Filipinos keen to share their games
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.
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