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:
Rizal Medical Center
Dr. Jose Reyes Medical Center
Philippine Orthopedic center
Quirino Memorial Medical Center
Valenzuela Medical Center
Las Pinas General Hospital
Dr. Jose Fabella Medical Center
East Avenue Medical Center
Tondo Medical Center
San Lorenzo Ruiz Women’s Hospital
Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center
National Children’s Hospital
Philippine Children’s Medical Center
National Kidney & Transplant Institute
San Lazaro Hospital
Research Institute on Tropical Medicine
National Center for Geriatrics Hospital
National Center for Mental health
Lung Center of the Philippines
Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center
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”.