Sungka is a popular game in the Philippines. It involves dropping shells or stones into large holes on a long canoe-shaped board.



This game is called mancala in the US. It is also known as “count and capture” or “sowing game” in English. The latter moniker is because seeds are sometimes used instead of shells or stones. Filipinos ordinarily use cowrie shells.

the board

the playing of the game

Sungka Sungkaan
a fun name for the game
(doubling syllables sounds fun in Tagalog!)

In Indonesia, tsiko seeds are used in this game, which Indonesians call congkak.

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