3 Fun Filipino Games Relived at San Miguel’s Fiesta in Silang Cavite

3 Fun Filipino Games Relived at San Miguel’s Fiesta in Silang Cavite 

 

Palo-Sebo, Luksong Sako, and Hampas Palayok, are considered vintage games when in Manila. These Filipino traditional games and sports are usually still present at a small town’s fiesta, though!

 

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Photo courtesy of Erica Loyola San Vicente

The question is: when was the last time you heard about these traditional games? In today’s digital world, these games can easily be forgotten. At any rate, it is always nice to reminisce about the good ol’ days, right?  Let’s relive those times, shall we?

It has been years since I last heard about the games Palo-Sebo (climbing a greasy bamboo stick), Luksong Sako (sack race), and Hampas Palayok (Hit the pot). Hampas Palayok, has always been present at children’s parties, but at fiestas, they are usually the highlight of the day! If we weren’t invited to experience the Fiesta last weekend in Silang, I wouldn’t have thought of writing about these Filipino games.  

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San Miguel residents dance with their Patron Saint (St. Michael) during the parade. 

 

3 Fun Filipino Games Relived at San Miguel’s Fiesta in Silang Cavite 

3. Palo- Sebo was derived from the spanish words, palo (pole) and sebo (grease). It is one of the old Filipino traditional sports usually present during fiestas. The rule of the game is for two (2) or more men to climb a greased up bamboo pole. Whoever gets the flag sitting on top and brings it down the fastest wins the game.

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 I love the determination and courage of the players! Photo courtesy of Erica Loyola San Vicente

 2. Hampas Palayok or Hit the Pot in English is a classic game for kids and kid-at-heart. I’m not sure about you, but I’d usually join the crowd in yelling the instructions to the “hitter.” Are you like that, too? 🙂 

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1. Luksong Sako or Sack race is not only present during fiestas, but during team-buildings, as well. Strategy and Teamwork are the key points to winning this game.

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 I miss being a kid!

 

I’m grateful for my family to have  witnessed these Filipino traditional games. With the games made convenient and just a download away, it is sometimes nice to disconnect and revert to old school games! 

How about you? When was the last time you’ve seen or played these games? 

3 Fun Filipino Games Relived at San Miguel’s Fiesta in Silang Cavite 

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