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Philippine Games: Tatsing & Bagbagto

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Janeva Duran

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Transcript of Philippine Games: Tatsing & Bagbagto

Philippine Games:
Tatsing & Bagbagto


Indigenous games, such as Tatsing, are Hispanic in origin. The game was played by the Tagalogs of Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija.
Nueva Ecija was created as a military comandancia in 1977 by Governor General Clavería. Spanish records in the Philippines recognizes two (2) Spanish countries in the Pacific- Las Islas Filipinas and Nueva Ecija. Nueva Ecija was not given recognition as a separate country by the King of Spain in the 1840s because of poverty. The province was named after the old city of Écija in Seville, Spain.
Cultural Sinificance:
Tatsing stresses the importance of knowing our rich cultural heritage acquired in the longest occupation by the Spaniards in the Philippines.

The word Tatsing was loaned from the English word "touching".
3. Each player located before the toe line will try to hit the bottle caps out of the square without leaving the pamato inside the square. Player 1 continuously hits the bottle caps until he loses his turn by leaving his pamato inside the playing area.
4. The player with the most bottle caps at the end of the game, wins.
1. The players will decide on how big the square would be based on how many pamato they have.
2. In the pre-game, each player throws his pamato on/near the toe line. The player whose pamato lands on/nearest the toe line plays first and so on.
Cultural Significance:
This game stresses the importance of agriculture in our country. Our strong belief that if we do otherwise will cause starvation or even death. All these fears plus the unpredictability of the weather give way to the persistence of a large body of folk beliefs. Whatever religion the Filipino folk practices, the staple crop is considered sacred.
The word Bagbagto, otherwise known as Finallig, means stone throwing in Bontoc language.
1. The class will be divided into two groups and a team leader will be chosen.
2. They will pick a spot and wait for the go signal.
3. They will use balls made out recyclable paper with a pebble inside instead of rocks (paper maché rocks).
5. Each player will only be given two lives which means that if they were hit twice, they are out of the game.
4. The team that crosses the imaginary line first wins.

The Negritos mock rock war called Bagbagto or bagto is a very old game among the Bontoc Igorots of the Mountain Province. The game is an imitation of a form of ceremonial combat staged by men before each harvest of rice crops. It is regarded as a ritual by the older people of Bontoc-Lepanto area. They believe that the more blood shed in the riverbed, the more abundant the next harvest of rice and yams (camote).

Since the chief livelihood of Filipinos is agriculture, they have an impressive number of customs and beliefs related to planting and harvesting. The Bontoc Igorots of a village challenged another village to the contest before the harvest season. The players throw rocks at each other until a team is successful in crossing the imaginary line and the other team is forced to abandon their territory.
Gov. General Claveria
King Ferdinand VII
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