Havaianas Playback at the Bonifacio High Street

Before there were cellphones, the Internet and Wii, there was piko, sipa, tumbang preso, lakad lata, Chinese garter and patintero.

Havaiana Playback 03
Byahilo jumping over the Chinese garter


Havaianas turned part of Bonifacio High Street into a playground for kids and the kids at heart, with game stations for different Filipino games that we played when we were kids. It was a great project, since we hardly see any kids playing these games in the streets (then again, Metro Manila’s streets aren’t the safest place to play in). It made me smile seeing young kids learning about these games, adults reliving their childhood and enjoying the games they used to play, and this one Caucasian mother with her two children, having fun playing Filipino games.

Havaianas Playback 01
AJ and Marc racing at the lakad lata (walking on cans) station.


I’m not really into these games when I was a kid (really, I hardly went out of the house to play when I was little), so I just stood in the sidelines, taking photos and videos of my friends having fun. Things were just getting interesting over at the lakad lata section, when the guy taking videos of the event started directing the players where to go. The same thing happened in the patintero section, where he proceeded to order everyone around and telling them to let the other team pass. I can sense that the players only had fun during that brief 1-minute of play when he wasn’t ordering them around.

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Eric keeps a tight watch over Fritz


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All in all, it was a great and fun event. A good time was had by all, players and gawkers both. I hope Havaianas would have another Playback sometime soon. And maybe next time, we can play without a pesky cameraman directing how we should play *annoyed*

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Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 5 Comments
  1. xhris says:

    thy post reminded me of my patintero days in the unpaved sampaguita street in bulakan. nice post.

  2. dong ho says:

    hahaha… im not sure if i can still play those games. but it’s really good to spend some time playing this games to at least remind the new generation that there’s more to playing wii!

  3. alma buenviaje says:

    Anga saya! Sayang di tayo nag abot….went late na

  4. Jane Chua says:

    Hi Nina!

    I hope Havaianas will do a 2nd round since I missed the first one! was in Zamba waah :(

    I miss seeing you around Nina! :) It’s been a while since we last bumped into each other.


  5. Didi says:

    Intense si Fritz ah!! :)

    Bet it was super fun!!

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