Filipinos are fun-loving people! It’s not unusual for them to celebrate almost every life’s milestones, even the smallest ones. Parties are typically loaded with various kinds of foods enough for all the guests and even their takeaways popularly referred to by the locals as “bring home”. Pinoy parties are even made more fun with party games.
Below is a list of the 10 most played traditional Filipino Games.
1 | Trip to Jerusalem
Trip to Jerusalem can be played both indoors and outdoors best played by two or more people.
The game is played by arranging chairs in a circle. The number of chairs should be one less than the number of players. So if there are 10 players, there should be 9 chairs. When the music starts, the players should dance while going around the chairs. Each player must take a seat as soon as the music stops. The one who wasn’t able to get a seat is eliminated. A chair is then removed until there’s only one left for two players to fight for. The player who gets the last chair wins.
2 | Longest Line
Longest Line is best played in a wide space and by at least two teams.
The goal of the game is to make a longest line out of the items found on the body of the group members. Players are divided into groups of equal size. They are given time, typically five minutes, to make a line using items such as shoes, slippers, belts, shirts, pants, handkerchief, and whatever is found on the body of the member. The one who makes the longest line within the allotted time wins.
3 | Bring Me
Bring Me can be played both indoors and outdoors best played by two or more people.
Also called “Give Me What I Want”, the game requires the player to bring to the host whatever he/she wants. It starts with the host saying “Bring me + item wanted”. The player who brings the item first gets the prize. The most popular items often asked include white hair, peso bills, and curly hair among others.
4 | Statue Dance
Statue Dance can be played both indoors and outdoors best played by two or more people.
Similar to Trip to Jerusalem, this game also involves music and dancing. When the music plays, the players must dance and must freeze once it stops. Those who are unable to remain still get eliminated. The game continues until there’s only one person left who will be declared as the winner. To make the game more challenging, the mechanics are reversed. The players should dance when there’s no music and must freeze once it plays.
5 | Paper Dance
Paper Dance can be played both indoors and outdoors played by partners.
The game requires a piece of paper, typically newspaper, and like Trip to Jerusalem, it involves music and dancing as well. Players are grouped into twos and must dance when the music is being played. Once the music stops, players must step on the paper and must stay that way until the music is played again. The couple whose feet are touching the ground is eliminated. The newspaper is then folded in half every round so it gets smaller and smaller. The last team standing is declared the winner.
6 | Pabitin
Pabitin can be played both indoors and outdoors with no maximum number of players although it is best to have separate rounds for shorter players and taller ones.
This game involves a suspended bamboo lattice tied with goodies which is lowered up and down to the eager players standing underneath. The players will then grab the goodies and get to keep whatever they could get. While the game is exciting, it can become quite dangerous when some players start to get violent just to get what s/he is aiming for.
7 | Pukpok Palayok
Pukpok Palayok is best played outdoors with no maximum number of players.
The local version of the piñata, pukpok palayok involves a clay pot called palayok instead of papier-mâché. The player is positioned a few meters away from the pot, gets blindfolded, spun around, and must walk towards the pot. The crowd distracts and confuses the player by yelling directions. Each player is given one to three chances to hit the pot. If the player missed it, s/he will have to go back in line and wait for her/his turn to try again. If the player hits the pot, the audience can get the goodies like candies, coins, and toys falling from the pot. The player who broke the pot is declared a winner and gets a prize.
8 | Tomato Dance
Tomato Dance can be played both indoors and outdoors played by partners.
The game requires partners to dance with a big, red tomato pressed between their faces. Partners must prevent the tomato from falling to the ground or from disintegrating else they’ll be eliminated. The last team standing is declared as the winner.
9 | Egg Relay
Egg Relay can be played both indoors and outdoors by at least two teams.
To play this game, players are divided into groups of equal size. The first player will then carry their egg on the spoon from the starting to a turnaround point and back again. The egg is then passed off to the next teammate who takes their turn. Players must be careful not to let the egg fall off the spoon else they will be required to stop, pick up the egg, and start again. The team who completes the relay first is declared as the winner.
10 | Pop the Balloon
Pop the Balloon can be played both indoors and outdoors by at least two teams.
Players are divided into groups of equal size. Each player is given a balloon and each team has a chair positioned a few meters away from the starting line. As soon as the go signal is given, the first player of the team runs to the chair, sits on it to pop the balloon, and return to the team so the next players can take their turn. The first team to pop all their balloons is declared as the winner.
While these games are commonly played by children during birthdays and fiestas, they are played by adults as well during Christmas parties, reunions, team-building activities, and others. Just one more reason why … “It’s More Fun in the Philippines”.
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