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What is Rock Paper Scissors in Tagalog? Origin and Winning Techniques

What is Rock Paper Scissors in Tagalog? Origin and Winning Techniques

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The iconic hand game Rock Paper Scissors in Tagalog is called “Bato bato pick.” But in the early days, Filipinos called it Jack en Poy, which came from Janken Pon, the Japanese version of the game. Also called RPS, this simple yet fun game is mostly used as a decision tool. And in case you’re not aware, there are also professional RPS tournaments in different parts of the world. Where Did Rock Paper Scissors Originate? While the exact origins of Rock Paper Scissors remain unknown, it has a rich history and has evolved. According to records, the game has ancient roots, with variations dating back to during the Ming dynasty (1368–1644) in ancient China. In the early Chinese version, it was called “shoushiling” and hand gestures represented a frog, a slug, and a snake. Rock Paper Sci...
What is Yo-Yo in Tagalog? Origin, Myths, and Pedro Flores

What is Yo-Yo in Tagalog? Origin, Myths, and Pedro Flores

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The yo-yo in Tagalog is also called “yo-yo,” and is considered to be one of the oldest toys in the world. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the word “yo-yo” is “probably from Ilocano yoyo, or a cognate word in a language of the Philippines.” Some people also believe that it means “come back,” which makes sense since this is what the toy does.  According to some reports, ancient Filipinos invented the yo-yo and used it as a weapon or a hunting tool. Allegedly, the locals during the 16th century climbed on trees and waited for enemies and prey to pass by. Then, they throw rocks tied to a 20-foot-long cord and pull the “yo-yo” back. However, there is no historical or archeological evidence to support these claims.  Another myth about the yo-yo is that it originates in Chi...
What is Spinning Top in Tagalog? Origin, Types, and How to Play

What is Spinning Top in Tagalog? Origin, Types, and How to Play

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The spinning top in Tagalog is called “turumpo” or “trumpo,” and is one of the oldest toys in the world. This traditional toy is called “trompo” in Spanish, “koma” in Japanese, and “Doppisch” in German. Despite not being popular today, the turumpo will never die. In fact, International Top Spinning Day is celebrated every October, with varying dates.  The origin of the spinning top dates back to around 6,000 years ago. Archaeologists found a clay spinning top in Iraq, dating back to the 35th century BC, and was dubbed the world’s oldest spinning top. A carved wooden top was among those that was found in the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun (King Tut) of Egypt, who reigned from 1332-1323 BC.  As we all know, modern spinning tops have a half sphere on the top part and a conical section ...
What is Toy Car in Tagalog? Origin, Brands, and Filipino Ingenuity

What is Toy Car in Tagalog? Origin, Brands, and Filipino Ingenuity

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The toy car in Tagalog is called “kotse-kotsehan” or “laruang kotse.” Also called model cars, toy cars are among the favorite toys of young boys and wonderful collectibles for car enthusiasts. On the other hand, toy trucks are called “trak-trakan.” But regardless of the type of vehicle, most Filipino young boys love to play with these small wonders.  Like dolls, toy cars are said to have existed since the late Stone Age, or about 7,500 years ago. This is after a tiny stone car with two axles and four wheels was uncovered in an excavation site in Kiziltepe district, in Mardin, Turkey. The ancient toy, which is now on display at Mardin Museum, is now believed to be the world’s oldest toy car.  Meanwhile, the origin of toy car manufacturing goes back to the late 1800s, shortly after...
What is Doll in Tagalog? History, Kinds, and Filipina Barbie Dolls

What is Doll in Tagalog? History, Kinds, and Filipina Barbie Dolls

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The doll in Tagalog is called “manika” or “maynika”, a common toy for young girls all over the world. When it comes to baby names, Manika was derived from a Sanskrit origin, meaning “precious jewels.” As a toy, dolls are a small model of humans and the most popular doll is Barbie. But in case you don’t know, there are also Filipina Barbie dolls.  The origin of dolls dolls can be traced back to as early as 2000 BC. This is after archaeologists found wooden paddle dolls in Ancient Egyptian tombs and burial grounds. There was also evidence found that dolls made from clay, ivory, and wood existed in ancient Rome. In ancient Japan, the earliest known dolls are Daruma, Hina, and Kokeshi dolls.  Aside from being girl’s toys, there are cultures where dolls are also used as spiritual or r...
What are Clackers in Tagalog? Origin, Ban, and Huge Comeback

What are Clackers in Tagalog? Origin, Ban, and Huge Comeback

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The clackers in Tagalog are called “lato-lato,” a toy that used to be popular in the 60s, 70s, and 90s. But in late 2022, it made a huge comeback in Indonesia and Malaysia and reached the Philippines in 2023. As of posting, lato-lato is still a trending toy in the country despite the potential hazard from parts and injury it might cause to young children.  Contrary to what many people think, the lato-lato did not originate in the Philippines or Indonesia. Instead, it was introduced in the US in the late 60s and was called “clackers.” During that time, the balls in clackers were made of acrylic plastic and shattered when hitting each other. After receiving reports of eye injuries, the US FDA decided to ban the toy in 1971.  Clackers were initially called Newton's Yo-Yo, which was ...