Miss the "larong kalye games" how about you ?
August 14, 2008 10:13am CST
Everyday when i came home from the office i'll always see my son(only one ) sitting in the floor of our house playing alone with his toys ;lego, transformers, cars and i often feel sorry for my son and the other kids who didnt even know what are the larong kalye games i had played when i was a child like " pating tero, siato, tumbang preso, haranngang taga ,luksong tinik and so many others . I mean how would i teach it to him when nobody even knows anymore what it is. How about you do you feel the same about the Filipino children today not experiencing how to play those larong kalye games?
14 Aug 08
I too feel sorry for the Filipino children of today that even though they are happy with their cool toys and gadgets, they never experienced the larong kalye games (For non-Filipino readers: street games). I'm only 20 but I still reached that time when children were active. But in my childhood, my mom never let me out to the streets. My cousin nextdoor is luckier because he lives in an apartment and gets to play with the other children in their garage. But I did learn those games in school. It was fun playing with other kids even if there were those I didn't even know. It's always fun to see others play and say "sali 'ko (I'll join)" or ask someone "let's play this" (hahaha, my favorites were Luksong Tinik/Thorn Jump? and Langit Lupa/Heaven & Earth). This was when our school still had morning and afternoon shifts. I was in the afternoon shift and we all played before classes start. I studied in that school until college and during my high school and college years, there was only one shift for elementary. It was sad to no longer see children playing on our quadrangle, not even on recess or lunch breaks. On the contrary, there was one time in high school where in we were waiting for a class practice. Since there were only less 10 of us yet, we decided to play "agawang base (erm...would you call it base-taking?)" To think that the grown ups play that and the children no longer did that. I guess those were only in the yesteryears. Even if those are taught in PE classes, it won't stimulate children to play outside than sit comfortable at home. Maybe if you've a family gathering (especially this coming Christmas season), you grown ups can organize games for the children and make use of the larong kalye games. You can make it fun that they'll look forward to it every year.
• Davao, Philippines
14 Aug 08
you are after for his own good that is why you won't allow him to play outside. in our place the larong kalye games still played. i saw many children playing every night before their supper time. i think your son satisfied with what he played inside your house because you bought different toys for him.
20 Aug 08
my fave larong kalye would be luksong baka..lol..even my playmates are bigger and taller i still manage to hop on their back..hehe..well i guess kids nowadays are not really familiar with the larong kalye coz of the toys provided by their parents,godfathers,grandparents etc..plus the evolution of modern technology games, seems addicting to this generation..
16 Aug 08
Good day!..I sure do miss those "kalye games",especially the tumbang preso. These games are nothing compared to the modern games that children play today,particularly the online games. Besides the physicality that these "kalye games" gave us,it also helped us with our interpersonal skills from the interaction we created with the other children. Seeing children today playing these games gives me the nostalgia of those memories that me and my playmates created in our streets.=)
15 Aug 08
Oh yeah, I certainly miss those games. I enjoyed playing street games when I was a kid coz you get to interact with other kids as well. Yeah right, nowadays, very seldom you'll see children playing street games coz they're into high tech ones already. You can't blame kids of these generation if they're more engrossed to the inside games coz that's where they're introduced to. However, in our street I am still seeing kids playing those street games. And, whenever I see them I make sure that my son (2 1/2 yrs old) is also outside the house. That way, he can play with other kids as well. I accompany him coz he's too young yet to play alone in the street.
15 Aug 08
Oh yeah, I miss them all right. And I feel sad that kids today are clueless when you mention these games to them. All they are familiar with are computer games, TV and manufactured games. I miss all the street games you mentioned and I played most of them in my youth. They were not only enjoyable they also taught us kids about fair play, creativity, camaraderie and it really served to cement friendships. I wish that schools today, through their P.E. classes will teach these games so they won't die.