Team Building Activity: Tao, Bahay, Bagyo

This localized activity is familiar to Filipinos. Tao, Bahay, Bagyo exactly translates to Person, House, Storm. The title can also have plenty of variations as well.

The original version of this activity is called Exchange Fruit in the Basket. This is considered to be another one of those group oriented activities that you can branch from grouping activities such as “The Boat is Sinking”.

tao bahay bagyo team building activity
Tao, Bahay, Bagyo during Alain Asia/Akromont team building workshop, 2010


Despite having reference to a house, you won’t need materials to do this activity. Certainly not a house. But well, you will need persons. Warm bodies for the activity that is.

Number of participants:

16-61 participants (Ideally done with a number of participants not divisible by 3). If total number of participants is divisible by 3, facilitator will join the activity.


Be able to form a "House" with two other persons.


  1. This activity can succeed as a grouping activity with one small group of three people.
  2. Once the trio have been formed, they decided who would be the 2 people who would form the house or bahay (by holding their hands together), and the person or tao who will be staying in the middle.
    tao bahay bagyo team building activity
    Tao and Bahay
  3. The facilitator then explains that he will chant the lines “Tao, Bahay, BagyoTao, Bahay, Bagyo" so on and so forth. Until such time it stops on a specific word.
  4. If the word is ‘Tao’ the person in the middle runs away from his/her house and finds another pair who are forming a house.
  5. If the word is ‘Bahay’ the two person forming the house will go look for another person to shelter him or her by keeping the person in the middle.
  6. If the word is ‘Bagyo’ then everyone form another group to form the same setup regardless if they were a person or house.

I hope this short guide has helped you bring out the best in your team building activities.

  • The instructions for this activity was recreated by the Learning and Development Division of the Cebu Teambuilding Facilitators Network. Led by Philipp Chen Tan, other members of the division are Kevin Johnrey Sosas, Paulo Frangelyco Magallon, and Marc Julius Rizada.
  • CTFN does not claim ownership of this activity. For a list of references used to recreate activity instructions, please visit our Directory of Activities page.

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