Archive for the ‘On games’ Category

Book Format & Structure

September 14, 2009

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The format of our book has changed somewhat since we finally got a chance to talk. Ultimately, we think it’s for the better. The book can now be flipped and read from either end. Aside from our respective stories, we are currently designing a game that will be included in the package where readers cut out specially prepared images of our main characters and play a little game. 🙂

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Philippine Games: Langit, Lupa, Impyerno (Heaven, Earth, Hell)

August 23, 2009

Langit-lupa

It starts with chant by a ring of children gathered on a lawn or backyard. A designated child begins the rhyme:

Langit, lupa, impyerno
Im-im-impyerno
Saksak puso
tulo ang dugo
Patay, buhay
Maalis ka na diyaan.

Loose English Translation:
Heaven, Earth, Hell
Hell-Hell-Hell-Hell-Hell
Stab the heart
Out comes blood
Dead, Alive
And out you go.

With each syllable, the designate points to a player in the group until finally the rhyme finishes and with the last syllable, the “taya” or the “it” is chosen.

A mad scramble ensues as the remaining players search for elevated ground which is “Langit” or Heaven. Here the It cannot go and the player cannot be touched. The unfortunate player who is caught and tagged standing on “Lupa” or the the level earth becomes the new “It”. Then the running and tagging begins again.

The game ends when the sweat soaked children have had enough or their mothers call them in for supper.

Remembering games I used to play

July 13, 2009

Which games did we use to play as kids? Do the kids of today still play these games at school and in their free time? Are there similar games in France and in the Philippines? A few drawings to start the journey back to childwood.

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