Filipino Traditional Games


Here are some Filipino traditional games. With the advent of computer games, it still worth noting that kids need to run and play physical games that significantly help in their physical and social  developments.

  1. Patintero (Bulan bulan) – This is an exciting game done in a rectangular field.  Two opponents- taggers and runners are formed. The taggers will block the runners for going to the base.  Once the runner is caught, a score is made.
  1. Kolyahan ng Saranggola – This is a unique game of kite fighting. Two groups are formed using either small kites or big kites.  The aim of players is to destroy the kites of the opponent using tactics and methods.  A team will triumph in the game if the opponent’s kite plunges to the ground.
  1. Dama –  This game is equivalent to chess using twenty-four pieces.  The two players position their 12 pieces for each set at the end point of a small wooden board with 10 squares and 14 end points.  The player who can consume all pieces by the opponent wins.
  1. Luksong Tinik – This is commonly played by older kids wherein two face each other stacking their hands and feet and gradually increasing the height of the block for the opponent to jump.  If the opponent touches the hurdle, a team member may be able to save her.  If not, they will assume the seated position.
  1. Sipa –  This is similar to a volleyball game but the ball used is a rattan ball.  This is merely a kicking game wherein the opponents kick back and forth the ball without touching any parts of the body except the knees down to the toes.
  1. Trumpo – Tops are played all over the world.  The tops are usually made of guava or jackfruit wood crafted for fast spinning.
  1. Bati-cobra –  This game is similar to baseball but using short and long sticks.  The batter will toss and strike the smaller stick by the longer stick.  The opponent will then try to catch the flying stick.  If caught, he will serve as the batter.
  1. Sangkayaw –  This is a fun game of coconut shell race with two groups.  The players will fall in line and run using the coconut shells by taking turns.  Players who walk for more than 2 steps after a fall will be disqualified.  The first team who finish the race wins.
  1. Araw-Lilim – This is similar to a running game but using light and shade.  The tagger will touch whoever is in the light to become the next tagger.  To avoid being tagged, a player can stay under the shade.  Taggers can be two or more to become exciting (Batongbakal, L., n.d.).



Barbosa, C. (2015).  In Focus:  Traditional Games in the Philippines.Republic of the Philippines, Office of the President, National Commission for Culture and Arts.  Retrieved from

Batongbakal, L. (n.d.). Traditional Filipino Games You’ve Probably Never Heard Of. Filipiknow.  Retrieved from


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