Cultural Games: Revival of the Past

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So many things have changed since the generation of our ancestors. Nowadays, we are living in a digital world where cellphones and computers are the source of entertainment. Gone are the days when chi

Date: March 22, 2020Posted by: One Paulinian

By Adiella Szelou Domingo

So many things have changed since the generation of our ancestors. Nowadays, we are living in a digital world where cellphones and computers are the source of entertainment. Gone are the days when children ran around the streets all day, played with their neighbors, and actually have fun moving around.

During the second day of the University Week, organizers came up with a fantastic idea to bring back those cultural games once more. In keeping with tradition, St. Paul University Manila launched the revival of “Larong Pinoy” to promote the traditional games the Filipino youth used to play.

The Cultural Games started around 10:15 A.M. The participants were from both the College and Senior High School Department. The mechanics of the game followed this sequence: (1) Piko; (2) Chinese Garter; (3) Sipa; (4) Hula Hoop; (5) Limbo Rock; and (6) Patintero.

For the first round, the first to play were the CBM (College of Business and Management) versus CNAHS (College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences). It was announced that there was a time limit and the fastest team would win in the end. Once the game started, both teams belted out with great energy. The CNAHS won the round with a total time of six minutes and 40 seconds.

The second round consisted of Grade 11 versus the CASE (College of Arts and Sciences). Despite being younger, the Grade 11 players did not back down in the least bit. They won the round with a total time of four minutes and 12 seconds.

The last round was quite intense. It was the Grade 12 students versus the CMPA (College of Music and Performing Arts). It was a very tight round, considering both teams finished almost at the same time. However, the Grade 12 students won the round with a total of two minutes and 38 seconds.

In the overall scoring, the 3rd place went to the CNAHS; the 2nd place went to the Grade 11 students, and the 1st place was bagged by none other than the Grade 12 students.

Everyone did a great job at reviving our cultural games. The Filipino games are and always will be timeless. No matter what other people may think, despite living in a world full of mobile and video games, these games are still well-loved and cherished by many as they are part of our heritage. We should all work together in preserving the tradition that our ancestors have tried hard to pass on from generation to generation.