Siklot

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Kids Playing Siklot

Siklot is a popular traditional game in the Philippines. Some say that it is the Filipino version of "jackstones" which is sometimes called "sintak." This game is usually played by female children ages ranging from 7 to 16.

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Getting Started

Each player provides herself with six or more seeds, pebbles, shells or marbles. The players must decide who goes first. In deciding turns, each player puts her stones in her hand, throws them all in tha air, then catches them with the back of her hand; tosses the stones in the air again, and catches them with the palm of the hand. She must try hard not to drop any stone in this last stage. The player who drops none or the least number of stone starts the game. The two players sit accross each other and the game is played on the space between them.Then each player puts the same number of stones in the game.

Flicking Stones

The main objective of the game is to successfully flick the stones that are dropped on the floor two at a time. The first player collects all the stones from other players. The player then tosses the stones in air and catches the with the back of her hand and tosses them again and catches them in the palm of her hand. The player holds the stones she catches in one hand. When there are already stones on the floor. The player looks for a cue stone and place it on the thumb over the index middle finger and flick the stone so to touch the other stones. The player flicks every pair of stones on the floor until nothing remains. After each successful game, she puts aside one stone called "baboy" then starts all over again. If the first player finishes the game without missing a stone the next player starts a new game. If the first player misses to hit the other stones the next player picks up where the game stopped until the first round is over. The player who has the most stone wins.

Cultural Notes

The name "baboy" (pig) is given to the stone acquired after every winning by a successful player is a symbol of a Filipino's savings. In the rural areas, families try ro raise their own pigs and fowls plus some vegetables for home consumptions as well as for extra money. One pig is always kept for future use to help finance special occasions like a baptism, a wedding, a fiesta, etc. The Tagalog folk speech, "nagpapataba ng baboy" (fattening a pig) means "saving for a rainy day" or "saving for a special occasion."

External Links

Siklot Pinoy Games
Tagalog Translator Online

Reference

Living in the Philippines Filipino Culture
Filipino English Dictionary
Games of Tanay
Lopez, Mellie Leandicho. A Study of Philippine Games. University of the Philippines Press: Quezon City, 2001.

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