JAKARTA, Indonesia (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – “Planting rice is never fun, bent from morn till the set of sun…”
These are lyrics from a Filipino folk song about rice farming, an industry that is shared by many countries in Asia, especially where rice is a major staple.
While modern farming technology is now being used in some rice-producing countries, manual rice planting is still the norm in the Philippines and elsewhere in Asia. It has, in fact become a synchronized sport, as seen in this video.
When the 2018 Asian Games are staged in Jakarta, Indonesia, a new sports competition will make its debut: synchronized rice planting. Expect to see the best of the best from the Philippines, China, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia.
The Philippines’ team is going for the gold medal in this new sport, complete with original Pilipino music (OPM).
The next Asian Games were supposed to be held in Hanoi, Vietnam, but the country withdrew its winning bid to host because of economic problems. Indonesia then stepped up and won the privilege to host in the city of Jakarta.