Dampa was a simple game using lastiko or rubber bands. The object of the game is to move an odd number of rubber bands across a line from a pile of rubber bands. If the player moves an even number of rubber bands, his opponent will get the rubber bands. The players move the rubber bands by putting forming a small dome using both hands. They should hit the ground with their hands and move the rubber bands using the compressed air they produce.
Sungka is one of the traditional Cebuano “board” games. It is played using a sungkaan and 49 game pieces. These game pieces are equally distributed in the holes of the sungkaan. The player who gets most of the pieces at the end of the game wins the game.
Longtime Cebu residents are familiar with the trump cards. These were cards featured pictures of cars, aircraft, boats, tanks, or animals, among others. They also have some information and statistics of car, aircraft, or boat featured on the card. The object of the game is to read out a higher value basing on the information on the card. But, the Super Trump beat all cards with the exception of the “A” card.
Marco Polo may be the new name for an iconic hotel overlooking the Queen City of the South. But, Marco Polo was once a game Cebuano kids used to play in the past. It is a variation of the game tag where the “it” would be blindfolded and “look” for the other players inside a room. He or she would shout “Marco” and the other players would respond “Polo.” During this time everyone else tries to position themselves away from the “it.” When the “it” shouts “stop,” everyone should stop in their tracks. Once the “it” locates another player, he or she would try to find out the name of the person by using his or her hands. If the “it” correctly guesses the person’s name, the person would become “it.” If not, the game starts again.
This is the Filipino version of rock-paper-scissors. While Manila peeps call it jack-en-poy, it was simply known as “pick” in Cebu. Technically, it is not the game itself since people use it to pick who goes first in a game. It game is also used to pick sides in a game. But, it can also be played inside the house when your parents would not allow you to go out at night. It does need any special tools or equipment, just your hands.
What other indoor games did you use to play when you were a kid in Cebu?