Filipinos keen to share their games

Central Leader - - NEWS - By KA­RINA ABA­DIA

Mel Li­bre has fond mem­o­ries of his child­hood in the Philip­pines play­ing games with ev­ery­day ob­jects.

A cou­ple of sticks is all you need to play a game sim­i­lar to cricket called Siatung – and with a few jan­dals and a tin you can play the game called bato lata.

Li­bre and other Filipinos are keen to teach these and other tra­di­tional games to any­one who’s in­ter­ested at the sec­ond an­nual free sports day called Lingawduwa.

The May 31 sports day is one of sev­eral events be­ing held in Auck­land in the leadup to In­de­pen­dence Day in the Philip­pines on June 12.

Mikki Guan­tero leads the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee for Lingawduwa.

‘‘A lot of our kids grew up here and have pretty much no idea what the tra­di­tional games are so it’s about ex­pos­ing them to that.’’

There are many other cul­tural and re­li­gious events which form part of the Filipino cal­en­dar but this is the only sport­ing one cel­e­brated in Auck­land, Li­bre says.

‘‘Chil­dren these days are at­tached to their com­put­ers so this is the bridge which brings them to the games we used to play in the Philip­pines.

‘‘The games are very sim­ple and not costly. We couldn’t af­ford soc­cer balls then so we made use of a stick, a [tap] washer and things like that.’’

Rex Yap says the way he used to play as a child was more in­ter­ac­tive and phys­i­cally and men­tally chal­leng­ing than things kids en­joy these days.

‘‘Just men­tion­ing the names of the games brings me a lot of nice child­hood mem­o­ries.’’

Lingawduwa will be held at Wakaaranga School in How­ick on May 31 from 8.30am to 3pm. Bring a plate of food to share for lunch.

Email li­brelaw@ya­hoo.com or go to Face­book.com and seach Lingawduwa for more in­for­ma­tion.

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