Filipino Birthday Games

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Filipino Birthday Games
Try some time-honoured game ideas for a Filipino birthday party. (birthday celebrations image by Photoeyes from

Filipino birthday games can be traditional games played by children of Philippine descent. In the Philippines, children play in the streets with sticks and rocks and play running games similar to the game of tag. Traditional Filipino birthday games don't require fancy equipment or a lot of preparation. Children from any culture will enjoy these fun and energetic games.

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Tumbang Preso

Tumbang preso is a simple game in which three or more children can participate. According to the Cultural Heritage website,, players select the child who will be "it" or a child can volunteer to play "it." Place a can or plastic bottle in the middle of the game area. The child playing "it" stands near the can or plastic bottle and tries to protect the can from being knocked over by the other children. The game is then played similar to the game of "tag." The child playing "it" must chase the other children around the play area trying to tag one of them while protecting the can. If the child playing "it" tags a child, but another child has knocked the can over, the tag does not count. A tag only counts if the can is upright.

Children may throw their shoes at the can, or run into the play area and kick the can over. If a child manages to run into the play area and kick the can over without getting tagged first, she can recover all the shoes before the can is placed upright again and bring them back to the other children.


Piko is a hopping game played by an even number of children and similar to hop scotch. According to, the children draw a game board on the ground with chalk. The diagram consists of an oval divided with an X. Write the numbers two, three, four and five inside each wedge of the oval created by drawing the X. Draw a semicircle at each end of the oval and half oval on each side. Write the numbers one and six inside the semicircles at each end, and write the numbers seven and eight in each of the half ovals on either side. The semicircles and the half oval shapes are called the "moons."

Each player selects his or her "moon" and tosses a stone into that section. The player needs to hop onto the game board and kick the stone out of the moon. The next time the player throws the stone into the number two, he hops to that space and kicks the stone out of the space. Number five is next and then six and so on.


According to the Center for Southeast Asian studies at Northern Illinois University, players for the game, Patintero, are divided into teams with an equal number of players. The teams decide on the winning score before the game begins. They may decide that the winner will be the first team to score five points, for example. The play area is a rectangle divided into four parts. The teams can toss a coin or draw straws to decide which team will be the taggers, and the other team will be the runners. The taggers have to stand on the perpendicular lines of the rectangle. The tagger standing on the perpendicular line in the middle is allowed to move on the parallel line that intersects with the middle line. The runners must take turns running through the rectangle while avoiding the taggers. A runner scores a point when he gets through the taggers. If any runner gets tagged, the teams switch places. The winner is the first team to reach the agreed upon score.

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