Sports and pastimes

Nickles, Greg
January 2002
Philippines: The People;2002, p24
This section provides information on the sports and pastimes of the Filipino people. Filipinos are big fans of tennis, boxing, swimming and mountain climbing. Basketball is especially popular among both children and adults. Arnis de mano is a Philippine martial art which is similar to sword fighting, but the fighters are using a different weapon. One weapon is the balisong, which is a knife that has a handle made from an animal's horn and another weapon is a wooden stick called tungkod. Cockfighting is a popular spectator sport in the country, although some people think that it is an act of cruelty to animals. Filipino children play with many toys, including spinning tops, kites, slingshots, dolls and yo-yos. In the 1920s, a Filipino named Pedro Flores introduced the yo-yo to the U.S. and shortly afterward a yo-yo company sprang up in California and the toy became popular around the world.


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