Sen. Risa Hontiveros tries playing lato-lato
RISA HONTIVEROS – The senator took to the social networking site Facebook, where she posted a video of herself playing lato-lato.
Clackers, also known by various names such as Clankers, Ker-Bangers, and lato-lato in the Philippines, gained popularity in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Initially, they were made from tempered glass spheres, posing a risk of shattering upon impact and potentially causing harm.
However, manufacturers transitioned in the early 1970s and started using plastic spheres suspended on strings instead. When swung forcefully against each other, these plastic spheres would produce a loud clacking sound. Clackers bear a resemblance to the Argentine weapon known as “bolas.”
The toy consists of two solid polymer balls, each approximately 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter. These balls are attached to a finger tab using a sturdy string. By utilizing hand motions to swing the balls up and down, they collide and create a distinct clacking noise. Skilled players can make the balls strike both above and below their hand.
Recently, Senator Risa Hontiveros tried playing lato-lato. In a video she shared on Facebook, it can be seen that Hontiveros attempted to juggle two balls but initially failed. And because she couldn’t juggle the two balls, she jokingly asked, “swerte swerte ba ‘to?”
Hontiveros didn’t give up and continued playing “lato-lato” even though it was already hurting her. Toward the end of the video, Hontiveros finally succeeded in juggling the balls, but it didn’t last long. She admitted that she was bewildered by playing lato-lato. “Tried LATO-LATO for the first time! Nakakaloka pala talaga siya!” she exclaimed.
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