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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Agawan Base, One of my Favorite Traditional Game in 80's

Agawan base is another traditional games in Philippines that is so popular from the past 2-3 decades. In our old school in Elementary, these game is one of our favorite, especially the boys. We are playing this game starting Grade1 up to Grade 6 during break time and after class.

The mechanics is easy and better if you are many players for each teams. There are two teams assigned for each base. The base we used before is a flat stone, this stone is approximately five to ten inches in diameter and we typically placed at the bottom of tree's trunk or side of a wall. The distance between two bases is good for about thirty to fifty meters for better allowance and mobilization. The goal of each team is to tag the other team's base using their feet, then shouting "base!!!". It is usual practice to guard your base by one to two person while other players of your team are running to tagged opponent players or their base. The technique in this game is to attract opponent players to run for you and attempt to tag you while you are trying to make close in their base for a possible tag, same idea with other member of your team so your opponent base will be left less guarded and an opportunity for your team to make a tag. Take note that the penalty of being tagged is you will become prisoner of the other team. Increasing your prisoners is a technique also to minimize the guard of your opponents base, but on the other side it will become disadvantage because all prisoners will link each other using their hand or feet connected to make short distance from your base waiting for rescue from their team.
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Agawan Base, Prisoners are being rescued by their teammates
The decision which one wins will be based on the score of tagged for each others base. Sometimes there is a possibility that both teams has no score because time is short or due to a better defense for each base against the tagger. Typically we played this game minimum of thirty minutes to one hour with five to ten players for each team until every one are tired enough to run.

The video below is played in school with another variation wherein every tagged for each player will be counted as score.

The following video is played by small kids in street same in my old days 3 decades before.

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Visayan Spotted Deer

The Visayan Spotted Deer (Cervus alfredi), also known as Philippine Spotted Deer, is categorized as endangered species of deer by IUCN. This kind of deer is nocturnal and can be found mostly in the rain forest of the Visayan Islands of Panay and Negros. The deer is vegetarian feeding on grasses, leaves, and buds. The decreased of its population in Visayan Islands is attributed to hunting and forest degradation

The Visayan Spotted Deer is a small, short legged species of deer, for adults size range from 125 to 130 cm long , 70 to 80cm height and weighing 25 to 80 kg. They have beige spots on their brown fur, more deep brown on back and sides compare to the neck. Males are larger than females and have short, thick, bumpy antlers. They breed from November to December, gestation period is about 240 days and weaning period is about six months.

At present, this endangered species of deer are found in protected habitats of Mt. Canlaon National Park, North Negros Forest Reserve, Mount Talinis/Lake Balinsasayao Reserve and West Panay Mountains. Some conservation program was also held locally and  in Europian Zoos such as NFEFI (Negros Forests and Ecological Foundation Inc.) and CENTROP (Center for Tropical Studies), and successfully breeds this species of deer in captive.

Later on April 18, 2009, a group of Filipinos, British and Irishman discovered an estimated of 300 Visayan Spotted Deer in North Negros National Park.

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captive breeding of Philippine spotted deer in NFEFI
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young Philippine spotted deer eating fesh leaves
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First Philippine Spotted Deer born in captive breeding in NFEFI
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close-up shot of young male Philippine spotted deer in NFEFI
female Phiippine Spotted Deer
female Philippine spotted deer on captive
full-grown male Philippine spotted deer eating leaves
Philippine spotted deer
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female Philippine spotted deer on captive
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group of Philippine spotted deer eating their meals

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Other sculptures of Napoleon Abueva

See other sculptures of Napoleon Abueva using different mediums and subjects.

Bibingka Vendor, 2001 by Napoleon Abueva
Boat, 2001 by Napoleon Abueva

Abstract Tower, 2001 by Napoleon Abueva
Carabao Group, 2001 by Napoleon Abueva
Palm Sunday, 2001 by Napoleon Abueva
Bridge of Love, 2001by Napoleon Abueva
Mother and Child, 2001 by Napoleon Abueva
Mating Turtles, 2001 by Napoleon Abueva
Lovers,  2001 by Napoleon Abueva
Childbirth, 2001 by Napoleon Abueva

Three Dancers, 2001 by Napoleon Abueva
Carabao, 2001 by Napoleon Abueva
Abstract Relief, 2001 by Napoleon Abueva
Guitar Match, 2001 by Napoleon Abueva
Abstract Relief 2, 2001 by Napoleon Abueva
Family of Carabaos by Napoleon Abueva
ABUEVA - Architecture- Stewardship by Design
Abueva Sculpture
Sanggol, 30 x 30 cm (12in x 12in), Carved Wood, 2007 by Napoleon Abueva

Mother and Child by Napoleon Abueva
Ifugao Dancers by Napoleon Abueva
Familly by Napoleon Abueva
Stainless Sculpture by Napoleon Abueva
Curves on Wood  by National Artist Napoleon Abueva
tirador tiririt, slingshot sculpture by National Artist Napoleon Abueva
Chair for a Sublime Drinker, functional sculpture
of Napoleon Abueva at Power Plant Mall
Fruit Tray,  functional sculpture of Napoleon Abueva at Power Plant Mall
Letter Racks,  functional sculpture of Napoleon Abueva at Power Plant Mall
Security Checks, functional sculpture at Power Plant Mall
Gawad Haydee Yorac trophy designed by Napoleon Abueva

Gawad Plaridel trophy design by Napoleon Abueva
The Perpetual Trophy of the Presidents Cup by Napoleon Abueva
Marble Bird by Napoleon Abueva
Art Petron Trophy by Napoleon Abueva
Nine Muses, 1994 by Napoleon Abueva
sculpture of Napoleon Abueva
The Ring , Malagos Garden by Napoleon Abueva
Head of Miss Li at Malagos Garden
Abueva's Artworks at Malagos Garden Resort
Abuevas Artworks at Malagos Garden Resort
Abueva Artworks in Malagos Garden Resort
Abueva Artworks in Malagos Garden Resort
Abueva Artworks in Malagos Garden Resort
Abueva Artworks in Malagos Garden Resort
Abueva Artworks in Malagos Garden Resort
Abueva Artworks in Malagos Garden Resort
Abueva Artworks in Malagos Garden Resort
Abueva Artworks in Malagos Garden Resort
Abueva Artworks in Malagos Garden Resort

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