"Shatonnnnnnnnnngggggggggg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" and mothers screaming "Anak! Pasok at mag agahan na! May Pasok pa mam'ya" were all you can hear in the morning in my Childhood days. Before, I usually wake up around 7am due to the noise the children make while playing these "Street Games". Right then and there, I would immediately change my PJs then head outside to join these kids. My mom would usually prepare "Milo" and have me drink it before going outside to play.
I remember our "tsinelas" are worn incorrectly, Wearing tattered Sando shirt's and very short shorts (i even remember some wearing only their underwear). We played until we couldn't catch our breath anymore). We only go home to eat breakfast when we are exhausted or if mother pulls out Daddy's belt or gives you “the look".
Most of you people reading this probably came out of the 80’s era where we had children playing physical games such as "shatong", "Piko","Tumbang Preso", "Luksong-Tinik\Baka", "Patintero", etc. But where are these games now? Most of the children i know now, doesn't even know how to play these games. They would prefer to play on their computers and go online for an MMORPG, or sit in the couch with a gameboy or psp (even Xbox and gamecube for the bigtime little tykes); but no longer play the "street games", not even the simple taguan or mataya taya.
It makes me sad because playing these games is also teaching us a lesson in life; such as; "If we fall, we must know how to stand back up and continue what we were doing", "more heads are better than one" and so on... My opinion is that If we were to compare the children of today to the children of yesterday, we will notice a very big difference from their attitude, the way they do things and express their thoughts.