The craze goes on: 'Lato-lato' clacks as journalist reports live on Mayon | Inquirer News

The craze goes on: ‘Lato-lato’ clacks as journalist reports live on Mayon

/ 11:58 AM June 16, 2023

‘Lato-lato’ – latest Filipino craze

MANILA, Philippines – ‘Lato-lato,’ a toy consisting of two plastic balls connected by a string, has piqued the interest of Filipinos of all ages.

Throughout the day, and sometimes even at night, many people usually hear the pitchy and intense sound of the toy in the streets or within one’s household.


The situation is no different in the field of media as the sound of lato-lato seemed to have chimed in on a journalist’s live report.


“[I] was doing a live report yesterday regarding the Mayon’s possible eruption when kids nearby played with their lato-lato. [It] can be heard in the background,” reporter Neil Mercado quipped on Friday.

Mercado, who was reporting about the restiveness of Mayon in Albay, viewed the lato-lato interruption as a temporary breather.

Meanwhile, his viewers also tagged the incident as humorous.

Twitter user Christian Capuyan said, “Nakakaloka, lato-lato everywhere!” (It’s amusing! Lato-lato everywhere!) while quoting Mercado’s report.

Although many find it amusing, some get irked when they hear the clacking sound of the toy.

With one quick Twitter search, a viral meme pops out about a user jokingly complaining about the distinct noise it produces at night.

There are also other complaints that use a different meme format.

It’s uncertain whether or or lato-lato will last and if it will stand the test of time.

But one thing’s for sure.

This toy is currently sweeping the hearts of many Filipinos.

‘Lato-lato’: What is it and why is it trending now?

TAGS: Games

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