— Oscar M. Lopez
Chairman, Lopez Group Foundation, Inc.
Banking on the principle starting young, First Philippine Industrial Park embarks on the re-introduction of traditional games to re-integrate traditional Filipino Values.
Playing games is an important part of growing up and in the learning process. It enhances the social skills of every child and it also involves educational influence of games on the physical, mental, emotional, social and moral vitality of a child.
In cooperation with the Department of Education-Division of Tanauan City, reinforced with the energetic manpower from Hands-On Tanauan Youth Organization, FPIP bannered Palarong Pinoy in its Corporate Social Reponsibility via a day of fun and playing of patintero, piko, luksong baka, luksong lubid, luksong tinik, sipa, batuhang bata, habulang sako, kadang-kadang and sundot hipon. This was held on September 22, 2012 in Tanauan City North Central School.
A total of 343 elementary pupils, grades 1 to 3, and 38 teachers participated in the event coming from public elementary schools namely; Laurel Elementary School, Ulango Elementary School, Pantay Bata Elementary School, Pantay Elementary School, Sala Elementary School, Pagaspas Elementary School, Tapia Elementary School, Sambat Elementary School, Trapiche Elementary School and Tanauan North Central School. Their respective school heads and District Supervisor were also present to grace the event and support their players.
Ms. Marieta Perez, of Sambat Elementary School verbally thanked the organizers for the opportunity to play given to her pupils saying ”Nakita ko pong napakasaya ng mga bata, tuwang-tuwa po sila ngayong araw na ito at madami daw po silang naging kaibigan”(I saw my pupils so happy today that they met many new friends). Another child was quoted saying “ganito pala kasarap mag-represent ng school sa palaro. Mag-aaral ako mabuti para makasama ulit” (it is nice to represent our school in competitions. I will study hard to be able to join again next time).
LARONG PINOY is more than a game. It is a great vehicle to instill patriotism, pave the way for family bonding, and a way to enliven neighborhood communities. Larong Pinoy will teach the youth to love our country, to take pride in being Filipinos. The lessons they learn through play will be a part of them for the rest of their lives.
Marco Antonio M. Amurao