Today, I’ll be featuring Bati-Cobra, one of the Traditional Games in the Philippines, my darling country. I will highlight one game for each post. Let’s try to review the games we played when we were kids, when we all have the strength and time on this world.
It is important for us to know and at any rate recall what we basically have in our country. Culture describes us, and these games are a bit of our lifestyle. Right?
Some times before iPad, Xbox, and PSP barraged us with outwardly dazzling electronic games, we were simply basic children playing basic toys. In those days, a gathering of youths could undoubtedly discover approaches to kill time by utilizing sheer inventiveness, quality and eagerness. From do-it-without anyone's help paper balls known as "touch ball" to energizing gathering recreations that don't require toys like Luksong Baka, Luksong Tinik, Patintero, and Tagu-taguan, we never ran short of fun activities. Real fun!
This post means to aim one of the interesting Traditional Games in the Philippines to our present age. Our customary games speak to a piece of our culture and ought to never be overlooked. Regardless of how dynamic we are or how bustling our timetables might be, let us recover those occasions when fun was found outside and in blending with other individuals. Give us a chance to keep the soul of Pinoy games alive for all the generation to come.
Let the game begin … Bati-Cobra!
Bati-Cobra is a classic but popular game among the kids in the province. It is a hitting and catching game. This game is played outside just by at least two players.
To play this game, two bits of bamboo sticks (one long, one short) are required. The long one fills in as the bat and the short one fills in as the ball. Furthermore, a little ground hole is required that makes a permanent base.
At least two players can play the game. To decide the main hitter, the player that strikes the smaller stick farther from the base will be the first to hit.
A player acts as a hitter and stands inverse from the others players at a distance. Tossing the smaller stick upwards and striking it hard plays the game. The other player from a far distance tries to get the stick. Whoever gets it turns into the next hitter. In the event that no one gets the stick the non-hitter may get the stick and strike the more extended stick set around the hitter close to the base. A player turns into the following hitter if the more drawn out stick is struck, however in the event that not, the main hitter keeps playing.
Points can be score by measuring the distance from the base up to where the smaller stick landed. The longer stick is used to measure the distance. Every length of the stick is proportionate to one point. A layer that gets 100 points or more is the champ.
This specific game might be or not recognizable to you, yet giving them a shot—regardless of whether you're not a child any longer—wouldn't be so terrrible. Also, the child within you will in the long run come up when the fun starts.
My Previous Traditional Philippine Game Posts:
Bahay-Bahayan - A Traditional Philippine Game
Agawan Base - A Traditional Philippine Game
Araw-Lilim - A Traditional Philippine Game
Sekyu Base - A Traditional Philippine Game
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