Note: I was born nostalgic. I find it hard to dispose things which really made an impact in my life. These things may either serve as a reminder of a certain event or bittersweet memories, or just plain nostalgia at its best. As I was rummaging thru my stuff, I found out that I brought the Class Magazine which we published as part of our College Requirements. I was the Sports and Entertainment Editor in our class and I wrote a feature article about Filipino Indigenous Sports.
I went to the place where my childhood friends and I used to play. Though my neighbor’s tacky two-storey house has already replaced those gigantic tress which provided us shade during a hot day, I could still feel how we laughed at the top of our lungs and how the six of us screamed at each other for no reason at all. ‘Twas still the same place where we always go after an afternoon ‘siesta’ and play from ‘one to sawa.’ I closed my eyes and suddenly felt that I am a child again. Yes, I’m Mark Ryan and I’m six years old.
Time passes and things change. Kids in our present time may consider our childhood games as obsolete and out of fad. Because of the emergence of play stations, PSP, the mouch sought-after counter strike and other interactive games, the words tumbang preso, shato, patintero and luksong baka may never be put into practical usage again. As far as the children of today are concerned, they are just words which will be considered as part of the 70′ and 80’s kids’ memory dictionary. I wouldn’t be surprised if my baby brother approach me one day to ask how these Filipino games are played.
If I could just close my eyes and relive the moment when our infectious laughter caused by the different unique Filipino sports do the magic, I will gladly do so. In a wink of an eye, many things could change but those games will always be a part of the childhood I had which was proudly Filipino.
P.S. Thanks to Pareng Eli for the brilliant artwork. And by the way, don’t forget the number one rule in playing some Filipino games, ‘Dead Mother, Dead All.’