Games in the Streets (Larong Kalye)
Translated to Filipino, this means ‘Larong Kalye’. I always played ‘Langit-Lupa’, ‘MonkeyMonkey’ (Tag), ‘Piko’ (hopscotch), ‘Patintero’, and ‘Taguan’ (Hide and Seek) . I loved drawing on the street using chalk. I would bicker with my playmates because they would always try to grab my chalk from me but eventually we will all make up because we have to pick kids for the teams in the games.
I would always sneak out of the house so that I could play with the neighborhood kids. It was fun, really–the sweating, the laughing, the ‘pikunan’ and the bullying. After everyone’s nicely exhausted, some kids would take out their new toys on the street, the yayas will go after their ‘alaga’ and chase them with Johnson’s Baby Powder (ayan, product placement!).
We always go to someone’s house for merienda after playing (a glass of Eight o’clock juice and mamon to be exact). I’ll sneak back in my house safely with our house helpers pretending that nothing happened.
So how fun was your Larong Kalye days?