Memory tidbit: Childhood games

by Augusto M R Gonzalez III (Toto Gonzalez)

We didn’t have all these techie gadgets which keep the children indoors the whole day these days.  At best, we had the standard board and card games from the USA like Monopoly, Clue, Scrabble, Snakes & Ladders, Old Maid, etc..  We even had a Ouija board and enjoyed it immensely until my eldest brother said it was The Bad Guy making the glass move!!!  We played Toilet on Lola Charing’s exquisite English Regency-style “klismos” chairs by Sr JAO with the removable cushions (now museum pieces;  the Catalan Sr O made beautiful furniture for Manila’s richies;  he was married to one of the city’s richest ladies), pretending to poopoo with the corresponding noises during lunch and dinner parties, to the dismay and embarrassment of our parents.  We pretended to be gymnasts at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, aping Roumanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci who scored continuous perfect 10.0s and ruining 3 bed cushions in the process.  But even those were not enough to keep us pesky children inside the house the whole day.  We had the gardens, the streets, and the parks to play in, as well as the jaunts to the country clubs and the hotels.  We played War, throwing fallen fruits like santol, caimito, rambutan, kamias, & duhat as cannonballs across windows and fences.  We played Rape (talk about childhood violence!?) wherein I the Rapist would pull down the dress zippers at the backs of the obliging, giggling girls, “single size” for half of the zipper length and “family size” for the full zipper length (just to show how much, or how little, parental or even “yaya” supervision we had in our preteens…).  And we didn’t even know what real rape was!  Bwahahah!  We played 1973 Miss Universe, aping Margie Moran, Gloria Diaz, and Amparo Munoz, using paper cutout crowns.  Presumably like all children, we played all throughout those summers…

During my childhood days, being techie was all in the mind. Being able to operate the Bose stereo system, the Sony Betamax video player/recorder, and the Sony Walkman was enough to impress the adults and to qualify as a techie.




  1. Doris Kim said,

    August 19, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    And sungka, jackstones, pick up sticks, piko, luksong tinik, etc, etc!

  2. August 19, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Hi!! Blessed day to you! My Great Grand Father was from Biñan Laguna his Last name is Gonzales. Gonzales and Gonzalez surnames are from the same ancestry ?

  3. May 3, 2013 at 10:30 am


    Yes, a great childhood was had by all of us. 🙂


    Toto Gonzalez

  4. May 3, 2013 at 10:29 am


    Thank you for the info. I needed that!


    Toto Gonzalez

  5. Mari Galimba-Hizon said,

    May 2, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    I miss our childhood and the games we used to play. You forgot about the processions we used to do. Happy neighborhood memories!

  6. Myles Garcia said,

    May 2, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Not meaning to nitpick, Toto, but it was the Montreal 1976 Olympic Games wherein Nadia Comenci broke out as an international gymnastic star. Of course, she now lives in Oklahoma as Mrs. Bart Conner.

    Also, you never played ‘patintero’? That was one of my favorite childhood games.

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