Nowadays, you seldom see Filipino children playing native games or traditional games. They are now usually confined in their homes in front of the television or the computer, or doing other stuff like listening to their Mp3 players, playing with their game consoles and looking for WI-FI signals to connect online.
Back in the olden days where technology is not yet that advance, our means of socializing with other children is through playing traditional games we often term as “Pinoy Games” as a slang for Filipino Games.
Pinoy Games are games which usually involve physical interaction with fellow players. Here are some examples of Pinoy games:
Patintero – This game is played by two opposing teams that have equal number of players. The game is confined within an interconnected two pairs of squares drawn on the ground. Each member of the team will stand on the line at the end of the pairs of squares and guard them and they cannot step inside the square while the opposing team will try to cross one square making sure that they are inside the square and the guard will not be able to reach them to catch them trying to cross the squares. Each team has one member who stands as the leader and this leader has the capability to cross the interconnected lines of the squares. The game will end once a member is caught trying to cross or if one member is able to cross back and forth the interconnected pairs of squares without being caught.
Bato Lata- This game utilizes an empty can confined inside a circle. The players will try to knock the can out and as much as possible knock it out of the circle from a designated distance using a slipper. There will be someone to guard the can and make sure that if ever the can gets knocked out, it should be placed back inside the circle in an upright position. The players must get their slippers back once they try to knock the can out and run back to their base. The guard will try to catch them once they are able to get hold of their slipper and as long as the can is in upright position so the farther the distance that the can gets knocked out the bigger chance that the players will be able to get back to base. If the can was hit, went out of the circle but is still in the upright position, the can will stay outside the circle and the players will have to hit it to knock it down that way the guard will have to put it back inside the circle. Once a player gets caught trying to get their slipper back or if the slipper landed inside the circle the guard will have to tap on the slipper twice and he or she will become the next guard.
Buwan Buwan – We call the game as such because Buwan means moon in Filipino Laguage and the game is confined inside a big circle with a line at the center drawn on the ground. The game has similarities with Patintero except that there will only be one guard surveying the within the lines of the circle. The players will have to stay inside the circle and they must make sure that the guard will not be able to reach them to catch them. Anyone caught or goes out of the circle will become the next guard.
There are a lot of Pinoy games like "takyan", "syatong", "dakop-dakop", "balay-balay", "tago-tago", and "doctor quack quack" just to name a few more. They are called in different names since the Filipino language is actually composed of 90 languages, they ar also played differently depending on which part of the Philippines you are located. I am using the Cebuano language and played Visayan Pinoy Games.
Is it just so sad to fathom that these games are seldom being played by the generation of Filipino children today. Most of the time, they are only played during special occasions and most Filipino children no longer know how to play the traditional Pinoy Games. These games are part of the Filipino culture, this is part of who we are and now we are slowly losing part of ourselves.
Here is one good excerpt I found in the net that describes Visayan Pinoy Games, it is a bit of Ceb-Lish or Cebuano-English: Tagabungtod