Tumbang-Preso is a native game of the Philippines that’s a favorite of Filipino children. The word tumba means “to fall” and preso means “prisoner.”

To play tumbang-preso, you’ll need an empty lata (can) to serve as the center of the game and tsinelas (slippers or flip-flops) to hit the can with. Five to ten children play with one chosen to be taya (“it”).

The object of the game is to make the can fall to its side and retrieve the thrown slipper before the “it” stands the can back up.