As a kid growing up I was never the athletic type in fact when I was in kinder 2 I was hospitalized for almost a month because of frequent asthma attacks… I was a kid in the 80’s and in this era we do a lot of running and more physical play unlike today, kids are into PSP’s, PS, Nintendo and Online games. Gone are the days for the Siatong (a stick game), Luthang (using a bamboo and a wet water for ammunition), Bala Tansan (a wooden form of gun which uses a bottle cap for bullets which by the way evolved into Air soft..hehehe) and my favorite game the Takyan ( uses a straw for its feathers and a circle thingy for it’s base which is more like a replica of a shuttle cock). I went to school in an all boys institution and a student who doesn’t know how to play takyan is more likely labeled as a weakling or a boy who rather plays Barbie dolls and collects stationery (do I have to elaborate more?). So I was desperate and needed a mentor… And then Noy Insiong came… Noy Insiong was a 70 year old guy who prefers to walk rather than riding a jeepney. He was our gardener and he would walk kilometers just to be in our house. It was my first time to see a 70 year old guy doing a takyan for 100 times without missing. He taught me some tricks and told me to focus more on the takyan… (its kinda funny reminiscing this one..) And so takyan got me into sepatakraw.
Sepatakraw is a sport using a wooden ball with some similarity to badminton’s mechanics only you use your head (literally) and every part of your legs. It’s a very competitive sport which it’s glitters slowly fading away. Maybe it’s just not that in for this basketball world country… or kids lost interest since they rather play DOTA…Noy Insiong stop doing our garden since fire broke out in our house last 1997.. And until now I never heard single news of him… Just makes me wonder… What ever happened to Sepatakraw and Noy Insiong?