The Pog King

December 7, 2006 at 12:23 pm 12 comments

Pog is the name of a game popularized in Hawaii in the 1930s by a fruit juice brand made from Passion Fruit, Orange, and Guava. Caps of POG bottles were originally used to play the game. In the Philippines, the Pog craze was resurrected by the Coca-Cola company.

With pog tournaments being held in malls all over the countries, parents were buying stacks of pog cards, kids drinking tons of coke to avail the free pog cards with it, teenagers trading, buying, stealing, and fighting over the limited edition series of pog cards.

There are several ways to enjoy pog cards such as collecting, trading, and bragging (which I did) but there are two main ways of playing pog cards. The original way of playing pog cards is by stacking the cards then hitting it with another pog card or the “slammer” (the collectible which only a few lucky ones had, it was the envy of every little boy), any card that would flip the opposite side would be property of the one who hit the pogs.

The “kanto” way of playing it was thru the “tex” style, wherein 2-3 players would put their “pamato” within 3 pog cards. The cards will then be thrown onto the air, and if any of the 3 cards landed on the opposite side of the two, then that would be the winning card. Above is a video of how the game is played.

Credits to: Wikipedia for the history of POG and to the makers of the Pog King video


Entry filed under: Toys & Games.

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12 Comments Add your own

  • 1. bettina  |  December 7, 2006 at 11:54 pm

    Hey! I remember playing pog with my brothers… yeah, pog was fun! Bragging about my pogs (even though I didn’t have a lot) was fun too but stealing some from my brothers was more fun! >:P Bring back the nineties, when we were kids and had nothing to worry about!

  • 2. Frances  |  December 8, 2006 at 1:06 am

    OMG POG!!! I loved that! Hahahahaha! Sobrang padamihan pa and all that. I don’t remember where my pogs are anymore. Hehe!

  • 3. Paulo  |  December 8, 2006 at 2:52 am

    i still have my slammers :))

  • 4. jacques  |  December 8, 2006 at 12:36 pm

    awwww POG! haha. i can recall playing this game with my brother! xD i already forgot how it was played, but reading your entry made me remember. :)))

  • 5. kidswereus  |  December 8, 2006 at 12:45 pm

    Hey paulo, maybe you can send us the picturs of your slammers sometime (if you still have them). Was playing pog a guy thing really? The only girly version of pog that i saw was the Lola Bunny slammer, and that was at the height of Space Jam.

  • 6. ronwald  |  December 10, 2006 at 10:15 pm

    We all know POG as the round cards we loved to play with, but do any of you guys still remember the POG creature? The wacky looking thing advertised by COke. What’s its name again? hahaha!

  • 7. Caruray  |  December 11, 2006 at 9:31 pm

    Oh my gosh! Hmm..I can’t remember if I liked POG. I just know that my grade 7 classmates used to play it inside the classroom during breaks. By the way, your video’s weird, but funny.

  • 8. candy  |  December 13, 2006 at 12:16 am

    i still have my collection of pogs!!! i got a lot and its cleanly and carefully kept in this long pog case! hahaha lalang pog maniac before..thoh the trend did not really last long..if i recall correctly..

  • 9. stephanie  |  December 13, 2006 at 3:07 pm

    hahaha! i collected this before! loved the shiny ones! used to play this with my siblings…memories:o

  • 10. honey  |  December 26, 2006 at 1:55 pm

    sorry for being morbid. hahaha.. i used to love playing POG until i accidentally hit my brother’s eye with it. he needed around 6 stitches.

  • 11. lovely girl  |  January 10, 2007 at 7:35 am

    hindi ko enjoy larong yan boring kse.

  • 12. odarbozoz  |  January 11, 2007 at 1:14 am

    Yeah POG!!! I think I still have that big POG board where u play on. Didn’t they also make those POGs that you could make fly? The ones with the teeth around it? Or was that something different?


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