Traditional Igorot games played in Mountain Province intramurals

Traditional Igorot games have been showcased during the Intramurals of Mountain Province State Polytechnic College in Bontoc.

According to Kuya Kim’s report on “24 Oras,” Thursday, some of the games played by the students include sangkor (arm wrestling), bangngunan (leg wrestling), guyyudan (tug of war), and kadang-kadang.

Videos of the games were uploaded on TikTok by Teacher Somerson Kis-ing to share their culture to other people.

“Iba ‘yung first-hand experience na nakikita mo ‘yung culture mismo,” he said. “They will be informed na buhay na buhay pa rin ang kulturang Igorot.”

The students wore indigenous attire for the games, some of which have become a way of life for them.

“These games were originally created to pass our heritage to younger generations. They play a vital role in showcasing our rich cultural identity and our pride as Igorots,” said Jennifer Ruth Tuazon, performing arts director of the college.

“Both men and women participate in these traditional games. The extent of male and female involvement can depend on specific customs, roles, and traditions within each community.”

Meanwhile, arnis has been the national sport of the Philippines since 2009. Also called eskrima, kali, or garrote, the sport is played using two sticks.

—MGP, GMA Integrated News

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