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After a “short break” in the palooza, we continue, this time with a game known here as “tumba lata” or falling can in english. It’s one of those games you see kids playing outside. It’s very common here, because the items used are everywhere, 2 simple things, a slipper, and a can.
The first thing you do when playing the tumba lata is choose someone to be “it”, personally I like thr rock, paper, scissors way. After choosing the “it”, all the other players go to a line about 2 meters away from the can, this is where they throw their slippers to the can in order to hit it, hence the name, falling can. If the slipper does not hit the can, you have 2 options, wait for someone to hit the can, or try to out-run the person guarding the can. If you touch your slipper, then the “it” can tag you, then you become “it”, if you don’t touch it, you have to wait for someone else to hit the can. If the can is hit, the “it” has to get it and let it stand before going after the people who run with their slippers. If the can is hit, but is still standing, the “it” and the player who hit the can run to the can, and try to touch or “save the can before the other. If the “it” touches the can first, the player that hit the can is now the “it”, and if the player touches the can first, the game goes on.
Now for some of my experiences with tumba lata, first of I started playing when I was young, since it was a popular game back then, when not many people used computers, we used to gather with some other kids and begin playing. Since it does involve running, it wasn’t uncommon that someone would fall and get some scrapes and bruises. As time went on, we would still play it, but not that often, especially once we moved to Davao, but we would still play it, especially when we would have brownouts, or get bored, or mostly when our cousins come to visit, or naturally when we ate something that was in a can.
Tumba lata has been a seriously fun game, they should really have a tournament, or just a game on the Kinect, don’t know if you heard about it, it’s a motion sensing controller for the Xbox 360, so you are the controller. But in the mean time, at least we can get a lot of exercise from it, and it’s one of those games that could last forever, or at least until someone gets a scrape, because the goal is repeated again and again. In my opinion, it’s the best game here in the Philippines, until you become “it”, which is when you would hate the game so much, but at least sooner or later you will be on the other end of the field, but that’s not the only great thing about it, you can play anywhere, as long as you have slippers, and a can.