Traditional games in the Philippines (Larong Pinoy)

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Upon the desire of the Bureau of Physical Education and School Sports (BPESS) to foster patriotism, nationalism and appreciation of traditional games among the youth, it embarked on a difficult but fruitful task to search and record the traditional games from the different regions of the country.

Their patience, dedication and untiring effort to identify these games based upon their popularity and competetive quality paid off. "Dinoran," "Palo-sebo," "Kadang-Kaang" (bamboo stilt), "Patintero," "Tumbang Preso," "Culliot" (Pushing with bamboo), and "Bati-Cobra" (hitting sticks), are examples of these traditional games.

The successful launching of the first "Palaro ng Lahi" on February 10, 1984 at Laoag, Ilocos Norte through the combined efforts of MECS, Office of the Provincial Governor and Office of the Municipal Mayor, prompted the BPESS to include these "Laro ng Lahi" as an activity for physical education.

These games can be played individually or by teams. They are very convenient to play because of the limited space it requires and the simplicity of its rules.

Traditional Games - A symbol of our national identity and pride.



The most widely known and played game in the country is "Patintero." Due to its popularity a set of official rules was established. The equipment needed is chalk or paint, scoreboard, whistle, stop watch and powder.

A team is composed of 5 players and a coach. The official of the game is the scorer, timekeeper, and 5 linesmen. The objective of a team is to accumulate as many points by passing the lines without being tagged. A defensive team is called line guard while an offensive team is called the passer.

Rules of the Game

1. The game is started with toss of a coin or rock paper scissor or etc. Whoever wins becomes the passer.

2. A time limit of two minutes is given to each team to score.

3. Once the limit elapses, the line guards assume the positions of the passer, and vice-versa.

4. Passers are suppose to cross the lines from the starting point and back.

5. Four line guards are positioned on the vertical line and one on the horizontal line of the court. Their feet always be on the line.

6. Line guards tag the passer with powered hands.

7. If any of the passer is tagged, the line guard immediately assumes the position of passer even if the

-minute limit has not elapsed.

System of Scoring                                     

From Entry Point From Exit Point

First line - 1 pt. Fourth line - 2 pt.

Second line - 2 pts. Third line - 3 pts.

Third line - 2 pts. Second line - 3 pts.

Fourth line - 2 pts. First line - 5 pts. 


The duration of the game is three innings and each inning is divided into halves. 

Here the several videos I found on YouTube it has little different the way they played but is just put little Creativity. Note there is different types of patintero, Patintero and PATINTERO (TUBIGAN)













More Games

·        Tumbang Preso

·        Palo-Sebo

·        Kadang-Kadang (Bamboo)

·        Patintero

·        Culliot

·        Dinoron

·        Larong Pinoy

·        Tumbang Preso

·        Palo-Sebo

·        Kadang-Kadang (Bamboo)

·        Patintero

·        Culliot

·        Dinoron


·        Bati-Cobra


·        SIPA (BILANGAN)


·        SUNGKA



Do you know any Filipino Traditional Games? Please leave comment below!