When I was a kid, the phrase DO NOT RUN was repeated to me over and over again. I’d be playing outside and my mom would call out, “Ineng, do not run. Papawisan ka.” If they ask me to fetch something or go somewhere, I’d immediately take off and skid to a halt because someone would tell me, “Do not run, just walk, baka madapa ka.” Na naman is the unspoken message. Klutz, remember 😛
Do not run … you think I listened? Haha we all know the answer to that one. Here are some running games my friends and I loved to play in Batangas:
The game is simple, you need 2 teams and each team must choose a base. You send runners out as bait and then the opposing team will also send out their runners. The chase is on. You can only run after and tag runners who leave their base earlier than you did. This is of course often a source of heated debates. You need to strategise … do you send out your fastest runner to draw the opponents or should you keep that runner to save you for later.
You are only safe and cannot be tagged if you are touching your base.
Once you get tagged, you are held “prisoner” at the opponent’s base. All tagged players link arms and form a line and hope to be rescued or “dagit” by their team mate. To get rescued, the runner from your team must tag the line of prisoners.
The object of the game is to ”capture” all the players from the other team.
SAKSAK PUSO, TULO ANG DUGO. This is very similar to MonkeyMonkey Annabelle. You recite a rhyme and each round a player is eliminated. The rhyme goes like this, “Saksak puso, tulo ang dugo. Kutsara tinidor alis di-yan.” I know, it’s a bit morbid but I swear I am not making this up.
The last person not taken out after reciting the rhyme for the umpteenth time is the “It” or “Taya”.
The Taya will start running after the others and will try to tag tem. When tagging runners, the Taya must shout “Saksak!”. If you are tagged or naSaksak, you must stop and freeze. No extra step. No smiling with teeth showing. Yup, show your pearly whites and you are the next Taya. Your friends can save you by tagging you and saying “Puso“.
We had hours and hours of fun playing these games. I still remember our key runners, Jennifer Achico and Dino Marasigan. They were really fast. I wonder if they are still running…