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Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! - ADRIAN V. GONZALES

A clos­ing door for the“Larong Lahi”, the na­tive street games of the many “pal­aboy” in the early 80s , which is grad­u­ally emp­ty­ing it­self by rapid changes in the com­mu­nal sys­tem.

Ev­ery af­ter school, most chil­dren en­joy their usual meet­ing with peers in the street for the con­tin­u­a­tion of the un­fin­ished bat­tle of yes­ter­day’s game. Th­ese ac­tiv­i­ties in­for­mally ed­u­cat­ing themto de­velop sports­man­ship and ca­ma­raderie, while the chance of con­quer­ing each bout may up­lift­the win­ner’s per­sonal sat­is­fac­tion.

To­day, stu­dents are very oc­cu­pied with their en­gage­ment not only with the daily lessons in­side the room, but also with their so­cial me­dia life which have turn to be their usual ap­point­ment to com­plete a day. Even though car­ry­ing gad­gets es­pe­cially mo­bile phones re­quire spe­cial per­mit be­fore us­ing it in­side school com­pound, many ig­nore this pre­cau­tion.

The re­vival of “Laro ng Lahi” be­ing in­te­grated in the phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion were merely oc­ca­sional. Hence, chil­dren chose to spent more time stay­ing in front of a mon­i­tor for a long time and be­ing hooked to vir­tual re­al­ity than out­door ac­tiv­i­ties with their school­mates and friends. It is very cru­cial to leave chil­dren’s gad­get en­gage­ment unat­tended. Be­ing so­cially in­clined to up­dates and in­for­ma­tion may gen­er­ate con­fi­dence as means of so­cial ac­quain­tance, but the in­volve­ment to it, should not defy the de­vel­op­ment of self-dis­ci­pline, in­tegrity and cul­tural inheritance.

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