Monday, March 24, 2014

Larong Pinoy Sports Clinics, A Great Program in Barangays



Communities in Metro-Manila re-experience the fun of the Traditional Filipino Street Games during the Barangay outreach tour of the Larong Pinoy Sports Clinic conducted by Magna Kultura Foundation, the national advocate of the Filipino Heritage Games in the country.   
Parents and grandparents brought their children to the sports clinic to let their children learn the games the same games they all used to play when they were young.  

While many of the new generations are familiar with the most popular of  games, the Larong Sports Clinic added new knowledge and techniques for children to play the game with an amateur playing skill.   
Magna Kultura taught children the official rules of playing the games, as well as the proper ways of making the ground markers in the playing field.

Larong Pinoy Sports Clinic are being held in urban cities teaching kids popular Filipino street games like Patintero, Tumbang Preso, Piko, Luksong Tinik and many games that our parents and elders use to play.

The fun training sessions teaches participants detailed mechanics of each and every game, the proper posture and movements, with systematic techniques on how to play each game and win the match. 

The 1st Part is a 20-minute session teaching participants the game mechanics, with systematic drills for proper execution, posture and movement.

The 2nd Part is a 3 ½ half hours session where participants are grouped into teams and conducted with actual game play; and, this time, orienting participants in the tournament formats and officiating rules.  

It's fascinating to see the kids to execute each drill exercise, and giggling their way through each and every task.

The first Larong Pinoy Sports Clinics were launched by Magna Kultura Foundation in Y-2008 in Barangay Communities in Metro-Manila. The venues were jam-packed with kids who enlisted.  

The event did not need much hyping and announcement because when word went out around among the neighborhood about the Larong Pinoy Clinics, parents who knew the games signed-up they children in the sports activity. 


Larong Pinoy is the traditional Filipino street games handed down from generations; it is the games of our heritage (Laro ng Lahi). It is cherished by elderly adults (grandparents), parents, and it is played by today's youth.









Patuloy nating buhayin ang laro ng ating lahi sa panahon ng modernisasyon.  Ito ay yaman n gating lahi.  Ipamahagi natin ito sa bagong kabataan. 





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Friday, December 6, 2013

Make Larong Pinoy A Team-Building Sports Fest Activity


The Traditional Filipino Games are back in the mainstream of society.  At the turn of the century, the revival started in community-barangays and in schools.  

Today, Filipino corporations are getting into the game; energizing employees with games that they use to play in the childhood years.  


More and more Filipino corporations are organizing Palarong Pinoy sports fests. This year, over 500 organizations have discovered the fun of having a Larong Pinoy Mini-Olympics ---- with teams playing Patintero, Luksong Tinik, Luksong Lubid, Tumbang Preso, Sipang Bilangan, and other Filipino traditional street games.  

Human Resource Managers have testified that a Larong Pinoy Sports Fest is truly a one-of-kind event-activity that leaves lasting impression among employees. It bonds employees like real “magkababata” (i.e., childhood friends). 


Playing the Traditional Filipino Street Games has become an alternative to implementing the usual Western sports activities. 

For many years, many companies have been organizing popular sports like basketball or volleyball; and usually, only younger employees get to play in the tournaments.  

In Larong Pinoy games, everybody --- young and old --- were able participate in almost every type of game.  It was so fun that even employees who did not play enjoyed the event, cheering, "jeering" and supporting their teams in every game.  The fun is unforgettable.  And best of all, employees who do not know each other become familiar with everyone.


The organizers of Palarong Pinoy events is an organization called Magna Kultura Foundation, an education-for-development NGO that has been advocating grassroots cultural activities in the Philippines.  Magna Kultura revived the Traditional Filipino Street Games back into the mainstream of society with sports clinics and tournaments that are conducted in barangay communities and in schools.  


In the Y-2008, HRDs of Filipino companies started calling on Magna Kultura to organize team-building activities using Larong Pinoy games as platform for bonding employees.  Magna Kultura organized the company sports fests, hassle-free for the HRDs: from planning to implementation, with tournament systems & procedures, game manuals with playing rules for each and every Filipino game; and running the games with referees and game marshals. The company’s organizing committee just sat back and relaxed; playing with the rest of their fellow-employees. 

Magna Kultura continues to conduct Palarong Pinoy sports fests for companies, on top of their on-going sports outreach programs in schools and barangays.  Magna Kultura works with HRDs and sports committees to conduct “proudly Pinoy” games that transforms the Filipino work-force into Communi-Teams.  



ORGANIZE A FILIPINO SPORTS FEST FOR YOUR COMPANY. Contact Magna Kultura Foundation.  Inform Magna Kultura about your sports fest plan: the scheduled date of your event, and how many employees.




FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE PROGRAM, CLICK & VIEW THE SPORTS FEST PLAN THE FOLLOWING SITES:  At http://kulturapilipinas.webs.com/corporate-mini-olympics



TO VIEW SOME OF THE COMPANY SPORTSFEST PHOTOS, preview them at  http://kulturapilipinas.webs.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=14142715


FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:

DICKIE AGUADO, Executive Director - MAGNA KULTURA FOUNDATION

Tel. Nos. :  (02) 514-5868 /  Mobile: 0917-8990025 or 0922-8990026

Or Email us: kulturapilipinas@gmail.com

_______________________________________________


Organizing Larong Pinoy Sports Fest for Private companies is among the cultural entrepreneurship approaches of Magna Kultura to revive the games among Filipino adults who use to play the games; at the same time, an advocacy to revive the Games of Our Heritage ("Laro ng Lahi") back in the mainstream of Philippine society, among children and adults.















Organize A Palarong Pinoy Mini-Olympics As Team-Building Activity



The Traditional Filipino Games are back in the mainstream of society.  At the turn of the century, the revival started in community-barangays and in schools.  

Today, Filipino corporations are getting into the game; energizing employees with games that they use to play in the childhood years.  


More and more Filipino corporations are organizing Palarong Pinoy sports fests. This year, over 500 organizations have discovered the fun of having a Larong Pinoy Mini-Olympics ---- with teams playing Patintero, Luksong Tinik, Luksong Lubid, Tumbang Preso, Sipang Bilangan, and other Filipino traditional street games.  

Human Resource Managers have testified that a Larong Pinoy Sports Fest is truly a one-of-kind event-activity that leaves lasting impression among employees. It bonds employees like real “magkababata” (i.e., childhood friends). 


Playing the Traditional Filipino Street Games has become an alternative to implementing the usual Western sports activities. 

For many years, many companies have been organizing popular sports like basketball or volleyball; and usually, only younger employees get to play in the tournaments.  

In Larong Pinoy games, everybody --- young and old --- were able participate in almost every type of game.  It was so fun that even employees who did not play enjoyed the event, cheering, "jeering" and supporting their teams in every game.  The fun is unforgettable.  And best of all, employees who do not know each other become familiar with everyone.


The organizers of Palarong Pinoy events is an organization called Magna Kultura Foundation, an education-for-development NGO that has been advocating grassroots cultural activities in the Philippines.  Magna Kultura revived the Traditional Filipino Street Games back into the mainstream of society with sports clinics and tournaments that are conducted in barangay communities and in schools.  


In the Y-2008, HRDs of Filipino companies started calling on Magna Kultura to organize team-building activities using Larong Pinoy games as platform for bonding employees.  Magna Kultura organized the company sports fests, hassle-free for the HRDs: from planning to implementation, with tournament systems & procedures, game manuals with playing rules for each and every Filipino game; and running the games with referees and game marshals. The company’s organizing committee just sat back and relaxed; playing with the rest of their fellow-employees. 

Magna Kultura continues to conduct Palarong Pinoy sports fests for companies, on top of their on-going sports outreach programs in schools and barangays.  Magna Kultura works with HRDs and sports committees to conduct “proudly Pinoy” games that transforms the Filipino work-force into Communi-Teams.  



ORGANIZE A FILIPINO SPORTS FEST FOR YOUR COMPANY. Contact Magna Kultura Foundation.  Inform Magna Kultura about your sports fest plan: the scheduled date of your event, and how many employees.




FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE PROGRAM, CLICK & VIEW THE SPORTS FEST PLAN THE FOLLOWING SITES:  At http://kulturapilipinas.webs.com/corporate-mini-olympics



TO VIEW SOME OF THE COMPANY SPORTSFEST PHOTOS, preview them at  http://kulturapilipinas.webs.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=14142715


FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:

DICKIE AGUADO, Executive Director - MAGNA KULTURA FOUNDATION

Tel. Nos. :  (02) 514-5868 /  Mobile: 0917-8990025 or 0922-8990026

Or Email us: kulturapilipinas@gmail.com

_______________________________________________


Organizing Larong Pinoy Sports Fest for Private companies is among the cultural entrepreneurship approaches of Magna Kultura to revive the games among Filipino adults who use to play the games; at the same time, an advocacy to revive the Games of Our Heritage ("Laro ng Lahi") back in the mainstream of Philippine society, among children and adults.















Thursday, October 17, 2013

THE FILIPINO GAMES IS AN ALTERNATIVE TEAM-BUILDING SPORTS FEST

MAKE YOUR NEXT SPORTS FEST A LARONG PINOY MINI-OLYMPICS.

IT'S FUN. IT'S CHALLENGING. AND IT BREATHES YOUTHFUL BONDING AMONG EMPLOYEES.



Since Y-2010, over 500 companies have conducted Larong Pinoy (a.k.a. Traditional Filipino Street Games) as a team-building activity for employees.  

The thought of having Larong Pinoy as company sportsfest enlivens the office scene. The moment HRD announces the Larong Pinoy event at the office, employees get excited and it becomes the "talk-of-the-town" --- it brings the whole office alive! 

Some of the employees are not familiar with the games, while others remember it from their childhood. And this is where the bonding begins: employees Team-Build in a light and fun way.  The end-result will surely make office-mates feel like "magkababata".  

This is how Larong Pinoy truly breathes new life into the company. It creates warm camaraderie among employees. It makes them feel like childhood playmates.

Human Resources Managers have been partnering with Magna Kultura Foundation, a national NGO advocating the Filipino Games. And Magna Kultura works closely with the HRD to internally organize the activity --- from registration to the general meeting with the Team Captains.
Larong Pinoy games are used as activity platform for Mini-Olympics Sports Fest. Employees are divided into teams (with team captains and coaches), competing in games like Patintero, Tumbang Preso, Jumping Rope, Sipang Bilangan, and various Pinoy games.

Magna Kultura will organize everything for your company, hassel-free ---- so the HRD and sports committee can play with the rest of the employees --- while they do the implementation!

The sports fest are organized by Magna Kultura Foundation for HRD staff, complete with Tournament Systems & Procedures, the Referees and Marshal Manpower, Game Materials, Field Equipments, Registration Forms, Tournament Manual with Rules for each and every game. It s like an Olympics game ---- but very Filipino in spirit.







CHECK-OUT THE DETAILS ABOUT PALARONG PINOY OLYMPICS. CLICK & VIEW THE SPORTSFEST PLAN THE FOLLOWING SITES AT http://www.slideshare.net/KulturaPilipinas/larong-pinoy-corporate-team-building-sportsfest-7517510

You can also view some of the photos of company sports fest at http://kulturapilipinas.webs.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=14142715

Or, Check-out The Filipino Games Website at http://kulturapilipinas.webs.com/corporate-mini-olympics


FOR INQUIRIES:  

CONTACT DICKIE AGUADO, Executive Director - MAGNA KULTURA FOUNDATION at Tel. Nos. (02) 514-5868, or at Mobile: 0917-8990025 or 0922-8990026; or, Send us an email at kulturapilipinas@gmail.com



Organizing Larong Pinoy Sports Fest for Private companies is among the cultural entrepreneurship approaches of Magna Kultura to revive the games among Filipino adults who use to play the games; at the same time, an advocacy to revive the Games of Our Heritage ("Laro ng Lahi") back in the mainstream of Philippine society, among children and adults.



Monday, February 25, 2013

The Traditional Filipino Games as Team-Building Sports Fest

There comes a time when colleagues need to team-away from regular work environment, to rejuvenate and bond in a fun atmosphere.  Because people work hard, we give them time to play hard, and re-bond with their colleagues in an atmosphere of fun and friendly competition. 

There are many activities with great team-building concepts. Other than management-staff workshops, one of the most often used platforms for team-building is SPORTS.  Everybody loves to play games. 

Corporate Olympics is one of the fun activities popularly organized by the Human Resource Departments for employees.   

Corporate sporting events aim to strengthen the bond between employees, while instilling the value of team spirit in a corporate community. In the same note, it hopes to develop the employees’ competitive character and determination to excel.  Teams that play together, work together.

A current, and successful, trend in team building is having teams work together in various Group Dynamics Team Building exercises outside of their normal job duties. 

These can range from working together as a team doing crafts and activities, at times with group activity challenges against other team. Team Building sessions such as this focus on communication, trust, allocating roles, and learning how to work together.

Another often organized activity is corporate excursions.  Employees love to go “outing” and do leisurely activities together with colleagues. Company excursions range from day-tours to beach outings, and usually combined with light team-building activities. It’s all about spending time together. 


Since the 1980’s there have been many new ideas and innovative games. Other than the usual basketball or track and field games, companies have been trying more daring activities, such as “Survival” games and other adventure sports.   

While these games may be challenging to younger employees, there are still many who may not be able to participate in the activities; most especially that the work-force are not up to much physical activities, not to mention the older staff.

Team Building creates a more effective and efficient work-force.  Whatever type of activity the company chooses, more importantly, the rule of thumb is to keep it Fun, Entertaining, Dynamic and Simple.

Magna Kultura Foundation has been implementing arts and cultural programs in schools and city festivals.  In Y2005, Human Resource Departments started calling on Magna Kultura to create customized team-building programs, ranging from visual arts activities, to stage theatre, to kite-making and other crafts workshops.  And for sports oriented companies, they have a selection of different type of fun games.

Since Y2008, many have opted to launch mini-Olympics event using the Traditional Filipino Street Games. The selection of Larong Pinoy as a Sports Fest Activity was intended Human Resource staff to involve employees ---both young and old--- into doing an alternative event instead of the usual western sports.



It is a fact that only a few employees get to play in the usual sports like basketball, volleyball, or other western sports; but with Larong Pinoy everybody can play --- from the executives to staff, down to the clerks and general service employees.  It’s a game everybody knows.  It’s a game everyone can enjoy --- even the non-sporty type. Even those who don’t play enjoy just watching others play. 
 

With Larong Pinoy as sports fest platform, the team bonding goals flows naturally among employees and staff, internally at the office until the day of the event. It becomes the “talk-of-the-town”, everyone remembering childhood memories, making the office alive with youthful camaraderie.

Corporate sports fests  are usually games for only a few employees, and others simply become bystanders who attend because of compliance for attendance. It should not be the case.  In building the company as a CommuniTeam, employees at all levels must be involved in something that everyone can participate in. 

Teambuilding activities are loads of fun, but they can also be tools for strengthening your group.  Sports jargon often crosses over into the business world. The practice is used frequently in the business arena and in the sports world alike and has been credited with creating successful units time and time again.   

Employees "come together as a team" and "go for the win" when tackling an important project. The business owner, the managers, and the Department Heads are likened to team coaches. 

Bear in mind that playing sports can be a good team-building exercise that shows employees and management how to come together in pursuit of a common goal.

Treat your employees to a fun team-building activity, and your company into a CommuniTeam.  

DON’T JUST ORGANIZE A SPORTS FEST FOR THE SAKE OF GIVING EMPLOYEES AN ACTIVITY. IGNITE TEAM SPIRIT, INSPIRE TEAM WORK. ORGANIZE AN EVENT THAT WILL TRULY BE MEMORABLE. A SPORTS FEST THAT WILL BOND EMPLOYEES INTO A REAL COMMUNITY WITH SOLID CAMARADERIE. 



FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT MAGNA KULTURA’S TEAM-BUILDING PROGRAMS, CLICK & VIEW THE FOLLOWING SITE:   http://kulturapilipinas.webs.com/corporate-mini-olympics




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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Filipino Corporations Play Larong Pinoy Sports Fest



The Traditional Filipino Street Games bounces back into the mainstream of Philippine society; finds its home into the hearts of adults, re-discovers the fun of playing Larong Pinoy during Company Sports Fests --- bonding employees, and building  relationships like real “kababata’s”. 

It is a game everybody knows.

It is a game that anyone can play with a youthful spirit.


The Filipino Street Games has been with us for over a century.  In today’s modern age of technology, the games are very much alive, bringing fun in communities, schools, and lately, as a team-building sports fest in local corporations.

Human Resource Department personnel saw the values that it brings to employees, as it bonds young and old together in activities that everyone can play. 

Filipino Team building is more than just dragging employees to the usual basketball intramurals or having someone give them a lecture on why it’s important to work together. People learn best when they’re moving around, interacting, and working together on fun challenges.


Since the 1980’s there have been many new sports and innovative games --- Triathlon, Xtreme Sports, Cross Games, Fun Runs, etc.  In Y2008, many companies have opted to launch sports fest using the Traditional Filipino Street Games as platform form team-building sports fests. With Larong Pinoy, employees THINK FILIPINO.

There's more than one way to improve the level of employee engagement in a company. Using Larong Pinoy is a unique platform to engage employees, creating youthful energy and fun community atmosphere at the workplace. It triggers sharing of personal experiences and insights that leads to intimate bonding.


The selection of Larong Pinoy as a Sports Fest Activity is intended to involve employees into doing an alternative event instead of the usual western sports, to make the company affair fun and truly Filipino. 

It is a fact that only a few employees get to play in the usual sports like basketball, volleyball, or other western sports; with Larong Pinoy everybody can play --- from executives, to staff, to clerks, to general service employees.  

It’s a game everybody knows.  It’s a game everyone can enjoy --- even the non-sporty type.  Larong Pinoy challenges employees & staff to re-learn the Filipino Street Games blended with team building values and youthful camaraderie in the office.  With Larong Pinoy as sports fest platform, the team bonding goals will flow naturally among employees and staff, internally at the office even before the day of the event.


What Happens When Companies Decide To Use Larong Pinoy As Sportsfest Platform?

Internally at the Office
It will get each and every employee talking about the games, reviewing what they know, and definitely remembering their childhood memories.  It will “bring-out the child” in everyone when they relate to one another, making the office alive.

It will trigger individual exploration, making young people consult elderly employees who are knowledgeable about the games.  It is a light and fun bridge for office bonding.

And, it will trigger CommuniTeam bonding as they practice the games together.    


Then, During The Event
Larong Pinoy engages employees with a unique sporting experience (definitely different from the usual basketball or track racing). In all types of games, everyone can play --- young our old, line or staff.  And, even non-players have the fun of watching co-employees execute and compete in the games.  It's a different kind of fun.

There is total team bonding with fun-filled cooperation that naturally flow amongst participants.  Larong Pinoy leaves no physical hurt or emotional feelings (unlike rough sports like basketball), because  it’s all child-like fun games and thrills that are so Pinoy.

The Larong Pinoy sports fest impart a youthful and unforgettable experience among employees. The youthful atmosphere that it creates will make them feel as if they all grew up together.  Aside from CommuniTeam Building, it builds employee relationships .

It is a game everybody knows.  It is a game that anyone can play with a youthful spirit --- from management to staff to line employees --- young and old!   The Larong Piinoy experience reverberates within the organization even weeks after the event ---- making each and every  feel as if they “grew up and played with each other when they were young”.  This is the spirit that games of our heritage bring into an organization.  And a well-organized event even makes it more memorable.


Magna Kultura Foundation, an NGO for arts and culture, organizes Larong Pinoy sports fests for companies with a Mini-Olympics format, making it truly fun and challenging for young and old employees. 

Magna Kultura organizes traditional Filipinos street games like patintero, tumbang preso, piko, sipa, luksong tinik,and other street games like an Olympic competition. 

Magna Kultura conceptualizes, organize and implement team building programs, workshops and corporate events, giving you more than what you expect, with the best value for your company.

Over 500 companies will tell you that Magna Kultura’s corporate team-building events makes are one-of-kind activities that leave lasting impression on employees and bring out the best in a company.


Treat your employees to a Fun Team-Building Sports Fest where everybody can play: Palarong Pilipino Mini-Olympics for young & old! A Sports Fest Team Bonding Activity can be held anytime of the year.

It doesn’t have to be summer. Build your corporate family into a CommuniTeam now.



FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE PROGRAM, CLICK & VIEW THE SPORTS FEST PLAN THE FOLLOWING SITES:  At http://kulturapilipinas.webs.com/corporate-mini-olympics

TO VIEW SOME OF THE COMPANY SPORTS FEST PHOTOS, preview them at  http://kulturapilipinas.webs.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=14142715



FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT
Dickie Aguado, Executive Director - Magna Kultura Foundation
Direct Line: Tel No. (632) 514-5868
CP Nos.: +63 917 8990025 (Globe) or +63 922 8990026 (Sun)
Or Email us at kulturapilipinas@gmail.com (to request for a proposal)

INFORM US:
WHAT: How many employees
WHEN: The date & time of your company 
WHERE: The venue of your activity







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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Advocating Filipino Culture Using The Games Of Our Heritage


In this technology-driven world where almost everyone – including children – practically live a virtual lifestyle, only a handful of those who are aware of indigenous street games remain.

After school or during weekends, children retreat to their own little world —watching TV shows for hours on end, or playing computer games at home, at internet shops, or malls.

Left with a little choice, modern-day parents usually join their kids and succumb to the lure of technology for the purpose of bonding.

But are these children losing the real joys of childhood to temporary happiness afforded by computer games?


STREET GAMES VS. COMPUTER GAMES

“Ang mga lumaki sa computer games, walang kababata, walang kalaro. Meron lang sila ka-chat. They are usually couch potatoes who may even have a hard time accepting defeat,” points out Dickie Aguado, Executive Director of Magna Kultura Foundation (MKF).


Since 2003, this education-for-development non-government organization has been on a mission to revive the playing of street games or Larong Pinoy among the youth in schools and residential communities.

With students from over 524 public schools now into these native street games, plus a Department of Education memorandum that orders the games’ integration in the curriculum, MKF’s advocacy gains solid ground and gets the much-needed support from civic organizations and corporate citizens.






At the Epifanio delos Santos Elementary School (EDSES) in Singalong, Manila, for instance, students are not just actively playing street games but are made to realize the values and benefits of these games.

“Mas maraming kaibigan, mas enjoy tapos nagiging healthy ka pa. Sa PSP (Playstation) wala kang kausap, parang nagsasalita lang mag-isa. Hindi masaya,” says Sydney Dormitorio, a Grade 6 student at EDSES.


Andrea Jane Ocampo, sixth grader, adds that by playing street games, she has learned to cooperate with people. She also gained a lot of friends and became physically fit.

“Sa computer games, mata lang, mga daliri at isipan ang gumagana. Sa larong Pinoy, di lang mahahasa ang isip mo pero buong katawan ma-eexercise,” notes 12-year-old Joshua Mark Orpilla.




ESKUWELARO: A SCHOOL FOR GAMES

EDSES principal Carmen Siao says only the movements used in these native games were initially incorporated in the DepEd curriculum. According to Mrs. Siao it was only lately that teaching larong Pinoy with scientific drills with official tournament rules are being actively promoted.


“We have a learning continuum that is tailored for each grade level. This includes the teaching of calisthenics and western games," according to Siao.   



Usually, native games are being played only in the neighborhoods and not in school. Pero dapat talaga maging aware ang mga bata na may sarili tayong laro. Ang mga computer games nakakabobo pero ang larong Pinoy, it will even help them develop nationalism and pride in being a Filipino,” she stresses.



Magna Kultura Foundation has been organizing sports clinics since the late 80s.  “Our goal is to bring the games back into the mainstream of society. We teach it in schools, and village-Barangays to encourage children to play it in communities. It is a subtle yet fun way of instilling patriorism among the new generation", according to Aguado.


"We are re-institutionalizing it by organizing  schools for Larong Pinoy, which we call Eskuwelaro (a.k.a. clinics) where we teach the game play mechanics in a systematic way, step-by-step, with drills, proper posture and movements” explains Aguado.


SCIENTIFIC PLAY


According to Dickie Aguado, there are about 50 native games classified into five categories.


These include Indoor GamesFiesta Games (pabitin, paluan ng palayok, palosebo, agawang buko), Street Games (patintero, luksong baka, piko, tumbang preso, luksong lubid, taguan), Hurdle Games (habulan, agawang base), and  Indoor Games (sungka, dama, and even Games of the Generals which was invented by a Filipino).  Apart from these, there are also the Tsinoy games such as chinese garter, checkers, and chinese jackstones.


Dickie Aguado says the Filipino traditional street games are so numerous that one can even create an entire Olympics competition with it!



Academic authorities validate Magna Kutura's premises. EDSES Physical Education teacher Manly Jose Junio underscores how street games promote total fitness --- from the physical with the locomotor (moving from one place to another) and non-locomotor (moving on-the-spot without going anywhere) movements incorporated into the mental fitness.


“Sa street games, nandiyan ang iba’t ibang kilos. Sa Piko, yung pag-hakbang ng isang paa lamang. May basics movements ng gymnastics sa piko, yung pagkuha ng pamato habang nagbabalanse ka na nakataas kamay at isang paa."  



Luksong lubid promotes endurance, while Luksong Baka, cooperation and trust in oneself.  


"Sa Patintero yung pagtakbo ng pa-ilag o parang takbo ng kabayo.  In playing patintero, you learn to strategize, develop self-confidence and ability. Tumbang Preso promotes presence of mind, fast thinking and movements, as well as agility.  And best of all, these games promote social camaraderie.  May mga batang mahiyahin pero pag pinaglaro mo nawawala na at lumalabas yung talento,” Junio explains.



TO AFFLUENT COMMUNITIES

It is not true that the games have vanished in Philippine society.  It is veru much alive in urban and sub-urban areas, and moreso in the provinces.  Aguado reveals what many have always thought so: native street games have only been dead in the upper class of society!


“It still exists in many places, and played daily by a lot of children.  It is absent only among kids who can afford expensive high-tech gadgets, and those who don't go out in the neighborhood," according to Aguado.  Magna Kultura have also conducted Larong Pinoy in the French International School in Paranaque, Metro-Manila.  The French and the German children enjoyed the games.





BUILDING A SPORT INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE GAMES.  

The real task for Magna Kultura is not just to conduct games, but to build an infrastructure --- from the training camps, to tournaments in schools, village-barangays and offices; to creating sports clubs; and finally, making the toys and game materials available everywhere ---- in neighborhood stores, commercial establishments, and making traders derive profit from marketing it as a sport.


During tournaments, they usually supply sari-sari stores within the neighborhood with toys and materials that will be used in the street games to make it available for the players while at the same time,
helping the merchants earn.


Their effort to promote street games to the affluent is now taking shape with an invitation to conduct an Eskuwelaro and tournament among private schools and upper-class villages in the country.



The event, Aguado says, will be participated in by kids who are not even familiar with most of the street games. Through Larong Pinoy, Magna Kultura hopes to promote patriotism; encourage family bonding with parents and relatives who played these games when they were kids; and to enliven and generate livelihood in the community.”



“We are reviving a cultural treasure. It’s really creating advocates and building an ecosystem of transformation. When these children grow 
up and learn to play western games, we hope the playing 
of street games will not die there but continue to be played and passed on from one generation to another,” he adds.


Aguado says their dream is to have an interdistrict, intercity, and hopefully a national tournament or Pambansang Palarong Pinoy in the near future, producing athletes who are truly proud of being Filipinos and the games they play.

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