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From the Field

Traditional Filipino Games (Laro ng Lahi)

January 16, 2015, 3 days before the group of Canadian students from Cegep de Remouski’s return to Canada.

Cegep de Remouski w/ David LIndsay

They were presented an activity and games which they were never played and experienced before.

We call it  Laro ng Lahi or the Traditional Filipino Games.

These games are commonly played by children, usually using  native materials or instruments. Due to limited resources of toys of Filipino Children, they usually come up with games without the need of anything but the players themselves.

Years ago, kids used to gather in the streets or in their neighborhood playground to play their favorite Pinoy games.

This has been their regular and popular pastimes, as well as the favorite games of our parents and grandparents until new and modern forms of entertainment (technology like computers, phones) has taken over the interests of children. But a great majority of Filipino children still play this games.

There are about 40 known traditional Filipino games but we just taught them six games.

The group of students were divided into three groups. Sponsored kids were also divided and assigned to the three groups.

First game was sudsud, it has a rectangular pattern with columns and lines that are drawn on the floor. Players have their own small flat stones. All columns are just like levels. First, you will throw the stone to the first column then you move the stone with one foot while the other foot is hanging up.

Second game was called dampa, it is a rubber band game, usually using  bare hands in producing air coming out of the hand to move the rubber bands.

Third game was called kadang , it is composed of two coconut shells attached with string. It is played by using the coconut shells as a slippers while holding the strings. Whichever team finishes first wins.

Fourth game was chinese garter, two people hold both ends of a stretched garter horizontally while the others attempt to cross over it. The goal is to cross without having tripped on the garter. With each round, the garter’s height is made higher than the previous round (the game starts with the garter at ankle-level, followed by knee-level, until the garter is positioned above the head). The higher rounds demand dexterity, and the players generally leap with their feet first in the air, so their feet cross over the garter, and they end up landing on the other side. Also, with the higher levels, doing cartwheels to “cross” the garter is allowed.

Fifth game was Patintero (in English try to cross my line without letting me touch or catch you). There are two teams playing: an attack team and a defence team; with players for each team. To score, attack team players must make “home-runs”. The attack team must try to run along the perpendicular lines from the home-base to the back-end, and return without being tagged by the defence players.

Cegep de Remouski's teamwork while playing Higot-Higot

Sixth game was called higot-higot, this game has a string that is tie in each players foot. Basically this game is about teamwork or teambuilding , whoever team reaches the line wins.

After the exciting and spectacular games the group have their first budol-fight. It is a Filipino style of eating with no plates, spoon and forks but only with bare hands. All the foods are served in a banana leaf. These are all native delicacies

The group was so tired after playing but were refreshed afterward. Thus, the real objective of this activity is to show them the Filipino games, the culture and the food.

Written by : Aleth Young – Volunteer Program Coordinator

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Volunteer for the Visayans’ Gift-Giving

Vfv team singing a Christmas carol songs infront of the children in Ormoc City

 

Traditionally, Volunteer for the Visayans give out gifts every year to different placements and projects.

Volunteer for the Visayans has managed to accumulate a number of donations such as  toys and clothes from previous volunteers and various donors.

This enabled us to distribute or give out simple gifts to children from disadvantaged backgrounds and to different RHU.

December 17, RHU , Tacloban City , Orphanages , Street Children , Womens Shelter.

December 18  ,  Ormoc City , Hayag , Lingap Center, Boys Holding Center.

Rural Health Unit (RHU) clinics serve as the only source of free healthcare for impoverished communities in rural towns around Tacloban City.

It is at these clinics where one doctor and a handful of nurses have the sole responsibility of looking after a community of thousands of people whilst at the same time having only a limited number of resources at their disposal.

Thank you Rural Health Unit (RHU) in providing healthcare for the people in each community.

Child Welfare institutes such as private and government funded orphanages in the Philippines do not possess the necessary funding to extend their services past basic care and social welfare support.

As a result abandoned, orphaned and neglected children very rarely get the opportunity to experience the pleasure of receiving gifts.

Many of this orphans are often undernourished and have previously suffered from great deals of neglect.

We were happy to see the smiles on every child’s faces once they received and opened their gifts.

In future , if your child’s toy box or clothes is looking a little overcrowded and you are thinking of discarding a few items to the trash, we ask you to reconsider. Volunteer for the Visayans will take any of your donation to distribute it to some of the most disadvantaged children in Leyte.

Please click the link to help and donate  http://www.visayans.org/donations

Written by: Aleth Young – Volunteer Program Coordinator

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Funding for the future

On November 30, 25 mothers from the bustling village of Cangumbang met with VFV workers Christina Born and Maila Lesterio.

Members of 'Future Funds' have their first official meeting in Cangumbang, Palo

Whilst the meeting started with a few lighthearted jokes and an amusing icebreaker game, the purpose of this gathering was far more ambitious, ultimately ending with the formation of Cangumbang’s first micro-financing initiative.

Initially conceived by VFV volunteer Christina Born, her hope now is to transform this concept into a reality, and in so doing break the cycle of poverty many families in the area face.

“In essence, members agree to save as much or as little as they like, with the possibility to apply for emergency and income generating loans after 3 and 6 months respectively.” Christina explains.

After deciding upon the appropriate name ‘Future Funds Club’, attendees and developers expressed enormous optimism for the program, and why not? Since the first micro-financing programs proved enormously successful on the Indian subcontinent their effectiveness in combating poverty has been witnessed across much of the developing world.

Christina Born, VFV volunteer, explains the process of micro-financing

In her explanation of micro-financing Christina outlines the purpose of creating the program in Camgumbang:

“By participating together, members support one another in saving money. Once money is saved within the fund it’s less likely to be spent by participants or taken by their family members.”

Eventually, members will have the opportunity to apply for emergency and income generating loans. By enabling access to these services, members will not only have a safety net in the event of an emergency, but also access to manageable income generating loans. Through these loans Christina hopes to empower the people of Cangumbang, and provide them with loans to purchase farm animals, store supplies and even create successful businesses.

In the future, the hope is the Future Funds Club will become self-managed and self-perpetuating. In the mean time, VFV sponsorship coordinator Maila will continue to work with the fund to ensure it’s smooth start.

Projects in and around Tacloban City are currently in need of your assistance. To have a life changing experience and help improve the lives of the Visayan’s, click here!

*written by Robin White, media intern from Australia

 

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