"Hampas-Palayok" (also known as Pukpok Palayok) is a fun game played during Filipino fiestas and traditional parties. The Tagalog words "hampas and pukpok" mean ‘to hit.’ A traditional earthen pot called a "palayok" is filled with goodies (wrapped candies, money coins…) and suspended in the air.
A player is blindfolded and then spun around to disorient her. A stick is put in her hand and she is told to walk in a straight line towards where the pot is hanging and try to hit it.
The crowd shouts out instructions at her. “Go straight, to the left, to the right, stop!” She gets one attempt to hit it hard enough to break. If she doesn’t break the pot, another guest at the party gets his turn. If she breaks it, it’s a free-for-all and everyone in the crowd goes for the goodies.
The player who successfully smashes the palayok is given a prize.
The entire village got to take turns as we played this for hours just cause not many could successfully break the goodie pot a lot of falling, funny faces, misdirected cases, and celebrated almosts were amazing moments shared with the tribe participants.
Playing with them was just an indescribable kind of fun that feels familiar yet is truly new to you.
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