7 Hand-Clapping Games That Made Every Filipino’s Childhood Even More Fun
Technology has taken over our lives, and at this point, we don’t even have a reason to contest that. Kids as young as 8 already have smartphones, so they end up spending most of their day staring at their devices, playing mobile games or chatting with friends. Of course, that does not apply to everyone, but it can’t be denied that it’s true for the majority. Years ago, a child’s typical day went a different way.
In the Philippines, long before Clash of Clans and Dota 2 hopped into the picture, there were games that helped young boys and girls spend their weekend in a more fun and interactive way. There are Pinoy street games like sipa, luksong baka, and tumbang preso. But there are also games that don’t require the players to do anything but to sit down facing each other and prepare their hands for the big fight. These are the hand-clapping games, and the Filipinos love them!
Hand-Clapping Games That Helped Shape Our Younger Years
They might not be played as often as they used to be before, maybe kids today haven’t even heard of them. But that does not make them less of a fun way to spend the day. Here are some of the hand-clapping games we will never forget and will always go back to when the digital world seems too much.
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1. I Wanna Be a Tutubi
Its name literally translates to “I want to be a dragonfly,” but this game has nothing to do with those insects. In I Wanna Be a Tutubi, while singing the Tutubi song, a pebble is passed around by all players except for one who serves as the taya. The taya will have to guess which player has the pebble at the end of the round.
The song goes, “I wanna be a tutubi na walang tinatagong bato sa aking kamay na nahulog sa lupa tinuka ng manok na nanggaling sa bundok!” (We live for rhymes, so tutubi seems to be the best choice.)
2. Si Ana Ay Bata Pa
“Si Ana ay bata pa kaya ang sabi niya ay um-ah-um-ah-ah. Si Ana ay dalaga na kaya ang sabi niya ay um-ah-um-ah-ah.”
This is how the song for the hand-clapping game Si Ana Ay Bata Pa goes. The title translates to Ana Is Still a Child, and the song—and the game’s main goal, safe to say—tells the story of a kid named Ana from when she was still a kid to her eventual death.
3. We Gonna Beng
We Gonna Beng is way simpler than most hand-clapping games, although you need to have a sharp memory, good enough to memorize the claps and all the gun-hand movements so you won’t get eliminated. This game can be played by two people or more.
The players just need to do the right hand movements as they sing the lines “We gonna beng! Beng! Beng!” Whoever makes a mistake is out.
In Concentration, the game starts by singing the “Concentration” song. Each player then gives a number, which will determine how many times the players will clap.
5. Chimpoy, Champoy
The usual jak-en-poy (rock, paper, scissors) is so mainstream that some came up with a quite similar game but with a twist.
The song that comes with the game goes, “Chimpoy, champoy, jako jako ne. Jako jako oink-oink. Jako jako ne. Jako jako beh beh. Jako jako ne. Jako jako amen. Jako jako ne.”
Both players will sing the song. The “jako jako ne” part is a cue to do the jak-en-poy. After this, each player will have to sing a different line. The winner sings the “jako jako beh beh” and sticks their tongue out, while the loser will say “jako jako oink oink” then point to their nose. “Jako jako amen” is sung if it’s a draw complete with the pray gesture.
The secret to winning the game is to be attentive. You don’t really have to be good at rock, paper, scissors because what matters is you know which line to sing and which gesture to do so you won’t get eliminated.
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