA article on the “Traditional games in the Philippines”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traditional_games_in_the_Philippines#Reference

 

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Palarong Pinoy: A Fun Team-Building Sports Fest

Palarong Pinoy: A Fun Team-Building Sports Fest

More and more Filipino corporations are organizing Palarong Pinoy sports fests. Over 100 companies have held Larong Pinoy Corporate Mini-Olympic Events.  Human Resource Managers have testified that a Larong Pinoy even is truly a one-of-kind activity that leave lasting impression on employees, and bring out the best in each and everyone.

Unlike Basketball or any of the usual western sports activities, Larong Pinoy is a game where everybody will be able to easily participate in.  Even employees who don’t want play enjoys the event — cheering, “jeering” and supporting the teams.  Iba ang Larong Pinoy.  Ito ang tunay na Laro nating mga Pinoy.

A Larong Pinoy  company sports fest is both for young and old employees, for male and female, and for everybody who’s every inch a Filipino.

Magna Kultura started advocating Palarong Pinoy company sports fests in 2009 as a way of promoting patriotism among adults in a fun way.  Since then, the word spread that companies could have an alternative sporting event other than the usual western games.  Companies have been requesting Magna Kultura to organize their sports fest not only during summer, but any month of the year.

Magna Kultura organizes the games like a real Olympics with Tournament Systems, Referees, Game Marshals. Employees are grouped into teams with team captains.  And competitions are conducted with matches on Patintero, Tumbang Preso, Jumping Rope, Sipang Bilangan, and various Pinoy Relay Races with timed heats & team scores tabulated.

But what makes it even great is that, everyone who plays the game with their fellow- employees gets the feeling like they are childhood playmates (magkababata).  The activity becomes a unique team-bonding experience.  The experience goes beyond the event as employees cherish the thoughts of the games through-out the year.

To build a corporate family, let employees play like children.  Because employees work hard — let them play hard!  A Sports Fest Team Bonding Activity can be held anytime of the year.  It doesn’t have to be summer.

 

 

For more information, visit our Larong Pinoy website at http://filipinogames.multiply.com/  To get a sample document that you can use to present to your management, download an event concept plan at http://filipinogames.multiply.com/profile/resume/resume.pdf

For coordination, contact:

DICKIE AGUADO, Executive Director – MAGNA KULTURA FOUNDATION

Tel. Nos. : 514-5868 /  Mobile: 0917-8990025 or 0922-8990026

Or Email us at: kulturapilipinas@gmail.com

 

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The World Population Reaches 7-Billion. Countdown Oct 31, 2011.

World Population Day is celebrated annually on the 11th July. This important observation is an outgrowth of the Day of 5 Billion, which was observed on 11 July back in 1987. It was later recommended that 11 July be observed as World Population Day.

World Population Day seeks to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues, particularly in the context of overall development plans and programmes, and the need for collective actions.

This year the World Population Day marks the launching of a campaign called “7 billion”, an international move to celebrate the milestone of 7 billion of the world’s population. The campaign will engage people throughout the globe on what it means to live in a world with 7 billion people and encourage actions on issues that affect all of us.

On October 31, 2011, as many folks are out celebrating Halloween or All Saints Day, the world’s population is expected to hit 7 billion people, according to estimations by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

 

In spirit of this outlook, the UNFPA in cooperation with the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Manila organized an event at Smokey Mountain, in Tondo, Manila as part of the countdown for the upcoming arrival of “The Day of 7 Billion”.

 

Co-hosted by Gawad Kalinga (Manila Chapter), U.N. delegates and JCI Manila will launching the event that will be attended by families from Smokey Mountain.  U.N. delegates will be visiting residences at Gawad Kalinga, and fellows from JCI Manila will have a medical outreach clinic.

 

The event at Smokey Mountain has a special message that intends to raise awareness and to reflect on what it means to live in a world of 7 billion people and take action on issues that affect us all.  UNFPA encourages citizens to think of “7 billion ideas” to counter potential problems that comes with the increase of the world population. UNFPA will enjoin every citizen to share ideas with each other, and encourage the role of the youth, to find a solution to the world’s problem’s.

 

 

After the ceremonies at the Gawad Kalinga center, the U.N. and JCI delegates will proceed to the Field Of Dreams Ballpark located at the Smokey Mountain, where Magna Kultura Foundation will be organizing Traditional Filipino Street Game activities.

U.N. delegates will be playing with Tondo kids in games, such as Patintero, Tumbang Preso, Luksong Tinik, Piko, and many other games.

 

Starting at 8 A.M., while ceremonies are being held at the Gawad Kalinga Center, Magna Kultura will start the game activities at the Field of Dreams with a Larong Pinoy Sports Clinic. Tondo youths will be treated to a Larong Pinoy sports instruction lesson teaching the game play mechanics with systematic drills and exercises.

 

Afterwhich, children will be enjoined to form into teams to play the games in a mini-sporstfest. The U.N. delegates will join the children during the sportfest for interaction, at the same time have a feel of our unique Filipino games.

 

The outreach event with the families at Smokey Mountain is the United Nation’s way of symbolically commemorating “The Day of 7 Billion”.  UNFPA eagerly desires to promote the right of every man, woman and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity.  The event is the beginning of UNFPA’s campaign to create awareness towards the commitment for a healthy and sustainable world for all.

 

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Ang Pagbabalik Ng Palarong Pinoy Sa Sambayanang Pilipino

Palarong Pinoy. Ang Mga Laro Ng Lahi. – Ang Pagbabalik Ng Palarong Pinoy Sa Sambayanang Pilipino.

Muling nabuhay ang laro ng Lahi sa mga pamayanan sa Pilipinas nang inilunsad ng Magna Kultura Foundation ang Larong Pinoy sa mga barangay. Hindi lamang mga palaro ang isinagawa ng Magna Kultura, kungdi nagtatag pa ng isang “Sports Clinic” ma kung saan may mga instructors na nagtuturo ng ‘siyentipikong’ proseso sa paglalaro.

Sa panahon ng ‘high tech’ at modernong laruan, ipinakilala sa bagong kabataan ang mga laro gaya ng Patintero, Tumbang Preso, Piko, Luksong Tinik, Holen, Sipa, Siyato, at iba pang mga larong katutubo. Ito ang Larong Pinoy — ang laro ng ating lahi.

Ginawang siyentipikong ‘Sports Clinic’ ang mga pagsasanay sa Larong Pinoy
Kakaiba ang sistemang isinasagawa ng Magna Kulura sa pagtuturo ng mga laro; dahil bukod sa laro, ito ay hinaluan ng mga pagsasanay at mga proseso sa pagkilos at hakbang sa bawat laro.



Halimbawa na lamang sa paglalaro ng Piko, bago pa man umpisahan ang paglalaro nito, ay itinuturo ang tamang pagbabalanse ng katawan, tamang katayuan at paghakbang, kasama ang pagyuko habang pinupulot ang pamato.  Gayun din sa mga ibang laro tulad ng Patintero at Tumbang Preso; ang tamang pagbabantay, pag-asinta, at pati tamang tiyempo at hakbang ay itinituro din.

At kung panunuorin, sadyang nakakamanghang makita ang mga kabataang sabay-sabay na nagsasagawa ng mga pagsasanay.  Ang mga palarong ito ay nilagyan din ng sistema ng Magna Kultura.  Sa Patintero at Tumbang Preso ay mayroong referee, may sinusunod na oras at patakaran katulad ng pagtawag ng “foul” at iba pa.  Kaya naman lalong naging mas kapanapanabik ang paglalaro.


Buhayin Ang Mga Laro Bilang Pambansang Palaro
Para sa Magna Kultura, ang kasalukuyang pagsasagawa ng laganap sa ‘sports clinc’ na may siyentipikong pagsasanay at paglagay ng sistema ay paghahanda sa mga kabataan at mga paaralan upang sa darating na taon, gagawin itong isang
Pambansang Palaro. Sa gayong paraan, ang mga batang nageensayo sa mga barangay at paaralan ay may maaasahang palaro na kanilang sasalihan.  Sa ganito ring paraan ay masisiguro natin na mananatiling buhay ang mga laro ng ating lahi.

Bakit Mahalaga Ang Mga Laro?
Ang mga laro ay mahalagang simbolo para sa maraming Pilipino. Ang mga katutubong laro ng
ating lahi aynagbibigay ng masayang alaala sa halos karamihan ng Pilipino, lalo na noong hindi pa uso ang mga modernong laruan.  Maraming kwento ang mga magkakaibigan tungkol sa mga laro.  Alaala nang sila ay naging “patotot”, kung sino ang madalas nagiging balagoong, at hanggang ngayon, kapag napaguusapan, masaya pa ring nagtutuksuhan ang mga magkakaibigan.  Sa pakikipaglaro sa kapit-bahayan nabubuo ang samahan at alaala ng magkababata.

Ginintuang alaala ang dala ng mga larong ito.  Ito ang nagbibigay buhay sa mga kumunidad. Ito rin ay isa sa mga nagbibigay lalim sa samahan ng mga magkababata.

Binubuhay Ang Damdaming Makabayan
Ito ang ilan sa mga dahilan kung bakit nais buhayin ng Magna Kultura ang Larong Pinoy.  Nais natin ipadama sa mga bagong kabataan ang kasiyahang dulot ng mga masasayang larong ito.  Bukod pa rito ay nakikita ng Magna Kultura na ang pagpapakilala ng mga laro ay isa ring paraan upang ipamahagi sa mga kabataan ang pagmamahal sa sariling atin, na isa ring hakbang tungo sa pagiging makabayan.

Nagbibigay Buhay sa Pamilya
Bukod pa dito, ang Larong Pinoy ay nagsisilbi ring paraan sa paglalapit ng damdamin ng mga kabataan sa kanilang mga magulang at ninuno. Ang mga larong ito ay nagiging daan sa masayang kwentuhan ng pamilya sapagkat may isang aspeto sa kanilang buhay na nag uugnay sa kanila.


Nagbibigay Buhay sa Kapit-Bahayan
Ang isa pang maganda dito ay muling mabubuhay ang kapit-bahayan sa kasiyahan ng mga batang naglalaro.


Bukod sa bumubuo ito ng alaala para mga bagong magkababata, masaya rin naman itong mapapanood ng mga magulang at matatanda at tiyak na mabubuhay rin ang masasaya nilang alaala habang nakatanaw sila sa mga naglalaro.




Nagbibigay Talas sa Kaisipan at Lakas sa Katawan
Sadyang napakaraming maidudulot ang Larong Pinoy.  Masiglang nakakapag-ehersisyo ang mga bata sa labas, kaysa sa naka-upo lang sa loob ng bahay na nanonood ng telebisyon o maghapon sa computer.  Natuturuang maging maliksi ang kilos nila at nakakapagpatalas din ng isip ang karamihan ng mga laro.  

Sa gitna ng globalisasyon at modernong panahon na kung saa’y uso ang mga computer at ‘high tech’ na laruan, ang muling paglulunsad ng mga Larong Pinoy ay bukas-palad na tinatanggap ng karamihan ng mamamayan. Masaya ang mga magulang at nakatatanda dahil matututunan din ng mga kabataan ang laro ng ating lahi.

Halos lahat ng mga lugar na pinipiling paglulunsaran ng Larong Pinoy ay mga barangay o paaralan na kung saan ang nakararami ay mga walang kakayanang bumili ng ‘high tech’ na laruan, at ang tanging kinikilalang palaruan ay ang lansangan.  Larong-kalye kung tawagin din ito, ngunit para sa Magna Kultura, dito mas nababagay ang mga Larong Pinoy.  Sa kalye na mas maraming kabataang Pinoy ang masisilayan, sa kalye, kung saan ang mga karaniwang Pinoy ay nagkakadaupang-palad at nagkakaroon ng masayang samahan.

Larong kalye man kung tutuusin, ngunit mga larong naguugnay, nagbibigay ng matamis na halakhak, nagpapanumbalik ng mga magagandang alaala, at nagpapapukaw ng mga damdamin ng ating pagiging Pilipino!

Tara na! Makibahagi! Makisaya! Makigulo!
Mag Larong Pinoy Tayo!

ANG LARONG PINOY AY HATID SA MAMAMAYANG PILIPINO NG
MAGNA KULTURA FOUNDATION


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About Magna Kultura’s Larong Pinoy Advocacy in the Philippines

Palarong Pinoy, i.e. “Larong Lahi” are the games of our heritage. It is cherished by generations of Filipinos as a cultural treasure. It was played by our forefathers, our grandparents, our parents, as it is being played by our children today.  The tradition of play is passed on through generations. It is very much alive in Philippine society today amidst the modern era of technology.

“Larong Pinoy”, the Filipino Traditional Street Games, is an advocacy by Magna Kultura Foundation in the Philippines to sustain the games in  the mainstream Philippine society.

Larong Pinoy activities are organized by Magna Kutura Foundation to sustain the games, and as a way to foster appreciation of Filipino culture among the new generation of Filipino youths. Amidst the age of computer games, Magna Kutura launched the Play Camps to promote active outdoor play, and to open an avenue for children to play with neighborhood friends.

Larong Pinoy outreach programs promotes the game play mechanics of the popular traditional Filipino street games games like Patintero, Tumbang Preso, Piko, Luksong Tinik and other Pinoy games.  The sports clinic features systematized drill instruction methods and a mini-tournament session for hands-on application.

There are many benefits that play offers in the lives of children: it’s healthy as they become physically active; it’s also social, as they build strong camaraderie with their neighborhood friends. Playing the Pinoy games are convenient and inexpense. We believe that once children learn to play these games it will build wholesome camaraderie among kids in the neighborhood, bring back the fun and enliven communities, at the same time create bonding among parents and grandparents about games they which they are familiar with.

The Larong Pinoy Play Camps are conducted by Magna Kutura in a sports clinic fashion teaching detailed mechanics on how to play each game — and we call it “Eskwe-Laro©”.  It’s fascinating to see the kids to each drill exercise, giggling their way through each task.  The ‘scientific’ methods for teaching Larong Pinoy is something never before done in the history of the games.

The activity transforms people, transform places. It revives a way of life and fun in communities. We are passing on something that children will remember forever in the lives. And we believe that long after the Play Camp have left their community the legacy will live on, in their barangays and among their children’s children.

Magna Kultura Foundation is using the Larong Pinoy advocacy as a cultural solution.  Instead of lecturing kids on about Patriotism and family bonding — through “play” we let them experience the Filipino Spirit.

In a creative and fun way, we instill Patriotism, and make them realize that the games are Heritage Games played by their parents, their grandparents, and that these are truly Filipino games.  We also make them proud to be playing a game that has been passed on from generation to generation.  Larong Pinoy makes them proud to be part of the rich Filipino heritage.

Magna Kultura Foundation is an education-for-development NGO, and has been conducting educational and cultural programs in schools and barangays.  Magna Kultura Foundation was founded in the year 2003 and is a duly registered organization with SEC Registration Certificate No. CN200312428.

Currently, our efforts are focused on activities that promote Philippine history, national culture and pride for Filipino heritage.  In the past, we were instrumental in the organization of the nationwide Kite Flying Festivals organized in regions, as well as with many theater arts workshops conducted in barangays.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Contact  Magna Kultura Foundation

Telephone Number:  (632) 514-5868  /  Mobile Cellular: +63 917-8990025

Email: kulturapilipinas@gmail.com

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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20 Philippine Hospitals Compete In Larong Pinoy Sports Fest

In celebration of the National Hospital Week last August, twenty (20) Philippine government hospitals will be competing in a Palarong Pinoy Sports Fest at the Marikina Sport Center.

Surgeons, Physicians, Doctors, Nurses, and medical staff will all take time-out to play the games of our heritage — Patintero, Tumbang Preso, Piko, Luksong Lubid, Luksong Tinik, and other Filipino Street Games — and “emergency leave” that will make them re-live their youthful spirits.

A total of 600++ plus medical practitioners participating in the games will be divided into six (6) teams, playing in two divisions.

The Philippine Hospitals that participated in the Palarong Pinoy Mini-Olympics were:

BLUE TEAM

DOH Undersecretary Ted Herbosa welcomes the Doctors & Nurses during the event

Rizal Medical Center

Dr. Jose Reyes Medical Center

Philippine Orthopedic center

RED TEAM

Quirino Memorial Medical Center

Valenzuela Medical Center

Las Pinas General Hospital

ORANGE TEAM

Dr. Jose Fabella Medical Center

East Avenue Medical Center

Tondo Medical Center


PINK TEAM

San Lorenzo Ruiz Women’s Hospital

Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center

National Children’s Hospital

Philippine Children’s Medical Center

GREEN TEAM:  

National Kidney & Transplant Institute

San Lazaro Hospital

Research Institute on Tropical Medicine

National Center for Geriatrics Hospital

 

VIOLET TEAM

National Center for Mental health

Lung Center of the Philippines

Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center

Marikina Mayor Del R. De Guzman graced the occasion to greet the medical practitioners commented, “It’s a happy sight to see adults playing the games of our heritage, and doctors and nurses at that”

The National Hospital Week Sports Fest is organized by Magna Kultura Foundation, the chief proponent of the Traditional Filipino Street Games in the Philippines.  Magna Kultura Foundation has been organizing Larong Pinoy in schools, Barangays, and recently, have been conducting mini-Olympics for local corporations.

 

“It is not true that Larong Pinoy is vanishing in the Philippines”, according to Dickie Aguado, Executive Director of Magna Kultura Foundation, “In fact, a lot of companies have been requesting for us to organize a Pinoy-flavored Olympics for their employees.  They want something new, away from the usual western games; and something “old” like Larong Pinoy, to make them feel young again.”

Contrary to the notion that the Filipino Street Games are no longer played, as some perceives that it has vanished in Philippine society; in urban and rural areas, a great majority of  children still play the games with their neighbourhood friends.

Larong Pinoy is a cultural treasure that is well-accepted by all Filipinos across all ages. The Filipino Games are timeless.  It is still cherished by many, as it is part of our heritage.  Larong Pinoy’s popularity encompasses not only the youth, but adult and elderly generation as well. It’s a timeless cultural treasure.  It promotes fun.  It promotes culture.  It instills patriotism.

Aguado adds, “The Doctors and nurses celebrating the National Hospital Week will surely be having a meaningful bonding experience.  It will make them young again”.

Buhayin Nating Ang Larong Pinoy. Buhayin Natin Ang Diwang Pinoy.

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Pinoy in Thoughts, in Words — and in Games!

MANILA BULLETIN FEATURE STORY   (Re-posted with lay-out enhancements) 
By Rachel C. Barawid, MB News Reporter

In this technology-driven world where almost everyone – including children – practically live a virtual lifestyle, only a handful of those who are aware of indigenous street games remain.

After school or during weekends, children retreat to their own little world — watching TV shows for hours on end, or playing computer games at home, at internet shops, or malls.

Left with a little choice, modern-day parents usually join their kids and succumb to the lure of technology for the purpose of bonding.

But are these children losing the real joys of childhood to temporary happiness afforded by computer games?

 

STREET GAMES VS. COMPUTER GAMES

“Ang mga lumaki sa computer games, walang kababata, walang kalaro. Meron lang sila ka-chat. They are usually couch potatoes who may even have a hard time accepting defeat,” points out Dickie Aguado, executive director of Magna Kultura Foundation (MKF).

Larong Pinoy Logo 2012 Stylized 1 - JPEGSince 2001, this education-for-development non-government organization has been on a mission to revive the playing of street games or Larong Pinoy among the youth in schools and residential communities.With students from over 80 public schools now into these native street games, plus a Department of Education memorandum that orders the games’ integration in the curriculum, MKF’s advocacy gains solid ground and gets the much-needed support from private firms such as the Metrobank Foundation Inc. (MFI).
 
At the Epifanio delos Santos Elementary School (EDSES) in Singalong, Manila, for instance, students are not just actively playing street games but are made to realize the values and benefits of these games.“Mas maraming kaibigan, mas enjoy tapos nagiging healthy ka pa. Sa PSP (Playstation) wala kang kausap, parang nagsasalita lang mag-isa. Hindi masaya,” says Sydney Dormitorio, a Grade 6 student at EDSES.
 
 
 Andrea Jane Ocampo, sixth grader, adds that by playing street games, she has learned to cooperate with people. She also gained a lot of friends and became physically fit.  “Sa computer games, mata lang, mga daliri at isipan ang gumagana. Sa larong Pinoy, di lang mahahasa ang isip mo pero buong katawan ma-eexercise,” notes 12-year-old Joshua Mark Orpilla.

 

ESKUWELARO: A SCHOOL FOR GAMES

EDSES principal Carmen Siao says only the movements used in these native games were initially incorporated in the DepEd curriculum. It was only lately that larong Pinoy is being actively promoted through DepEd’s Adopt-a-School program and MFI in partnership with Magna Kultura.

We have a learning continuum that is tailored for each grade level. This includes the teaching of calisthenics and western games. Usually, native games are being played only in the neighborhoods and not in school. Pero dapat talaga maging aware ang mga bata na may sarili tayong laro. Ang mga computer games nakakabobo pero ang larong Pinoy, it will even help them develop nationalism and pride in being a Filipino,” she stresses.

 Magna Kultura Foundation has been organizing sports clinics for multinational companies as well as kite-flying festivals since the late 80s. “Our goal is to bring the games back into the mainstream of society. We teach it in schools, bring it to the barangays, and encourage children to play it in communities.

We are also institutionalizing it by putting up a school for larong Pinoy, which we call Eskuwelaro (a.k.a. school clinics) where we teach the systematic way of playing the games step-by-step,” explains Aguado.  “On top of it, there is also the ultimate aim in using larong Pinoy to promote patriotism among the new generation; encourage family bonding with parents and relatives who played these games when they were kids; and to enliven the communities, and generate livelihood in the neighborhood.”  

 
 
SCIENTIFIC PLAY 
 
Game Materials- trumpo + lata + jumping - verticalAccording to Dickie Aguado, there are about 50 native games classified into five categories.These include Indoor Games, Fiesta Games (pabitin, paluan ng palayok, palosebo, agawang buko), Street Games (patintero, luksong baka, piko, tumbang preso, luksong lubid, taguan), Hurdle Games (habulan, agawang base), and  Indoor Games (sungka, dama, and even Games of the Generals which was invented by a Filipino). Apart from these, there are also the Tsinoy games such as chinese garter, checkers, and chinese jackstones.Dickie Aguado says these street games are so numerous that one can even create an Olympics with it!  
 

DSCN5160EDSES Physical Education teacher Manly Jose Junio underscores how street games promote total fitness — from the physical with the locomotor (moving from one place to another) and non-locomotor (moving on-the-spot without going anywhere) movements incorporated into the mental fitness.

 “Sa street games, nandiyan ang iba’t ibang kilos. Sa piko, yung pagkakandirit o paglundag ng  isang paa lamang.  
 
Game Clips - Larong Pinoy ClipsSa patintero yung pagtakbo ng pa-eskape o parang takbo ng kabayo. May basics ng gymnastics sa piko, yung pagkuha ng pamato habang nagbabalanse ka na nakataas kamay at isang paa.
 
Luksong lubid promotes endurance while luksong baka, cooperation and trust in oneself. In playing patintero, you learn to strategize, develop self-confidence and ability.  
 
Tumbang preso promotes presence of mind, fast thinking and movements, as well as agility. May mga batang mahiyahin pero pag pinaglaro mo nawawala na at lumalabas yung talento,” Junio explains. 
 
 
 
BUILDING A SPORTS INFRASTRUCTURE
 
Clinics + Community + StoreAguado reveals that one of the reasons why the games are not as popular is because there is no infrastructure.  There are no sports clinics or tournaments, and only a handful of merchants are selling larong Pinoy toys.“So the real task is to build an infrastructure. Not just to organize games here and there, but to build an ecosystem to revive it — from providing schools with exciting materials, to conducting sports clinics, building sports clubs, and finally, launching tournaments as venue for players to make use of their skills. Along with all these, activating retail selling of toys in neighborhood stores, and creating a tipping point for the retailers to derive profit from it.’’ Aguado says.     .
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During tournaments, Magna Kultura conducts its own trade promotions marketing efforts and aligns with the sari-sari stores within the neighborhood, to load toys and materials that will be used in the street games to make it available for the players while at the same time, helping the merchants earn.The task is easier in every Barangay as Magna Kultura maintains an active data-base network of over 80,000 sari-sari stores in Metro-Manila.  
 
 “One of the main reasons why children are un-able to play the games is because there are no toys available”, according to Aguado. “That’s the reason why we are aligning with the retail stores. The livelihood program with retail stores is part of building the infrastructure for reviving the games back in the mainstream of society.  We have to involve the retailers and let them see that there’s business in Larong Pinoy as a sport.”
 
Aguado also noted that, currently, there is no company or product that owns Larong Pinoy.  “The opportunity to make Larong Pinoy as part of a brand’s equity that delivers day-after sales is tremendous” Aguado says, “because the market is not only composed of children, but encompasses living generations of adults, from parents to grandparents.  Not to mention the fact we are aligned with all the sari-sari stores in Barangays.” 
 
We are reviving a cultural treasure here. It’s really creating advocates and building an ecosystem of transformation. When these children grow up and learn to play western games, we hope the playing of street games will not die there but continue to be played and passed on from one generation to another,” he adds.Aguado says Magna Kultura’s aim is to have an inter-district, inter-city, and hopefully a national tournament or Pambansang Palarong Pinoy in the near future, producing athletes who are truly proud of being Filipinos and the games they play.
New BTL Collage - Larong Pinoy - J12 - BBI - Milo
In the meantime, the social and cultural advocacy continues, even as they spur social enterprise with retailers in communities in an effort to build a sports infrastructure.  With Aguado’s experience in pioneering  various sports clinics in the 1990’s, along with organizing a nationwide kite-flying festival, he says that the formula for cultural entrepreneurship will ensure that they will be able to revive the games of our heritage in the mainstream of society.
 
 Buhayin Ang Laro with MK Logo 2
 
 

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