PMAP Palarong Pinoy 2019

I'm so glad to be part of PMAP Palarong Pinoy, it was my first time and I enjoyed it. The energy of the participants overwhelms me. They are so empowered and I think very competitive.

We are less than 15 members that day but we face them with courage to try and do the things we never thought we can do. Too bad most of us are not prepared for the games, but we did our best to compete.

The first games was called Suot Lusot, the goal is to slip the Hula-hoop from one person to the other without breaking each others hand grip and the team to make the hoop come back to the starting line will win the game.

The second game is the Hula-hoop, a total of six players needed - 3 girls and 3 boys. Players will spin the Hula-hoop one at a time. The player will spin the hoop 60 seconds and the score will determine by the number of spin seconds. I finished the whole 60 seconds and it was fun, it reminds me the street game that I used to play when I was a kid.

The third game was called Funminton, there are 10 players in a group and there are 4 teams to compete each other in 4 courts all at the same time. To win, the team must eliminate other teams one-by-one until they are the last team left. The score is 10 points per player left.

The fourth game was the Kapitang Kulay, its a colored mat game who is spread at the court. Players will reach out for the called-out colors using the body part such as hand, foot, elbow, knee, shoulder, head, etc.

A body part can only be used once. Players un-able to reach the colors announced will be eliminated. There will be 10 calls. Ten players, two rounds. First round 5 females and the second one is 5 males.

Then, an obstacle relay race was next its called Karerang Takbo. Player will pass thru a variety of Pinoy games as obstacles. Path 1 is Piko Step-No, Path 2 is Limbo Rock, Path 3 is Walis Bilis. The race is timed and players run from the starting line and go thru each hurdle. Then from the turn-around points, players go back to the starting line before the next runner's turn. 20 runners per team will play the game.

Lastly, the Patinbola, 20 players per team, 12 offense / 8 defence and 2 minutes per set. Its actually a Patintero game with a twist because attack team carries a ball to and from the base and try to make Touch-Down Scores. The players may pass the ball to co-player team. However, if caught by Defence Team, both player and the bal is out. Attack Team may also make home-runs even without a ball.  Scoring will be 10 points for regular home-run by Attack Team, 20 points for home-runs with a ball by Attack Team and 5 points every TAGS made by the Defence Team.

The experience is amazing, it brings me back to my childhood memories and learn to enjoy simple games that helps you interact again with people around you. Unlike these days, kids are so busy on their own space, physical and virtual.

By the way, the sports fest activities is facilitated by Magna Kultura and sponsored by Universal Rubina Corporation, Evebelena, Healthway, and more. Thanks to PMAP for the invites as well as to my friend Richard.

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