Tumbang Preso

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Tumbang Preso is a popular Filipino street game also known as Presohan.

The game requires 3 or more players. Each player is provided with a large throw-away object (could be slippers or a shoe) called "pamato". A semi-flattened empty tin or plastic container (the size of an 8 or 12 oz. tins) is placed in upright position 6 or 8 meters from the throwing line. A player is drawn as the prisoner (usually through a system like Jack en Poy). The prisoner will guard the empty tin or container.

The other players stand at the throwing line. They take turns throwing their "pamato" at the empty tin, trying to knock it down. As soon as the can is knocked down, the prisoner must put back the tin in upright position before he can tag the any of the players attempting to recover their "pamato". If the "pamato" becomes too close to the tin in an upright position, so that the prisoner can step on both with one foot, the owner of the "pamato" becomes the new "prisoner". The prisoner can also tag the players while recovering their "pamato" outside the throwing line.

After each throw, a player must recover his "pamato". Should he be tagged by the prisoner before he reaches the throwing line, he becomes the prisoner in the next game.


  1. http://www.seasite.niu.edu/Tagalog/Filipino_Games/mga_larong_pilipino.htm



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