When was the last time you had a pabitin in your home? They are easy, economical and a serious favorite among kids! Every Christmas I try to put out several pabitins at the staff party where there are at least a dozen kids present. Earlier in the year, I hit the toy section of Divisoria and load up on all kinds of goodies, price doesnâ€™t really matter, but volume and size does. In a pinch, I can do the same buying in the toy section of Landmark Department Store for just a little more than Divisoria. Then I buy two or three of those disposable pabitin bamboo frames from Shoemart or Landmark and get a whole bunch of colored crepe paper.
To make, just hang the toys/prizes/goodies with thin string (it must break off when pulled), and make sure to hang the prizes at different levels so it is easier for kids of all sizes to grab something. Then add some strips of crepe paper to make the pabitin more colorful and festive and to confuse the kids and make it a little tougher to grab what they want. I then hang the pabitins from large trees in the back yard so the kids get a glimpse of the stuff and their excitement is heightened. When the pabitins are finally lowered, the mad frenzy occurs, and frankly, if the kids are unruly you could get elbowed! I avoid this by only assigning 5-6 kids per pabitin for maximum enjoyment and minimal black eyesâ€¦ Another Filipino party favorite from childhood was the palayok filled with candy. I distinctly remember cracking one at a party and a huge chunk of pottery fell smack on my headâ€¦probably a good reason why this party favorite has really fallen out of favor. On another occasion, I made a piÃ±ata for my daughterâ€™s birthday party but I made the paper mache so strong none of the kids could break through it! Ah well, if only to give you a fleeting moment down childhood memory laneâ€¦