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Larong Pinoy Sports Clinic Hits Communities

Communities in Metro-Manila re-experience the fun of the Traditional Filipino Street Games during the Barangay outreach tour of the Larong Pinoy Sports Clinic conducted by Magna Kultura Foundation, the national advocate of the Filipino Heritage Games in the country.  Parents and grandparents brought their children to the sports clinic to let their children learn the games the same games they all used to play when they were young. 

While many of the new generations are familiar with the most popular of  games, the Larong Sports Clinic added new knowledge and techniques for children to play the game with an amateur playing skill.  Magna Kultura taught children the official rules of playing the games, as well as the proper ways of making the ground markers in the playing field.

Larong Pinoy Sports Clinic are being held in urban cities teaching kids popular Filipino street games like Patintero, Tumbang Preso, Piko, Luksong Tinik and many games that our parents and elders use to play.

The fun training sessions teaches participants detailed mechanics of each and every game, the proper posture and movements, with systematic techniques on how to play each game and win the match.

The 1st Part is a 20-minute session teaching participants the game mechanics, with systematic drills for proper execution, posture and movement.

The 2nd Part is a 3 ½ half hours session where participants are grouped into teams and conducted with actual game play; and, this time, orienting participants in the tournament formats and officiating rules. 

 It’s interesting to see the kids to execute each drill exercise, and giggling their way through each and every task.

The first Larong Pinoy Sports Clinics were launched by Magna Kultura Foundation in Y-2008 in Barangay Communities in Metro-Manila. The venues were jam-packed with kids who enlisted.  The event did not need much hyping and announcement because when word went out around among the neighborhood about the Larong Pinoy Clinics, parents who knew the games signed-up they children in the sports activity. 

Larong Pinoy is the traditional Filipino street games handed down from generations; it is the games of our heritage (Laro ng Lahi). It is cherished by elderly adults (grandparents), parents, and it is played by today’s youth.  

The Filipino Traditional Street Games Becomes No. 1 Team-Building Activity

The Traditional Filipino Street Games finds its home into the hearts of Filipino adults, as local companies re-discovered the fun of playing Larong Pinoy during Corporate Team-building Sports Fests; bonding with fellow-employees, and building  relationships like real “kababata’s” with  youthful energy. It is a game everybody knows. It is a game that anyone can play — young or old —- with a youthful spirit.

The Filipino Street Games has been with us for over a century.  In today’s modern age of technology, the games are very much alive, bringing fun in communities, schools, and lately, as a team-building sports fest in local corporations.

Human Resource Department personnel saw the values that it brings to employees, as it bonds young and old together in activities that everyone can play. 

Filipino Team building is more than just dragging employees to the usual basketball intramurals or having someone give them a lecture on why it’s important to work together. People learn best when they’re moving around, interacting, and working together on fun challenges.

Since the 1980’s there have been many new sports and innovative games — Triathlon, Xtreme Sports, Cross Games, Fun Runs, etc.  Since Y2008, many companies have opted to launch sports fest using the Traditional Filipino Street Games as platform form team-building sports fests. With Larong Pinoy, employees THINK FILIPINO.

There’s more than one way to improve the level of employee engagement in a company.

Using Larong Pinoy is a unique platform to engage employees, creating youthful energy and fun community atmosphere at the workplace.

It triggers sharing of personal experiences and insights that leads to intimate bonding.

The selection of Larong Pinoy as a Sports Fest Activity is intended to involve employees into doing an alternative event instead of the usual western sports, to make the company affair fun and truly Filipino. It is a fact that only a few employees get to play in the usual sports like basketball, volleyball, or other western sports; with Larong Pinoy everybody can play — from executives, to staff, to clerks, to general service employees. 

It’s a game everybody knows.  It’s a game everyone can enjoy — even the non-sporty type.  Larong Pinoy challenges employees & staff to re-learn the Filipino Street Games blended with team building values and youthful camaraderie in the office.  With Larong Pinoy as sports fest platform, the team bonding goals will flow naturally among employees and staff, internally at the office even before the day of the event.

What Happens When Companies Decide To Use Larong Pinoy As Sportsfest Platform?

Internally at the Office

It will get each and every employee talking about the games, reviewing what they know, and definitely remembering their childhood memories.  It will “bring-out the child” in everyone when they relate to one another, making the office alive.

It will trigger individual exploration, making young people consult elderly employees who are knowledgeable about the games.  It is a light and fun bridge for office bonding.

And, it will trigger CommuniTeam bonding as they practice the games together.    

Then, During The Event

Larong Pinoy is definitely out-of-the-ordinary (than the usual basketball or track racing). Even non-players will have the fun of watching co-employees execute compete in the games.

There is total team bonding with fun-filled cooperation that naturally flow amongst participants.

Larong Pinoy leaves no physical hurt or emotional feelings (unlike rough sports like basketball), because  it’s all child-like fun games and thrills that are so Pinoy.

The Larong Pinoy sports fest will impart a youthful and unforgettable experience among employees.

The youthful atmosphere that it creates will make them feel as if they all grew up together.  Aside from CommuniTeam Building, it builds employee relationships .



It is a game everybody knows.  It is a game that anyone can play with a youthful spirit — from management to staff to line employees — young and old!   The Larong Piinoy experience reverberates within the organization even weeks after the event —- making each and every  feel as if they “grew up and played with each other when they were young”.  This is the spirit that games of our heritage bring into an organization.  And a well-organized event even makes it more memorable.

Magna Kultura Foundation, an NGO for arts and culture, organizes Larong Pinoy sports fests for companies with a Mini-Olympics format, making it truly fun and challenging for young and old employees.  Magna Kultura organizes traditional Filipinos street games like patintero, tumbang preso, piko, sipa, luksong tinik,, siyato, holen, trumpo, and other street games like an Olympic competition. Magna Kultura conceptualizes, organize and implement team building programs, workshops and corporate events, giving you more than what you expect, with the best value for your company.

Over 100 companies will tell you that Magna Kultura’s corporate team-building events makes are one-of-kind activities that leave lasting impression on employees and bring out the best in a company.

Treat your employees to a Fun Team-Building Sports Fest where everybody can play: Palarong Pilipino Mini-Olympics for young & old! A Sports Fest Team Bonding Activity can be held anytime of the year.  It doesn’t have to be summer. Build your corporate family into a CommuniTeam now.




Dickie Aguado, Executive Director – Magna Kultura Foundation

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Palarong Pinoy: A Fun Team-Building Sports Fest

More and more Filipino corporations are organizing Palarong Pinoy sports fests. Over 500 companies have held Larong Pinoy Corporate Mini-Olympic Events.  Human Resource Managers have testified that a Larong Pinoy even is truly a one-of-kind activity that leave lasting impression on employees, and bring out the best in each and everyone.

Unlike Basketball or any of the usual western sports activities, Larong Pinoy is a game where everybody will be able to easily participate in.  Even employees who don’t want play enjoys the event — cheering, “jeering” and supporting the teams.  Iba ang Larong Pinoy.  Ito ang tunay na Laro nating mga Pinoy.

A Larong Pinoy  company sports fest is both for young and old employees, for male and female, and for everybody who’s every inch a Filipino.

Magna Kultura started advocating Palarong Pinoy company sports fests in 2009 as a way of promoting patriotism among adults in a fun way.  Since then, the word spread that companies could have an alternative sporting event other than the usual western games.  Companies have been requesting Magna Kultura to organize their sports fest not only during summer, but any month of the year.

Magna Kultura organizes the games like a real Olympics with Tournament Systems, Referees, Game Marshals. Employees are grouped into teams with team captains.  And competitions are conducted with matches on Patintero, Tumbang Preso, Jumping Rope, Sipang Bilangan, and various Pinoy Relay Races with timed heats & team scores tabulated.

But what makes it even great is that, everyone who plays the game with their fellow- employees gets the feeling like they are childhood playmates (magkababata).  The activity becomes a unique team-bonding experience.  The experience goes beyond the event as employees cherish the thoughts of the games through-out the year.

To build a corporate family, let employees play like children.  Because employees work hard — let them play hard!  A Sports Fest Team Bonding Activity can be held anytime of the year.  It doesn’t have to be summer.



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Keeping The Traditional Filipino Street Games Alive

In this technology-driven world where almost everyone – including children – practically live a virtual lifestyle, only a handful of those who are aware of indigenous street games remain.

After school or during weekends, children retreat to their own little world — watching TV shows for hours on end, or playing computer games at home, at internet shops, or malls.

Left with a little choice, modern-day parents usually join their kids and succumb to the lure of technology for the purpose of bonding.

But are these children losing the real joys of childhood to temporary happiness afforded by computer games? 


“Ang mga lumaki sa computer games, walang kababata, walang kalaro. Meron lang sila ka-chat. They are usually couch potatoes who may even have a hard time accepting defeat,” points out Dickie Aguado, executive director of Magna Kultura Foundation (MKF).

Since 2001, this education-for-development non-government organization has been on a mission to revive the playing of street games or Larong Pinoy among the youth in schools and residential communities.
In strengthening awareness of the games among the new generation of Filipino youths, Magna Kultura did not just organized tournaments; the foundation set-up sports clinics to teach the official game playing mechanics with systematized drills and exercises.
Dickie Aguado, Executive Director of Magna Kultura Foundation, explains, “The proper approach in re-institutionalizing the games of our heritage back in the mainstream of society is to create a ‘school’ for teaching the way each and every game are played.  The passing on of the tradition of play must be formalized in a fun way among the new Filipino youth.  After learning the proper way to play it, they can enjoy it with their peers in school or in their neighborhood communities.”
With students from public schools now into these native street games, plus a Department of Education memorandum that orders the games’ integration in the curriculum, Magna Kultura’s advocacy gains solid ground, and even gets the much-needed support from private firms with corporate social responsibility.

Students from E. Delos Santos Elementary School at the sports clinic

At the Epifanio delos Santos Elementary School in Singalong, Manila, for instance, students are not just actively playing street games but are made to realize the values and benefits of these games.“Mas maraming kaibigan, mas enjoy tapos nagiging healthy ka pa. Sa PSP (Playstation) wala kang kausap, parang nagsasalita lang mag-isa. Hindi masaya,” says Sydney Dormitorio, a Grade 6 student at EDSES.

 Andrea Jane Ocampo, sixth grader, adds that by playing street games, she has learned to cooperate with people. She also gained a lot of friends and became physically fit.  “Sa computer games, mata lang, mga daliri at isipan ang gumagana. Sa larong Pinoy, di lang mahahasa ang isip mo pero buong katawan ma-eexercise,” notes 12-year-old Joshua Mark Orpilla.


Carmenc Siao, Principal, E. Delos Santos Elem. School

E. Delos Santos Elementary School principal Carmen Siao says only the movements used in these native games were initially incorporated in the DepEd curriculum. It was only lately that larong Pinoy is being actively promoted through DepEd’s Adopt-a-School program and MFI in partnership with Magna Kultura.

“We have a learning continuum that is tailored for each grade level. This includes the teaching of calisthenics and western games. Usually, native games are being played only in the neighborhoods and not in school. Pero dapat talaga maging aware ang mga bata na may sarili tayong laro. Ang mga computer games nakakabobo pero ang larong Pinoy, it will even help them develop nationalism and pride in being a Filipino,” she stresses.

Magna Kultura Foundation has been organizing sports clinics for multinational companies as well as kite-flying festivals since the late 80s. “Our goal is to bring the games back into the mainstream of society. We teach it in schools, bring it to the barangays, and encourage children to play it in communities.

We are also institutionalizing it by putting up a school for larong Pinoy, which we call Eskuwelaro (a.k.a. school clinics) where we teach the systematic way of playing the games step-by-step,” explains Aguado.  “On top of it, there is also the ultimate aim in using larong Pinoy to promote patriotism among the new generation; encourage family bonding with parents and relatives who played these games when they were kids; and to enliven the communities, and generate livelihood in the neighborhood.”

According to Dickie Aguado, there are about 50 native games classified into five categories.These include Indoor GamesFiesta Games (pabitin, paluan ng palayok, palosebo, agawang buko),Street Games (patintero, luksong baka, piko, tumbang preso, luksong lubid, taguan), Hurdle Games (habulan, agawang base), and  Indoor Games (sungka, dama, and even Games of the Generals which was invented by a Filipino).Apart from these, there are also the Tsinoy games such as chinese garter, checkers, and chinese jackstones.Dickie Aguado says these street games are so numerous that one can even create an Olympics with it!

Mr. Manly Jose Junio, P.E. Teacher

EDSES Physical Education teacher Manly Jose Junio underscores how street games promote total fitness — from the physical with the locomotor (moving from one place to another) and non-locomotor(moving on-the-spot without going anywhere) movements incorporated into the mental fitness.

“Sa street games, nandiyan ang iba’t ibang kilos. Sa piko, yung pagkakandirit o paglundag ng  isang paa lamang.
Sa patintero yung pagtakbo ng pa-eskape o parang takbo ng kabayo. May basics ng gymnastics sa piko, yung pagkuha ng pamato habang nagbabalanse ka na nakataas kamay at isang paa.
Luksong lubid promotes endurance while luksong baka, cooperation and trust in oneself. In playing patintero, you learn to strategize, develop self-confidence and ability.                                                                                                                                      .
Tumbang preso promotes presence of mind, fast thinking and movements, as well as agility. May mga batang mahiyahin pero pag pinaglaro mo nawawala na at lumalabas yung talento,” Junio explains.

BUILDING A SPORTS INFRASTRUCTURE                                                                                                                                                                       
Aguado reveals that one of the reasons why the games are not as popular is because there is no infrastructure.  There are no sports clinics or tournaments, and and only a handful of merchants are selling larong Pinoy toys.“So the real task is to build an infrastructure. Not just to organize games here and there, but to build an ecosystem to revive it — from providing schools with exciting materials, to conducting sports clinics, building sports clubs, and finally, launching tournaments as venue for players to make use of their skills.Along with all these, activating retail selling of toys in neighborhood stores, and creating a tipping point for the retailers to derive profit from it.’’ Aguado says.
During tournaments, Magna Kultura conducts its own trade promotions marketing efforts and aligns with the sari-sari stores within the neighborhood, to load toys and materials that will be used in the street games to make it available for the players while at the same time, helping the merchants earn.The task is easier in every Barangay as Magna Kultura maintains an active data-base network of over 80,000 sari-sari stores in Metro-Manila.
 ”One of the main reasons why children are un-able to play the games is because there are no toys available”, according to Aguado. “That’s the reason why we are aligning with the retail stores. The livelihood program with retail stores is part of building the infrastructure for reviving the games back in the mainstream of society.  We have to involve the retailers and let them see that there’s business in Larong Pinoy as a sport.”
Aguado also noted that, currently, there is no company or product that owns Larong Pinoy.  ”The opportunity to make Larong Pinoy as part of a brand’s equity that delivers day-after sales is tremendous” Aguado says, “because the market is not only composed of children, but encompasses living generations of adults, from parents to grandparents.  Not to mention the fact we are aligned with all the sari-sari stores in Barangays.”
“We are reviving a cultural treasure here. It’s really creating advocates and building an ecosystem of transformation. When these children grow up and learn to play western games, we hope the playing of street games will not die there but continue to be played and passed on from one generation to another,” he adds.
Aguado says Magna Kultura’s goal is to have an inter-district, inter-city, and hopefully a national tournament or Pambansang Palarong Pinoy in the near future, producing athletes who are truly proud of being Filipinos and the games they play.
In the meantime, the social and cultural advocacy continues, even as they spur social enterprise with retailers in communities in an effort to build a sports infrastructure.  With Aguado’s experience in pioneering  various sports clinics in the 1990′s, along with organizing a nationwide kite-flying festival, he says that the formula for cultural entrepreneurship will ensure that they will be able to revive the games of our heritage in the mainstream of society.
Aguado concludes, “We must sustain it. We cannot let the games of our heritage vanish in the midst of modernity.  It’s a cultural treasure that must be preserved, because what we are really keeping is the Filipino spirit.  It will live on.”

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About The Magna Kultura Articles In This Site

The articles and insights posted in this site contain the programs and advocacies by Magna Kultura Foundation.  Magna Kultura Foundation is an arts and cultural organization NGO implementing educational, cultural, and socio-civic programs at the grassroots of society; supporting civic groups and organizations with social entrepreneurial skills and capabilities to improve the well-being Filipino citizens and communities.

Magna Kultura Foundation conducts cultural programs in engaging sector-communities, such as: art activities. stage productions, indigenous sports events, and other socio-civic activities; as well, as corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities with direct linkages to city-districts.

Magna Kultura specializes in developing community engagement campaigns that connects with various sector organizations, like village-community associations, school and universities, transport organizations, and civic organizations.

The foundation was established on June 2, 2003 by Dickie Aguado.