27 February 2009
The underdog is evident as their band collections are wrapped around the top of their palms.
Quezon again. We chanced upon these kids playing a game with goma (rubber bands) on a flat piece of plywood outside their home. It is like the goma version of pick-up sticks! It is interesting to watch children go about a game, not speaking and with ease. The proportions of their paraphernalia are suited to their size, and they show a dexterity that has not the grace of older ladies. There's a video at the bottom that's worth a peek at.
Setting up one bunch, with equal contributions of rubber bands from both parties.
Setting up a second batch so they could go right in after the first round.
After palming the bunch (to make sure the bands are firm into each other for a challenge), they get right on to flicking the bands off.
Whichever bands get separated from the bunch can be kept by the flicker.
The undisputed queen of larong goma.
Such a beautiful and intimidating way to keep the heads you hunt.
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