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Philippine Card Game — Tongits

You may not hear much about the card and board game in the Philippines, but Tongits (also known as Tong-its or Tung-it) is one of those that must be mentioned. Native game originating from Luzon, northern Philippines. Some people say that it was adapted from the 1930s American card game Tonk, and it seems to have some similarities with the Chinese Mahjong. In recent years, with the development of online chess and card games, together with other games such as Pusoy, it has quickly become one of the most popular games in the country.


Tongits is a three-player game, each player will have 12 cards in his hand, the dealer will have 13 cards, and the rest will be put in the middle to draw. When the dealer drops the card, the game officially begins. Players can use 3 or more consecutive cards of the same pattern, or cards of different patterns but with the same number to make a combination. A is equal to 1 point, JQK each represents 10 points, and the rest are counted according to numbers. The purpose of the game is to continuously draw and discard the cards. At the end, the player with all the cards discarded or the player with the least number of points will win the game.


This game does not demand speed, but it does need players’ thinking skills and requires strategies. It is a very interesting game that can be played anytime, anywhere when you turn on your devices. Especially during this epidemic, this kind of online chess and card game is even more popular!



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