Luksong Tinik is a popular game of school children back then in the Philippines. It is literally means (jumping on thorns). I remember playing this with my brothers and sisters as a mean of enjoyment, well did we play, all the time a good way of getting fit also. Need three people to play, 2 players are assigned to serve as the fence over which the other players will jump over. These two form a base by placing the soles of their feet together. A distance from the fence is then designated for the jumping players as a runway. In some games, the best jumper is designated as a “mother”.
Fun ! Fun!
The players are to jump over the fence without touching it. Whoever touches it will be out and serves as the fence again. As each round is cleared, the fence gets higher as a hand is added. This continues until the players who act as the fence run out of hands and feet to add. If any part of a jumping player’s body or clothing touches the fence, that player is out. The designated “mother”, has a chance to save a failed jumper by attempting the jump herself. If she fails, the game resets with the failed jumpers forming the fence. Remembering the days when we still young back in elementary, we used to play it with friends and classmates at school before heading home. Some sports and games back then is good for children for creates sportsmanship in us. It also has great effect on children social skills moulding them to a better person. When we compare our generation back then to the present generation, it is really has a big difference. Especially nowadays with the presence of emerging technologies, children are not interested anymore in traditional games but on digital games like in mobile applications, tablets and some games that internet cafes offered for a very cheap price rates hourly. Some good memories and fun in good old days.