Come to any urban center in the Philippines and it is hard not to notice side streets being used as public playground. The exponential growth of the population as a result of in-migration and unchecked birth rate is guarantee that there will never be enough public recreational facilities for everyone seeking to engage in sports.
Depending on the games being played, street playgrounds can be anywhere from a clear open road to a barricaded one. Badminton has become a popular game of late, probably because it is now being taught in school.
Native games are also on being reintroduced to schoolchildren. I love these games because they are fun and keeping scores is not necessary, unlike sports wherein one team needs to lose for the other team to win.
Unlike sports, an unlimited number of timeouts is permitted anytime during play, especially if it is to take care of an itch. There is no game clock to mind. The game ends when it becomes too dark outside or when mother calls. A full timeout only becomes necessary when a vehicle needs to pass through the playground.
There are no hard and fast rules with these games, and nobody seems to mind. It’s all about having a good time.
On the more serious side is a basketball tournament organized by the local community. The road is closed to traffic from early evening until all the scheduled games have been played.
Overall, I am just glad to see many of the usual activities making a comeback. We haven’t recovered fully yet. There are still people living in makeshift houses and tents, but this is a good sign that things will be better.