Recreation of Traditional Games & Sports in Philippines

February 26, 2019
Awarding - World City College
Mr. Shammi Rana and Mr.Hari Banaag honored by World City College Antipolo city

Sports are very important for one’s life and participation in sports should always be encouraged. Participation in sports makes us active, healthy, fit, and also the development of our social and communication skills. The most common saying “Healthy mind lives in Healthy body” is so true because for a man to be successful his physical, as well as mental state, should be well.

Sports are the greater source of recreation. Sports remove stress and provide relaxation to our mind and body. Sports increase the team spirit quality in a human being. Sports teach us the value of time. It teaches us the value of a minute as well as a second also. Sports offer us a change from our mundane routine Sports are very important for kids and youth at their growing stage.

For this innovative performances the government of Philippines along with Mr. Hari Osais Banaag member Advisory Committee traditional sports and games, UNESCO and Mr. Shammi Rana Rapporteur Advisory Committee traditional sports and games, UNESCO  to advocate concept of UNESCO on traditional sports and games. Both hon’ble members welcomed By Phillipine Global Sikaran federation and Phillipine traditional sports community at Manilla airport.

Casimiro Jun Ynares III
Mr. Shammi Rana and Mr.Hari Banaag with Mayor of Antipolo City Hon. Casimiro Jun Ynares III

Mr. Shammi Rana and Mr.Hari Banaag honored by World City College Antipolo city. The guests were awarded in the recognition of the support and commitment towards the advancement of the traditional sports and games. In their brief discussions traditional sports and games have been included in the upcoming festival of Hane festival at Tanay city, Maytime festival at Antipolo City. Taguig City Festival at Taguig City of Philippine and members were assured by Mayors of City council for all kind of possible support the promotion of Traditional Sports and Games in region. Mayor of Antipolo City Hon. Casimiro Jun Ynares III shows interest to host event of UNESCO TSG in the Rizal province. Cainta vice Mayor Pia Shuck Velasco also met TSG delegation and shows commitment for the promotion of TSG in region.

The UNITED NATIONS Educational, scientific and cultural organization is a member of the United Nations Development group. As this group aims to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development, and intercultural dialogue through education, culture, sports etc.. Their intention is also to safe guarding and promoting traditional sports and games as well as to enhance intercultural dialogue and peace, reinforce youth empowerment, promote ethical sports practices and provide opportunities for traditional sports.

Filipinos are known to be lovers of sports and many have carved their names in the international sports scene. Think of Manny Pacquio, one of the world’s greatest boxer, and chess grandmaster Wesley So. But aside from boxing, basketball, chess, swimming, and others, Filipinos are also fond of their homegrown sports. Some of them are as under:

Arnis (Eskrima)

The Philippine version of martial arts is Arnis. Dubbed the country’s national sport, arnis is a weapon-based form of combat used for fighting since 1610. Due to the country’s diverse local dialects, is it also known as Eskrima among other names.

Mr. Shammi Rana and Mr.Hari Banaag with World City College Antipolo city Sikaran Players


This martial arts sport, which has been around since the 16th century in Rizal, Philippines, uses feet rather than the hands. One distinct technique in sikaran is the “Biakid kick” move which aims to hit the back of the opponent’s head. Sikaran a Filipino Traditional Martial Arts and Sikaran will be part of 2021 World UNESCO TSG Games in Astana Kazakhstan and 2020 Nomad games Turkey.

Sipa, or “to kick” is a native sport which is closely related to Sepak Takraw of Indonesia. The game is undertaken with two teams opposing each other, with a net in the middle of a court. The goal is to kick a rattan ball back and forth until it land on the floor of the opponent’s side.


Traditional wrestling in the Philippines is called dumog. Combining Filipino martial arts techniques, the aim in dumog is to pin an opponent to the ground. Strategies include pulling, grabbing, pushing and pinning the opponent down through targeting their body parts they use for control.

Awarding - WCC Sikaran
WCC Principal Mr. Joju P. Minoza Phd, Maria Rosario Luzon Campus Manager and staff with Mr. Shammi Rana and Mr. Hari Banaag

Palo-sebo, is a common sport played by locals. It features greasy poles, usually made up of bamboo, with a bag of prizes pinned on top of it. The aim is to climb the greasy pole and whoever gets the prize in the quickest time is the winner of the game.

Sungka is a game for two, played using a wooden block with 16 holes that can hold pieces of pebbles, marbles, or seeds. Two of the holes (called ‘heads’) remain empty, each player protects their own ‘head’. The goal is to gather as many pebbles etc in their ‘head’ as the player can in order to win the game.
What Can the Traditional Forms of Play Offer Us?

They hone Creativity: – Thinking of a new place to hide, a quick joke to end the opponent’s ‘statue’, discovering how regular household objects can serve as unique toys all silently hone creativity… Creativity is usually at a high while engaged in imaginative play, as it does not have boundaries. Electronic games don’t leave us with such opportunities.

They hone Interpersonal Skills: – Playing with living and breathing people versus playing against a computer.. With every such argument, one has the scope for plenty of observation and covert learning of interpersonal skills. This perhaps is one of the biggest advantages that regular indoor and outdoor play can offer us.

They help build a Realistic Perspective of Losing or Failure: - Games and play help us experience failure in a safe, ‘no-stakes’ environment. Therefore, they help us adapt to and cope with failure. Think about it.

Attain a Balance: - The idea is definitely not to stop electronic play but to attain a balance between the two. Electronic games are a good way of reducing reaction time and improving eye hand co-ordination. However, playing with people or even by yourself (and with your imagination) is one thing which going by me you mustn’t miss. Get the best of both worlds. Play wise, play well!