Here are 12 Funny Filipino (Pinoy) Party Games for Kids and Adults

Party (Celebration) Games are indoor and outdoor games that Pinoy (Filipino) kids and adults play at social gatherings such as Birthday Party, Christmas Party, Festivals, Dinner Party, Ceremonies, and Festivity.

Party Games make the celebration lively because they promote interaction among attendees, develop friendships, and make the children and adults happy. Parties will never be complete without playing party games as it also makes the occasion memorable for the attendees.

There are party games that can be played indoors also known as Parlor Games, while there are also games that require a big open area.

The materials used in Party Games include newspapers, balloons, smartphones, rice sacks, plastic cups, chairs, small fruits, and food. The average duration for playing party games is between 1 minute to 20 minutes per game.

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The funny party games that Pinoys (Filipinos) play at party celebrations are Bring Me, Pinoy Henyo, Musical Chairs, Newspaper Dance, Basagang Palayok, Longest Happy Birthday Greeting Game, Bugtungan, Pass the Action, Pabitin, Stop Dance, Calamansi Fruit Relay, and Balloon Pop Relay Race.

Below are the details of each game.

1. Bring Me!

Bring Me is a very popular pinoy party game during Birthday and Christmas parties due to the simplicity of its rules.

A lot of people, individuals, or a group can participate in this game. You can also do the “Bring Me” game online via Zoom or video calls. Especially during online corporate parties.

The rules for Bring Me are there is one person who will be the game master and there are 5 or more players. The game master will request the players to “Bring Me” the name of things he/she requested. The participant who can bring the things requested will be the winner of that round. You can play this game for up to 5 rounds or more.

Bring Me can be played indoors and outdoors. The types of equipment used for Bring ME are a microphone and loudspeaker. Kids and Adults can participate in Bring Me. The duration for playing Bring Me is between 10 minutes to 20 minutes.

The video below shows how Bring Me is played at the actual party.

2. Pinoy Henyo

Pinoy Henyo is a word-guessing game that will always be one of the games played at parties.

This is played by a team of 2 persons which is composed of 1 guesser and 1 responder. To play the game, the game master will select a random Pinoy Henyo Word. He/she can either write it on a piece of paper and afterward place it on the forehead of the guesser. The latter can guess the word by asking questions pertaining to categories such as person, animals, parts of the house, and basically anything under the sun hahaha.

The responder will help the guesser know the correct word by answering “Oo, Hindi, or Pwede.” There is an allotted 2-minute limit per round. But the fastest team that guessed the word is the winner.

Pinoy Henyo can be played online, indoors, and outdoors. The equipment and materials used for this game are a smartphone, a pencil, and a small sheet of paper. Kids and Adults can play Pinoy Henyo. The duration for playing Pinoy Henyo is between 6 minutes to 10 minutes.

The video below shows how Pinoy Henyo is played by a team of 2 persons.

3. Musical Chairs (Trip to Jerusalem)

Musical Chairs also known as “Trip to Jerusalem” is a dance game that will always be played at every party for kids and single adults.

The rules for Trip to Jerusalem are you need chairs of roughly 5 to 8 pieces and players that are slightly higher than the number of chairs. For example, if the chairs are 8 then the players should be 9.

To play this game, there must be a game master that can turn on / off the music. There should also be an assistant who can Arrange, remove, and re-arrange the chairs after each round.

The participants have to dance and move around the sets of chairs. When the music stops the players should make sure to have a chair to sit on. The player that is unseated is eliminated. Every time each round ends the chair is reduced by one. The cycle continues until there is one winner.

Trip to Jerusalem can be played indoors and outdoors. The materials used for the Trip to Jerusalem game are chairs and a music player. Kids and Adults can participate in the Trip to Jerusalem. The duration for playing Trip to Jerusalem is between 10 minutes to 20 minutes.

The video below shows how Trip to Jerusalem is played by more than 10 people.

4. Newspaper Dance

Newspaper Dance is a Pinoy game played by multiple pairs of contestants at parties.

This game needs a game master that can turn ON or OFF the music, and numerous assistants that will check if the participants fold their papers properly and follow the rules.

The paper dance rules are easy to follow. The two-person participants need to dance around the sheet of paper. When the music stops, the players should be inside the perimeter of the paper. The team who are still outside when the music stops is eliminated. After each round, the paper is folded in half and reduced in size. Then the cycle continues. The last pair that remains in the game despite the decreasing paper size, wins.

Paper Dance can be played indoors and outdoors. The materials and equipment used for Paper Dance are newspapers and a music player. Kids and Adults can play Paper Dance. The duration for playing Paper Dance is between 8 minutes to 15 minutes.

The video below shows how the Paper Dance is played by 6 teams of 2 people.

5. Basagang Palayok

Basagang Palayok is a classic Filipino party game played on the streets during Christmas, festivals (fiesta), and birthday parties.

You need a budget for this because you have to purchase numerous palayok (clay pots), the contents/prize, and a stick or maybe a 2×2 lumber as props.

Basagang palayok is played individually. There should be two or more assistants to assist the player and also to protect the audience from accidentally getting hit by the player.

The game mechanics for Basagang Palayok are quite unique. The player is blindfolded while locating the position of the hanging clay pot. However, there is a twist. The assistant will place the player in the designated location, and spin the player roughly 3 times or even more before he/she can start to locate and hit the pot with the stick.

When the player luckily hits the Palayok (clay pot) and gets shattered. Both players and the audience can collect its contents scattered on the floor. Oftentimes, it contains candies, coins, and packets of cheese curls.

Basagang Palayok can be played outdoors. The materials used for Basagang Palayok are Palayok (Clay Pot), rattan stick, and handkerchief. Kids and Adults can play Basagang Palayok. The duration for playing Basagang Palayok is between 10 minutes to 15 minutes.

The video below shows kids playing the Basagang Palayok.

6. Longest Happy Birthday Greeting Game

The “Longest Happy Birthday Greeting Game” is one of the simplest party games that Filipinos play during birthday parties. It also has the simplest rules and needs only one material, which is the timer.

The participants range from young children (who are able to speak a word), and adults. Of course, the participants should be categorized properly based on age. The minimum number of participants for this game is 2.

As I said earlier the mechanics are easy to understand, the player needs only to greet the birthday celebrant with the word “Happy Birthday” the longest possible they can without faltering. Whoever participant was able to say the “Happy Birthday” word the longest wins.

The Longest Happy Birthday Greeting Game can be played indoors and outdoors. The types of equipment used for this game are a timer and a microphone. Kids and Adults can play this game. The duration for playing the Longest Happy Birthday Greeting Game is between 5 minutes to 15 minutes.

The video below shows how the Longest Happy Birthday Greeting game is played by 5 contestants.

7. Bugtungan

Bugtungan refers to a game about exchanging and answering different types of Bugtong. This game can be played during children’s parties where the participants are aged 10 years and younger.

The rules for Bugtungan are there will be a game master and 5 or more participants. The game master will recite a Bugtong, and whoever among the participants will give the correct answer the fastest will become the winner.

Bugtungan can be played indoors and outdoors. The equipment used for this game is a microphone. Kids and Adults can play Bugtungan. The duration for playing Bugtungan is between 7 minutes to 12 minutes.

The video below shows how Bugtungan is played by the participants.

8. Pass the Action (Pass the Movement)

Pass the Action is a simple Filipino party game that can be played by 10 or more people. The main objective of “Pass the Action” is for players to be able to “pass the action” accurately to the last person participating in the game. This is by relaying the action to the player immediately next to them until it reaches the last person in the game.

The rule is there will be a leader and 10 or more people (eyes closed, or blindfolded) lined up at arm’s length behind the leader. The leader will then show the person next in line the series of Actions (Movements). The latter will then repeat the actions to the next person. The process continues up to the last person in the game. The last person will then demonstrate the movement to the participants to determine if they were able to relay the correct action.

This game can be played in 2 to 3 groups. The team who were able to relay the accurate Action wins the game.

Pass the Action can be played indoors and outdoors. The equipment used for Pass the Action is a microphone. Kids and Adults can play Pass the Action. The duration for playing Pass the Action is between 8 minutes to 13 minutes.

The video below shows how Pass the Action is played by more than 10 people.

9. Pabitin

Pabitin is a classic Filipino party game that is often played at birthday parties for children. Pabitin refers to goodies such as candies, mini toys, bags of coins, and gifts that are loosely tied to a bamboo frame hanging in the air with the use of string.

The bamboo frame is raised and lowered using the string to allow children to reach for the goodies they want. The bamboo frame keeps going up and down until the kids grab all the goodies.

Pabitin can be played indoors and outdoors. The types of equipment used for Pabitin are a bamboo frame, a string, and goodies. Only kids can participate in Pabitin. The duration for playing Pabitin is between 3 minutes to 6 minutes.

The video below shows how the Pabitin is played by kids.

10. Stop Dance (Dance Freeze)

Stop Dance (Dance Freeze) is a party game that is played by adults and kids during parties.

The rules for Stop Dance are simple, all the contestants will keep on dancing as the music is playing. And when the music stops, all the contestants should also stop immediately.

They will have to maintain their position until the music resumes. If they move, while the music is turned OFF, they will be eliminated in the game. The last contestant who remains in the game at the end is the winner.

Stop Dance can be played indoors and outdoors. The equipment used for Stop Dance is a music player. Kids and Adults can participate in Stop Dance. The duration for playing Stop Dance (Dance Freeze) is between 10 minutes to 15 minutes.

The video below shows how Stop Dance is played by 11 people.

11. Calamansi Fruit Relay

Calamansi Fruit Relay is a classic pinoy party game where the players use a spoon in their mouth to carry and transfer the calamansi fruit to the next player in the team. The team that finishes the fastest wins the game.

The game rules of Calamansi Fruit Relay are there shall be 2 to 3 competing teams composed of 5 or more members. The members of the team will form a straight line. Each team will be given 1 calamansi fruit, and each team member will be given 1 plastic tablespoon.

The game starts when the first player of the team puts the calamansi fruit on their spoon. Afterward, they must walk past an obstacle that is 8 feet to 10 feet away before they can transfer the calamansi fruit to the player next in line. If the calamansi falls on the ground along the way, the current player must start from the beginning. The team that finishes first wins.

Calamansi Fruit Relay can be played indoors and outdoors. The materials used for Calamansi Fruit Relay are calamansi fruits, tablespoons, and chairs. Kids and Adults can play Calamansi Fruit Relay. The duration for playing Calamansi Fruit Relay is between 5 minutes to 8 minutes.

The video below shows a group of people playing the Calamansi Fruit Relay.

12. Balloon Pop Relay

Balloon Popping Relay is a Pinoy Party Game where players run as they carry an inflated balloon to a chair to pop it by sitting on it. The first team to pop all their balloons wins the game.

The game rules of Balloon Pop Relay are there shall be 2 or more competing teams composed of 6 or more members. The members of the team will form a straight line. Each team member has an inflated balloon.

The game starts when the first player of the team runs towards the chair that is 10 feet to 15 feet away. They must put the balloon on the chair and burst it by sitting on it. Afterward, they must run back to the line and tap the hand of the player next in line as a sign that it’s their turn to burst theirs.

Balloon Popping Relay can be played indoors and outdoors. The materials and types of equipment used for the Balloon Popping Relay are balloons, air inflators, and chairs. Kids and Adults can participate in Balloon Popping Relay. The duration for playing Balloon Popping Relay is between 1 minute to 3 minutes.

The video below shows Overseas Filipino Workers in Dubai playing the Balloon Popping Relay

When should you play Party Games at Parties?

You should play party games at parties when there are 10 or more people who will attend the occasion. Doing so will promote social interaction among the attendees which will make the event lively.

You also have to consider the demographics of the attendees before you play the party games. For sure kids are eager to participate in the games, while adults would probably choose to just talk with each other or the likes over a cup of coffee or drinks.

If the attendees are mostly single/high school friends then there is a high chance they will join the games. Because somehow they missed each other. Just like the old times, kidding here and there. If you know what I mean.

Should Overseas Filipino Workers play Party games abroad?

Yes, Overseas Filipino Workers should play party games abroad to socialize, make friends, and build networks with fellow OFWs. Playing party games will also help OFWs to spend time with friends abroad and relax after tedious work in the office.

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