To counteract the hot summer winds, I held and waved the pamaypay made from the leaves of anahaw, a native palm species. The pamaypay has proved to be a sustainable alternative to electric fans and air conditioners. The waving motion required to generate ventilation can also burn the user's extra calories.
|The reliable pamaypay: IT'S MORE FAN IN THE PHILIPPINES (with pun intended)|
|Rolled banig in front of our door|
|The banig on the floor|
|A portion of the unrolled banig|
I remember children play the trumpo by wrapping the cord tightly from the tip up to half the head. They have varying techniques in throwing such that the trumpo spins seamlessly on the ground.
|A hand-painted trumpo with cord|
The trumpo was so popular, a television gag-show was named after it: Tropang Trumpo.
I am still struggling in learning how to play this timeless toy, however.
The handcrafted pamaypay, banig, and trumpo are some things that have and continue to evoke feelings of summer within me.