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Heck, you can even create your own toys by using what was already available around you. Necessity, after all, is the mother of invention. Here are a few unforgettable toys and games that will make every true Pinoy extremely nostalgic: Slingshot is one of the oldest toys in the world, dating as far back as ancient times when it was used both as a weapon and hunting tool. A sungka board has seven cups for each of the two players six cups will hold the cowrie shells (stones or fruit seeds can also be used), while the seventh cup will serve as the player s home base. The goal is to distribute the shells in a counterclockwise fashion, with the player who gathers the most number of shells in his or her home base declared as the winner. Another popular toy that traces its roots to ancient civilizations, the marbles come in different sizes and are usually made of glass with melted pigments. Different variations of the game exist, the most popular of which require a player to flick a marble and hit a group of marble inside a circle.

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Those that went outside the circle automatically become part of the winning player s collection. Regular saranggola is usually made of barbeque sticks and plastic bags, with the Manila hemp twine serving as its tail. Saranggola is also known by its other names like boka-boka (smaller and usually made of paper), guryon, tsapi-tsapi, and portagis. The sharperners-cum-action figures paid tribute to the career highs of such influential basketball athletes such as Benjie Paras (not in the picture),  Jerry Codiñera (green),  Chito Loyzaga (red), and Alvin Patrimonio (blue). This set of vintage toys also evokes memories of MILO caravan, during which the popular brand visited our respective schools and treated us with a glass of delicious chocolate energy drink.

It is similar to the American top, but much smaller. Although you could buy ready-made tops, most kids back then preferred to have an improvised trumpo, usually carved from hardwood or guava branches. The typical trumpo has an iron-nail pivot and is wrapped with nylon lines attached to a stopper held between the player s fingers. It also comes in various shapes and designs from the wooden Ifugao top with a groove at its waist, its pivot the extension of its body to the Maranao version in Mindanao that has silver or copper bands incised with decorations. Trumpo is ideally played by two or more people.

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Kids would often throw their tops on a flat surface and let them spin and outperform each other. The player with the last trumpo standing becomes the winner. Dragon Ball Z (left) and Ghost Fighter (right) anime collectible cards of the 95s. Source: fiel-kun.

Blogspot. Printed on cardboard, the teks usually depicted TV shows or movies that were popular at the time they were released (for 95s kids, think Mari Mar, Sailor Moon, Ghost Fighter, Dragon Ball Z, BT X, and Zenki among others. Before or after the game, players would usually count their respective cards while uttering  “I-sa! Dala-wa! , Tat-lo!

A-pat! Li-ma! ”  and so forth. Photo Credit: Pinoy Kollektor.

Unknown to most younger generations, however, the Pinoy teks already existed as early as the 6985s. Pogs is the circular version of teks.

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