Trivia about the Filipino children play

1. Tumbang Preso – is a game that is distinctly Filipino. Three (3) players are needed for this game but having more players would be more challenging and fun. There must be an “it” player to defend the can from other players to prevent them from knocking the can down. Players usually use slippers when playing this game- When all the players shall have used up all their slippers without knocking down the can, the “ii” player chases everyone and tag who he/she wishes to become the new “it”.

2. Luksong Tinik – two teams of equal number of players are required to play this game. Each team elects a leader, usually one who can jump the highest. This is called the”mother”. Two players serve as the base of the tinik” (thorn) by putting their right left hand together alternatively. Players of the other team start jumping the “tinik” without touching any of the lingers of the base players. The “mother” or the leader gets a chance to jump to redeem the other player who missed the earlier jump. If the “mother’ misses that jump, the teams exchange places and the game starts anew.

3. Sungka – is a game played on solid wooden block with two rows of seven circular holes and two large holes at both ends called “head”. The game begins with 49 game pieces(shells, marbles, pebbles or seeds) equally distributed to alternate holes – seven pieces in every hole – except “heads” which remain empty. Sungka requires two players. Each player controls the seven holes on his side ol the board and owns the “head” to his right. The goal is to accumulate as many as pieces in your “head”.

4, Holen – is a game played by two or more players, each with a marble to shoot to fall into the small holes dug into the ground. Each player begins from a line which is 3 feet from the first hole and will take turns shooting his marble. The first one to get his marble into all 4 holes and back to the first hole is winner.

B” Designs by PatriciaAnn Feliciano Ng (on Souvenir Sheet & FDC) :

1. Taguan – this game is also known as the hide- and- seek. It is a game where there is an ‘it’ to find his/her hiding friends after counting out loud. The game ends when all the players are found. The player who is found first will be the new “searcher”.

2. Paluan ng Palayok – is a popular game in the Philippines during fiestas and other occasions where the children try to hit the hanging clay pot which is full of goodies, including candies and coins, blindfolded.

3. Sipa – is the national game of the Philippines. The “ball” is simply made of a round lead with paper cut into strips through its center, then kicked by the player repeatedly without having it touch the ground.

4. Karera Sa Sako ( on First Day Cover) or sack race is a competitive game in which participants place both of their legs inside a sdck that reaches up to their waist and jump forward from a starting point toward a finish line. The first person to cross the finish line is the winner oi the race.

C. Designs by Jeremy Ace’Feliciano Ng (on the Souvenir Sheet)

1. Saranggola – (or kite flying) kites are flown on windy days and are commonly made lrom paper or nylon and attached to a string or cord. Besides the classic diamond shaped kites, they can also be made into different shapes with flowing tails.

2. Bangkang Papel – (or paperboats) are papers lolded by the children for boat racing down the stream or river. The children have great fun watching their handmade paper boats swept by the wind. The first boat to reach the final end on the agreed point ol destination is the winner.

3. Luksong Lubid – is a game of jumping over a rope. Two players hold the rope and make circular movements while another player jumps inside the loop without any part of his body touching the rope.


The stamps, souvenir sheets and first day covers will be available starting November 9, 2009 at the Philatelic Service Door 203, Liwasang Bonifacio 1000 Manila and at all regional offices of the Philippine Postal Corporation.




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