The word “tabanog” simply means kite. It was one of the favorite pastimes of Cebuanos during summer. These kites or tabanogs came in different shapes and sizes. From a simple, diamond-shaped tabanog to a more complicated dragon-shaped tabanog, these were a common sight all over Cebu when summer vacation starts. While flying the tabanog was fun, Cebuano kids made it competitive by pitting their own kites with others.
Cebuano kids can be quite creative when it comes to keeping themselves occupied without having to spend too much. One of the results of this creativity is the luthang. The luthang is a toy gun made of bamboo. It consists of a barrel and a plunger and used wet balls of paper as their pellets. The pellets are fired through air pressure. This toy evolved when kids started using the tube of a pen instead of bamboo. Even as the game was fun, it was played during a time when small scrapes and scratches were merely shrugged off by kids, and parents considered these to be a part of growing up.
Chinese garter was a game played by elementary girls and used an ordinary garter that was around three yards long. The game required flexibility, coordination, and balance. At least three players were needed for the game. Two would be holding the garter horizontally while the third player would try to cross over the garter without tripping. The game starts with the garter held at a lower level and would gradually go higher as the game progressed.
While the girls have the Chinese garter, the boys have takyan. Takyan was a game where players would kick a shuttlecock for a specific number of times. The shuttlecock was made of a washer with feathers or plastic straw rope attached to it. There are times when a candy wrapper would be used instead of feathers or straw rope.
Pusil-pusil is the Cebuano version of cops and robbers. It is a very simple game where two teams would try to find the members of the opposing team and “shoot” them by shouting “bang.” Their “gun” was simply their fingers with the index finger or pointer finger acting as the barrel. Some would play the game using wooden “guns.” The game was played at a time when life was simple and kids were innocent and simply wanted to have fun with their friends.