Sports in the Philippines is equivalent to love in the Philippines. Extensively witnessed Filipino names based on any sports tale is corroboration to it.
Yes, like any country, the Philippines is fond of international sports- football, baseball, chess, basketball, etc. But the Philippines are pretty much fond of Pinoy sports, too.
Played widely and cheerfully by the young kids, it seems never to end any shortly. For the resources come as quite restricted, it’s these young kids that curb out the materials for Filipino sports.
No concepts of the international led to”Larong Kalye”, street sports embarked from the innovative minds of the young kids of the past. Perhaps recreation is the word best suitable for Filipino kids eventually attaining mental and physical skills.
A closer look at the history of sports in the Philippines is an interesting take. As for now, the sports arena is flipped to Basketball being called off as the favourite for the Filipino. Even soccer and boxing is a game of ’emotion’ to people in the country.
But keeping all these international sports aside, let’s see what actual ‘traditional sports’ is:
Arnis: Eskrima Filipino sport’s
Arnis, the ‘eskrima’ is one of the world-famous indigenous games in the Philippines. It’s apparently the Filipino martial art style that only managed to receive the nickname of ‘eskrima’ and ‘kali’ for the diverse spoken language.
Existing since 1610, Arnis is the national martial sport of the Philippines. Bladed weapons used for combat are either knives or a stick and referred to as a cane or baton in-game time. Although the initial size for a cane is 28 inches, that can differ on conditions.
It was brought to us by the indigenous Filipino group as a self-defence tactic using combat tools like that of rattan, swords, daggers, and spears. This martial art form has come as an aid to islanders of the Philippines for the defeat of Ferdinand Magellan’s armour and the Spanish conquistador in 1521.
The Arnis competition is of two types; any model and the combative type. Any Arnis is a performance-based type where the choreography of martial art is judged. The combative Leban is a hand in hand combat competition and given strikes.
Arnis has overall gained so much weightage in the popularity that it’s been portrayed in Hollywood Television such as ‘The Bourne Identity’, ‘Kind-Ass’, and the ending scene of Fast and Furious 7.
Gifted to the Filipinos in the 16th century, Sikaran emerged in the Rizal, and the basics of this are rare. While martial arts are known to be played using arms, Sikaran instead uses the feet.
Indeed a unique martial art form that surfaced as one of the best Filipino games practised in Rizal with the best strategy of ‘Biakid kick’. This move is the foot slapping of the opponents back of the head.
Despite it having a great outrage in the whole of Rizal, the rest of the Philippines barely bets an eye to it.
Sipa: one of the best traditional sports in the Philippines
A very close reference to that of the ‘Sepak Takraw’ game of Indonesia is Sipa, which in translation is ‘to kick’. The execution of the game is open with two opposite teams competing parallelly behind the net positioned in the middle. A rattan ball is strategically kicked in the perception to reach it over the opposing team’s side.
Philippine sports is famous for the traditional element, and Sipa counts as one of them. Very familiar to that of soccer, the only eligibility for this game is a passion where controlling ball skills is a bonus.
Broadly played in parts of Brunei, Thailand, Indonesia, and Vietnam, Silat has been added to the Southeast Asian Games.
The intensifying attributes kickstart soon after the players hit the opposite person with locked hands. Grappling and vital points of the body are taught while learning Silat.
Silat rotates with the term ‘violence’ and has also been marked as a deadly martial art. Where games like Silat include the hit and beat rule, they are inevitably deadly, often numbed with precautions.
The age of this martial art is old. Also, Silat has accompanied the soldiers in the War in and around Southeast Asia.
Dumog, the traditional wrestling of the Philippines, aims at pinning the opponent down to the ground. Winning scales used are pulling, pushing, grabbing, acting against control points, locking movement, and pinning. Also, a better weight is a bonus. The overall gameplay considering the strategies is familiar to karate and Kung-fu.
The prime objective that focuses on Dumog is widely similar to that of other wrestlings. As for the Dumog matches, the attempted successful strikes, and takedowns lead to the scoring of a point.
Dumog matches are held only in the Philippines and in general, are accountable to the regional level, the majority of which differ in specific rules.
Palo- Seba: Palo Sebo mechanics
Yet another one of the most famous traditional sports in the Philippines is Palo Seba. For the society and locals in the province, this sport is a must needed game in Festivals.
A wooden bamboo is merged in the grounds and topped with greases, making it extensively smooth. At the head of the bamboo pole is the big prizes waiting for its winner. But reaching the peak is not an easy task with Palo Sebo mechanics a.k.agreases in it.
The first player that finally makes it to the pole is the winner.
The basics of this game are quite similar to the Ganesh Chaturthi celebration in India where players are competing to reach the modak on top. The only exception is the merging of bamboo.
Filipino sport’s aim for the fun players receive. As for Sungka, two players are involved in a match with a wooden block that has 16 holes in it. Each hole except the two heads is capable of carrying any of the three- pebbles, marbles, and seeds. The head is to be protected while collecting pebbles for victory.
The history of Sungka revolves back to Father José, the Jesuit priest who stepped his first in 1643 in the country. He had scripted the game to be played using seashells on a wooden board.
Apart from the Philippines, Sungka is played in Thailand, Indonesia, and Myanmar as well.