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Bulong Pari

(Whisper to the Priest)

HISTORY:

Traditional Games in the Philippines are games regularly played by kids, usually
utilizing local materials or instruments. In the Philippines, because of limited assets of
toys of Filipino kids, they more often than not come up on imagining games without the
need of anything other than the players themselves. With the flexibility of a genuine
human to think and act makes the games additionally fascinating and interesting. Since
it is a common for Filipinos to play in a greater and open area, most games are generally
played outside the house. A few amusements are played or held amid town
celebrations.

"Bulong Pari" is a customary Philippine game which implies in English "Whisper It To


The Priest." As the name suggests, it is a whispering game prevalently referred to in the
Visayan district as "Honghonganay".

HOW TO PLAY:

10 to 20 or more players
Outdoors or indoors

The players are divided into two teams with an equal number of players. One player
is chosen to be the priest and two others to be the leaders of teams A and B. The two
teams stand in parallel lines facing each other. The priest stands or sits in front of the
teams at about five meters from the two teams. The leaders of the teams stand at the
head of the line.

The leader of team A goes to the priest and whispers one of the names of the players
of the team B. Then he returns to his place and the priest calls out, "Lapit!"
("Approach!") One of the players of team B approaches him. If it happens to be the
very one whom the leader of team A mentioned, the priest says, "Bung!" He then falls
out of line and stays somewhere near the priest as a prisoner.
If he is not the one who was mentioned, he is allowed to approach. He whispers to
the Priest the name of one of the players of team A.
The game thus continues, and the team which has no player left is the loser.

PENALTY: Each of the players of the losing team carries one player of the winning
team on his back to and fro as many times as agreed.
This game is also known in the Visayan region of the Philippines as "Honghonganay."