<P>Sepak Takraw: Exploring Its Asian Roots and Place in Filipino CultureBy By Jefferson Docto Maquiling, Philippines Despite the Philippines declaring a new national sport in 2009, sipa or sepak takraw remains to be Filipinos most favourite tradi- tional native sport. Its the most common street game in the Philippines and the most preferred among other old-style pastimes. Though many Southeast Asian countries argue about its exact origin, they share the same pas- sion for the game. Filipinos consider it not only as leisure but also as a huge part of their culture. The beginning of sipa or sepak takraw remains to be an issue in many Southeast Asian nations. Aside from the Philippines, countries like Thai- land, Malaysia, Brunei, Myanmar, Indonesia, and Laos also claim to be the birthplace of the game. In the Philippines, historians claim to have the sport since the Spanish era. The most common version involves a metal washer cov- ered with cloth. While the second type, the more popular worldwide, makes use of a rattan-woven ball kicked over a net hanged in the middle of a court. In the early 1960s, proponents of the game established a set of playing rules turning sepak takraw into an international game. Then, in 1965, they made it into a medal sport at the Southeast Asian Peninsular Games, now known as South East Asian (SEA) Games. To help regulate the rules of the game, advocates founded the International Sepak Takraw Fed- eration (ISTAF) in 1988, an organisation recog- nised by the Olympic Movement. The federation also launched the ISTAF World Cup in 2011 with 24 countries participating in the event. Sepak takraw is played on a rectangular court that is about the same size and look as a bad- minton court. Its aim is to send the ball to the other side of the net and prevent the ball from coming back. It is also like volleyball, only the players can use their legs, head, or torso in con- trolling the pato or ball. Each team is composed of five players (3 on-court and 2 substitutes). The on-court play- ers comprise of a striker, a server, and a feeder. When handling the ball within each team, they have to follow a three-touch rule. This means they have to send the ball to the other team on or before the third touch. Each match is a best-of-5-sets game, played with more than 15 points, deuce played to 17 points. In 2009, a group of Filipino software develop- ers created a mobile application called Sipa: Street Kick. Inspired by the street-game ver- sion of sipa played in the Philippines, their goal is to revive the game to gadget-obsessed Filipi- no kids and to promote the Filipino culture to the global audience. The game features a fat little kid named Butchukoy, who was urged to play sipa after a playmate declined to lend him his toy robot. Despite the birth of more high-tech games and the Philippines declaring a new national sport in 2009, sipa or sepak takraw remains a popular and favourite game of Filipinos. For them, it is not just a simple street game. It is a legacy, a cultural entity, which will forever be a part of the countrys tradition and history. </p> <UL><LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/760/dwufszmbx/1/1/">Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/760/dwufszmbx/2/2/">Inside-Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/760/dwufszmbx/3/3/">Page-3</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/760/dwufszmbx/4/4/">Page-4</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/760/dwufszmbx/5/5/">Page-5</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/760/dwufszmbx/6/6/">Page-6</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/760/dwufszmbx/7/7/">Page-7</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/760/dwufszmbx/8/8/">Page-8</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/760/dwufszmbx/9/9/">Page-9</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/760/dwufszmbx/10/10/">Page-10</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/760/dwufszmbx/11/11/">Page-11</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/760/dwufszmbx/12/12/">Page-12</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/760/dwufszmbx/13/13/">Page-13</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/760/dwufszmbx/14/14/">Page-14</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/760/dwufszmbx/15/15/">Page-15</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/760/dwufszmbx/16/16/">Page-16</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/760/dwufszmbx/17/17/">Page-17</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/760/dwufszmbx/18/18/">Page-18</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/760/dwufszmbx/19/19/">Page-19</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/760/dwufszmbx/20/20/">Page-20</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/760/dwufszmbx/21/21/">Page-21</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/760/dwufszmbx/22/22/">Page-22</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/760/dwufszmbx/23/23/">Page-23</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/760/dwufszmbx/24/24/">Page-24</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/760/dwufszmbx/25/25/">Page-25</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/760/dwufszmbx/26/26/">Page-26</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/760/dwufszmbx/27/27/">Page-27</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/760/dwufszmbx/28/28/">Page-28</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/760/dwufszmbx/29/29/">Page-29</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/760/dwufszmbx/30/30/">Page-30</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/760/dwufszmbx/31/31/">Page-31</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/760/dwufszmbx/32/32/">Page-32</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/760/dwufszmbx/33/33/">Page-33</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/760/dwufszmbx/34/34/">Page-34</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/760/dwufszmbx/35/35/">Page-35</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/760/dwufszmbx/36/36/">Page-36</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/760/dwufszmbx/37/37/">Page-37</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/760/dwufszmbx/38/38/">Page-38</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/760/dwufszmbx/39/39/">Page-39</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/760/dwufszmbx/40/40/">Back-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publications/760/x/sitemap.xml" target="_blank">site map</a></LI> </UL>

 

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