‘Dying’ Pinoy Street Games That Made up Your Childhood Afternoons

Anne Marielle Eugenio
PUBLISHED October 25, 2018 12:38 pm
Art by Dani Elevazo

When the bell rings and classes were declared dismissed, students couldn't wait to rush towards the school grounds. They would group themselves into teams and play and run around the quadrangle until they are all sweaty and tired.

This was the usual school scene from years ago. But from what we are seeing, kids who play Pinoy street games are becoming fewer as the latest technology invades their lives. We can't help but feel that the Pinoy street game scene is slowly "dying". Still, it is not too late to educate the young ones! Here's a little refresher:


Patintero is played with gridlines. Two teams are needed for to play, with the goal of passing through the grid areas without being tagged by the opposing team. Hello to those kids with long arms. (We surrender!)






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The pre-inflation Pinoy version of tag. Those that will be tagged will fan their hands in front of their mouths (like they've eaten something spicy) and won't be able to move until someone taps them yelling "Tubig!". This continues until the "sili" tags all his playmates...or until he gets tired.






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Tumbang Preso

Who knows how many kids lost their slippers playing Tumbang Preso? We're sure it won't matter anymore as long as you hit the can and win the game for your teammates!






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Luksong Baka

Luksong Baka can probably translated into "human hurdles". If you're it, you need to crouch down, like a cow, and the opposing team will jump over you.






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Chinese Garter

Fun fact: Chinese Garter actually originated from China and became popular in other countries, like the Philippines. If there is no garter available, kids use makeshift ones made of rubber bands tied together.






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Kids (and kids-at-heart) probably played hopscotch at least once in their lives. Grids are drawn on cement ground using a chalk or a piece of stone. All you need is a "pamato" and you are good to go.






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Tagu-taguan maliwanag ang buwan, tayo’y maglaro ng tagu-taguan. Wala Sa likod wala sa harap, pagbilang kong sampu nakatago na kayo... Here’s a classic chant for a classic game. Childhood isn't really complete if you haven't played Taguan.







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Come to think of it, children aren’t the only ones who need a break from social media and smartphones. Maybe it is time to throw open the doors, get some fresh air, and call your friends once again. It’s time to relive the simple but fun childhood times!



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