Agawang Buko

Nung isang linggo, ginanap ang Family Day sa Grade 2 ng aming paaralan. Higit dalawang buwan na namin itong pinaghandaan kaya naman nakakatuwa na lahat ay nasiyahan sa isang kakaibang family day.

Filipino Outdoor Games ang napagdesisyonang gawing theme. Tuwang tuwa kami ng aking co-teacher na si Teacher Haydee dahil Hunyo pa lamang e ito na ang gusto naming gawing theme. Ang galing na pumayag ang mga magulang na ang family day ay sa putikan, umaraw man o umulan.

Ito ang aming mga nilaro:

  • Karera ng Sako
  • Ipit Abaniko
  • Hilahang Lubid
  • Palo Sebo
  • Agawan Buko

Di ko akalaing isasali pala ako sa larong latumbas ng Rugby ng Europa–ang Agawan Buko. Hindi ko alam na sobrang nakakapagod at napaka-pisikal ng larong iyon. Kaya naman natuwa ako na nasiayahan ang aking mga estudyante at ang kanilang mga magulang nang makita nilang kaya pala makipagsabayan ni T.JM sa mga tatay nila.

Isa sa mga rason kung bakit ito ang aming napiling theme at dahil bihira na lamang makapaglaro sa labas ang mga bata sa mga kadahilanang may basehan at katotohanan.

  • delikado sa labas dahil baka kung ano ang mangyari
  • wala na masyadong lugar na palaruan
  • mas may access na ang mga bata sa internet at computer kung saan maraming mga laro at gawain na hindi na kailangang lumbas pa
  • may mga batang mas sakitin tulad ng pagkakaroon ng allergies at asthma

Sabi nga ni Sue Palmer sa kaniyang librongToxic Childhood wala nang pagkakataong matutunan ng mga bata ang bagay na sa labas lamang ng bahay maaaring matutunan tulad ng pagakyat ng puno na nag-de-develop ng gross motor skills.

Maliban dito, kaya namin nais bigyan ng pagkakataon ang mga bata makapaglaro sa labas ay dahil sa mga Triviang ito.

  • Alam niyo bang mayroong bacteria sa putik na nakakapagpalabas ng endorphins o happy hormones sa ating katawan?
  • Alam niyo bang kapag mas maraming kulay berde na bagay sa palaigid tulad ng halaman at mga puno ay mas maayos ang paglaki ng bata sa emosyonal at intelektuwal na aspeto?

Nakakatuwa ring isipin na may mga batang maselan sa putik kaya buti na lamang napilitan silang maglaro sa putik at damo na makakabuti sa kanila.

Masaya ang naging Family Day. Sana nga lang kasama ko rin ang aking pamilya o kaya’y kasama ang sinisinta o iniirog. Kung sino man siya o kung mayroon man. LOL

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Done with the First Level

I have been training with and applying to become a member of the UP Mountaineers. Known for its discipline and hard-core training, the organization demands focus, determination and dedication from its applicants as well as its members.

It has been such a treat then that I have officially passed the first level of three yesterday. Consisting of a 6.6 Km run in 45 minutes, a pre-climb, level 1 climb and a post climb, I am still in the running to becoming a UPM member.

For my run, I finished 15th out of 32 runners in my group, clocking in at 43:44. I cannot get all the credit though as I was only pushed and motivated by Ms. Elaine–a member of the UPM who I met at the third loop of the run. Although I have been training, it still bordered in mediocrity. I therefore still have lots to work on.

Passing the 6.6 Km run allowed me to climb the first level last Saturday and Sunday at Mt. Balay Kalo in Lipa, Batangas. Main problem for me was the weight of the 50-liter bag I brought to contain 6 Liters of water among other essentials such as sleeping bags and clothes. I admittedly is still a weak mountaineer. I learned a lot from the climb though and has been inspired more than ever to train even more.

I enjoyed the entire trip, even na cuts and briuses, the slides and crawls, the muddy and slippery terrain thanks to my groupmates (Mia, JB, Drew, Kid, Ambo), group leader Mo and assistant group leader Les. Learned about knot-tying, tents and ropesmanship that I have yet to master.

One thing I have to particularly learn though is how to accept clashes of different ideas and perspectives of co-mountaineers without getting so much affected. Homophobia, self-sufficiency VS group cooperation among other things bothered me in a not-so-slight-way. I guess this is one of the things one has to learn as he grows up.

By the end of the day, every bit of Mt. Balay Kalo was appreciated and will be treasured. So much more to learn and experiences to live.

For now I have to prepare for the 10 K run that I need to finish in less than an hour and 15 minutes. Can’t wait 🙂