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The Traditional Filipino Street Games are Alive in the Philippines

high-tech game gadgets 4It is nice to know that, amidst the modern age of technology, children and adults are 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, celphone games and other hi-gadgets, there are still children playing the games of our heritage.

There are children who live in high fenced houses, and they haven’t even heard of these games at all.  It is sad because most of their parents have enjoyed these games when they were young.

LARONG PINOY IS ALIVE IN OUR SOCIETY

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.

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Larong Pinoy Games are commonly played by children usually using native materials or instruments.  Kids usually come up fun ideas, 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.

While the traditional Filipino games are being overshadowed by modern games and hi-tech gadgets, it is still present in society.  Children in high-fenced villages miss the fun of Larong Pinoy; because in some villages, parents 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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Filipino Companies Organize A Company Sportsfest Using Larong Pinoy Games

The Traditional Filipino Street Games finds its home once again back into the hearts of Filipinos, as adults re-discovered the fun of playing Larong Pinoy during Company Sports Fests; bonding with fellow-employees, and building  relationships like real “kababata’s”, with breathing  energy. It is a game everybody knows.  It is a game that anyone can play with a youthful spirit. 

The Filipino Street Games have been with us for over a century.  In today’s modern age of technology, the games are very much alive, bringing fun in communities, schools, and lately, as a team-building sports fest in local corporations.Human Resource Department personnel saw the values that it brings to employees, as it bonds young and old together in activities that everyone can play. Filipino Team building is more than just dragging employees to the usual basketball intramurals or having someone give them a lecture on why it’s important to work together. People learn best when they’re moving around, interacting, and working together on fun challenges.

Since the 1980’s there have been many new sports and innovative games — Triathlon, Xtreme Sports, Cross Games, Fun Runs, etc.  In Y2008, many companies have opted to launch sports fest using the Traditional Filipino Street Games as platform form team-building sports fests. With Larong Pinoy, employees THINK FILIPINO.

larong-pinoy-company-sports-festThere’s more than one way to improve the level of employee engagement in a company. Using Larong Pinoy is a unique platform to engage employees, creating youthful energy and fun community atmosphere at the workplace. It triggers sharing of personal experiences and insights that leads to intimate bonding.

The selection of Larong Pinoy as a Sports Fest Activity is intended to involve employees into doing an alternative event instead of the usual western sports, to make the company affair fun and truly Filipino.

It is a fact that only a few employees get to play in the usual sports like basketball, volleyball, or other western sports; with Larong Pinoy everybody can play — from executives, to staff, to clerks, to general service employees.

It’s a game everybody knows.  It’s a game everyone can enjoy — even the non-sporty type.  Larong Pinoy challenges employees & staff to re-learn the Filipino Street Games blended with team building values and youthful camaraderie in the office.  With Larong Pinoy as sports fest platform, the team bonding goals will flow naturally among employees and staff, internally at the office even before the day of the event.

What Happens When Companies Decide To Use Larong Pinoy As Sportsfest Platform?

Internally at the Office

  • Larong Pinoy triggers each and every employee to talk about the games, as well as their experience about it in the past — reviewing what they know, and definitely remembering their childhood memories.  It brings out the child in everyone when they relate to one another, making the office alive with camaraderie.
  • It triggers individual exploration, even making young people consult elderly employees who are knowledgeable about the games.  It is a light and fun bridge for office bonding.
  • Larong Pinoy is a great CommuniTeam bonding platform for employees before the event, while they practice the games together.

Then, During The Event

  • Larong Pinoy engages employees with a unique sporting experience (definitely different from the usual basketball or track racing). In all types of games, everyone can play — young our old, line or staff.  And, even non-players have the fun of watching co-employees execute and compete in the games.  It’s a different kind of fun.
  •  There is total team bonding with fun-filled cooperation that naturally flow amongst participants.  Larong Pinoy leaves no physical hurt or emotional feelings (unlike rough sports like basketball), because  it’s all child-like fun games and thrills that are so Pinoy.
  • The Larong Pinoy sports fest impart a youthful and unforgettable experience among employees. The youthful atmosphere that it creates will make them feel as if they all grew up together.  Aside from CommuniTeam Building, it builds employee relationships.

The Larong Pinoy sports fest impart a youthful and unforgettable experience among employees. The youthful atmosphere that it creates will make them feel as if they all grew up together.  Aside from CommuniTeam Building, it builds employee relationships .

It is a game everybody knows.  It is a game that anyone can play with a youthful spirit — from management to staff to line employees — young and old!

And even after the event, the Larong Pinoy experience reverberates within the organization weeks after the event —- making each and everyone feel as if they “grew up and played with each other when they were young”.

This is the spirit that games of our heritage bring into an organization.  And a well-organized event even makes it more memorable.

Magna Kultura Foundation, an NGO for arts and culture, organizes Larong Pinoy sports fests for companies with a Mini-Olympics format, making it truly fun and challenging for young and old employees.

Magna Kultura organizes traditional Filipinos street games like patintero, tumbang preso, piko, sipa, luksong tinik,, siyato, holen, trumpo, and other street games like an Olympic competition. Magna Kultura conceptualizes, organize and implement team building programs, workshops and corporate events, giving you more than what you expect, with the best value for your company.

Over 100 companies will tell you that Magna Kultura’s corporate team-building events makes are one-of-kind activities that leave lasting impression on employees and bring out the best in a company.

Treat your employees to a Fun Team-Building Sports Fest where everybody can play: Palarong Pilipino Mini-Olympics for young & old! A Sports Fest Team Bonding Activity can be held anytime of the year.  It doesn’t have to be summer. Build your corporate family into a CommuniTeam now.

MAKE LARONG PINOY YOU NEXT COMPANY SPORTS FEST EVENT, AND SEE THE DIFFERENCE. Magna Kultura will organize the event hassel-free for HRD staff and the sports committee, so they they too can play with all the rest.

FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT PALARONG PINOY OLYMPICS, CLICK & VIEW THE SPORTSFEST PLAN AT THIS SITE: http://www.slideshare.net/KulturaPilipinas/larong-pinoy-corporate-team-building-sportsfest-7517510

TO VIEW SOME OF THE COMPANY OLYMPICS PHOTOS view them at http://kulturapilipinas.webs.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=14142715

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT
Dickie Aguado, Executive Director – Magna Kultura Foundation
Direct Line: Tel No. (632) 514-5868
CP Nos.: +63 917 8990025 (Globe) or +63 922 8990026 (Sun)
Email Address: kulturapilipinas@gmail.com
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