Street Games vs. Computer Games

In this technology-driven world where almost everyone – including children – practically lives 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.

Traditional Filipino Games or “street games” in the Philippines are games commonly played by children, usually using native materials or instruments. Due to limited resources of toys of Filipino children, they usually come up on inventing games without the need of anything but the players themselves. With the flexibility of a real human to think and act makes the game more interesting and challenging.

Here are some of the known Filipino traditional or street games that seems forgotten by most of us: Patintero or harangang daga, Tumbang preso, Luksong-Baka , Luksong-tinik , Piko , Sekqu Base, Agawang sulok , Araw-lilim , Bahay-Bahayan, Bahay-Kubo, Bati Cobra, Bulong-Pari, Buwan-Buwan, Chinese Garter, Holen, Jack ‘en Poy, Juego de prenda, Kapitang bakod, Langit-lupa,  Lawin-Lawin (Hawk and Chicks, Pacpa Can, Banog Banog), Palo-sebo Pitik Bulag, Sawsaw-Suka, Sipa , Taguan, Takip-silim, Ten-twenty, Siato, Ubusan lahi and Teks or teks game cards.

These games are mostly played before, during and after school as well as during PE class. Some of them are played during fiestas or and when there’s wake for the dead.

Studies shows that 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. It was also promoting national culture and Filipino pride among the new generation of youth.

It is also commonly known that games play an important part in the learning process of the child. This educational influence of games on the physical, mental, and moral vitality of a child, by playing street games, children has learned to cooperate with people. They also gained a lot of friends and became physically fit.

Many have always thought that native street games have only been dead in the upper class of society but it still exists in other part of the country, especially on the rural areas. A few decades ago, kids used to gather in the streets or in their neighborhood playground to play their favorite Larong Pinoy games like piko, patintero, taguan, tumbang preso, siato, luksong tinik, etc. These has been their regular and popular pastimes, as well as the favorite games of their parents and grandparents until new and modern forms of entertainment has taken over the interests of young kids.

Moreover, the advent of information technology has ushered high-tech gadgets and computer games that has fascinated children and even adults. Computers and game gadgets are mostly played indoor, with less outdoor physical activity and bonding for children among neighborhood friends.

Amidst by the age of computer and video games, the re-introduction of the traditional Filipino games can be a good vehicle to promote active outdoor play and attachment in things that are Filipino. Our childhood memories won’t be completed if we do not try at least one of those street games that, we, Filipinos have.

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COMGUILD (The Center for Journalism)

Junior and Senior BatStateU Development Communication students joined the 5th Annual Conference of Journalism and Mass Communication students of the Philippines which was held at AFP Theater, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, Aug. 1, 2010.

The said conference was organized by COMGUILD “The Center for Journalism”, which aimed to unify the communication students all over the country and presents different opportunities in their chosen field. The event was hosted by GMA7 news anchor and reporter Joey Villarama, Bernadette Reyes and Raffy Tima with the theme “Pursuit of Mass Media towards Responsible Broadcast Journalism.”

The guest speakers were Mr. Doland Castro, a veteran reporter of ABS-CBN, Ms. Mariz Umali, news anchor and reporter of GMA7, Mr. Jeremy Torr, the managing editor of Discovery Channel and Ms. Sandra Aguinaldo, a documentaries and reporter of GMA7.

The speakers/lecturers shared knowledge and experienced then presented different outputs in benefits of the students as the future broadcast journalism. As what Mr. Doland Castro remarked, “a broadcast journalist makes news to extend help and be a journalist for a right reason.”

Mr. Jeremy Torr received his plaque of recognition.

The said conference highlighted the awarding of the 2010 Best Male/Female Field Reporter, the 2010 Most Outstanding Male/Female News Presenter and the Hall Of Fame Award.

Mr. Anthony Taberna (ABS-CBN) awarded as 2010 Best Male Field Reporter and Ms. Ina Reformina for 2010 Best Female Field Reporter. Mr. Ted Failon (ABS-CBN) awarded as the Most Outstanding Male News Presenter and Ms. Karen Davila (ABS-CBN) for the 2010 Most Outstanding Female News Presenter while Ms.Mel Tiangco (GMA7) got the First Hall of Fame Award.

Meanwhile, the awarding of certificates to the judges and to the participants was also given.

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