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Pinoy Games: Luksong Tinik
Posted by Carrie B. Yan on 02/02/2011 11:28 AM

Participants:  Three or more

The name of the game was derived from how the game is played.

Two teams with an equal number of players elect their respective leaders; the one who can jump the highest is usually appointed by the members as their leader, who is then called the “mother.”

A toss coin or Jack-en-poy by the two leaders determines who plays first. Two players serve as the base of the tinik (thorn) by putting their right or left feet together (soles touching gradually building the tinik). A starting point is set by all the players, giving enough runway for the players to achieve a higher jump, so as not to hit the tinik. Players of the other team start jumping over the tinik, followed by the other team members.

If they all successfully jump without touching any of the feet of the base players, the game is advanced to the next degree of difficulty. The base players extend their right or left hands one on top of the other (fingers spread apart to symbolize thorns). The other team continues the same jumping process until the base players have used all their feet and hands or as long as none of the jumping team members' clothes, foot or any part of the body touches the tinik. Should this happen, the jumping team's mother gets to jump to redeem the player who failed in the earlier jump. If the leader fails that jump, the teams exchange places and the game starts anew.


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