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The Victories and Gamecocks of Narwin Javelosa in Bacolod City

Narwin Javelosa

Narwin Javelosa with his derby trophies

Narwin Javelosa has made a name for himself in the derby circuit because of his winnings. The two championship trophies that he got in the 2010 stag derbies are just some of the recent additions to his collection of awards.

Related story: The Gamefowl Beginnings of Negros Breeder Narwin Javelosa

Pure Tapi game fowl

A pure Tapi game fowl

Through the years, Narwin has gathered so many trophies from his various derby wins all over the country. Some of them are from stag or cock derbies, namely the championship of the 1994 Cavite International 7-Cock Derby, a runner-up honor in the 1997 Annual Candelaria Cock Derby, and two other championship trophies for the 5-Cock and 4-Cock Candelaria Derbies.

In 1998, he also won solo championship in the P3.5 million 6-Cock Derby in Talisay, Cebu. He then went on to win the 14th Chinese New Year 5-Cock Derby in Dumaguete City in 2006. He also has many other winnings in small derbies here and there. Narwin believes that these winnings are proofs of their effective breeding and good teamwork among his handlers and gaffers.

a Dink Fair over Sweater stag

A Dink Fair over Sweater stag at the Javelosa gamefarm in Murcia, Negros Occidental.

Since he became famous for his winnings, selling game fowls became a good business venture for Narwin. He further expanded his network by becoming a member of the different breeder organizations in Negros Occidental, such as the GF-BAN, the NGBA, the NSSA, Rambolan, and also Bakbakan, the national stag derby.

A Ruble Grey over butcher Roundhead

A Ruble Grey over Butcher Roundhead

Narwin Javelosa may be reached in Bacolod City at 0920-9521006 for orders and inquiries.

Sweater stag

A Sweater stag

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The Game Farm of Bagyo Gonzales

conditioning area

Conditioning area

Last year, I went to Brgy. Alangilan, which is about 20 minutes from downtown Bacolod City, in order to visit the game farm of Bagyo Gonzales. But the trip doesn’t end there as from the barrio proper, it takes about another 15 minutes of edge-of-your-seat drive to where the Gonzales home and game farm are located. But being co-champion with 8.5 points in the 2010 NGBA 9-Stag derby held in October, Bagyo’s farm naturally deserved my visit.

After a long, bumpy drive on a narrow road with tall grasses and tree branches flapping on the windshield and sometimes on my face, I was surprised to see a clearing at the end of the road. Then I was refreshed to see a nice homey, bungalow house and a carport. You would not expect such a suburban sight in what seems to be the middle of nowhere on top of a mountain.

But being holed way up high in the mountain has its advantages, Butch Gonzales (Bagyo’s nephew and handler) reveals. Since they are so far away from the residential areas, they have not encountered problems related to game fowl theft. And if ever someone will try to break in the property, then he or she will be easily caught because of the difficult roads.

Though you will pass by a forest that looks like the one featured in the TV show Lost, Bagyo’s game farm is expansive, tidy, and dotted with corded stags and cocks everywhere. The more than 3-hectare rolling terrain was strategically divided for the breeding area, the range, several cord areas, and the conditioning area. At the end of a long walk down a hill is a sparring area. The soft spoken Bagyo, 56, roams up and down and around the farm everyday to check on the condition of his birds. And that also serves as his exercise.

breeding pens

The breeding pens

The farm is planted with trees all around. It also has a lot of bamboo plants all over, which Bagyo says, were the ones he had planted when he was still single. The bamboo is very useful because its wood is used to make teepees, cages, and other necessary wooden fixtures in the farm. This is one way that they keep the farm sustainable, the breeder reveals.

 

Despite producing more than 1000 birds per breeding season, there are only five people working in the farm, including Bagyo himself. His handler/gaffer, Butch, takes care of the selection, conditioning, and even gaffing. However, Butch is not exclusive to his uncle. He also accepts conditioning jobs for other breeders. And for the last 15 years now, Bagyo’s farm and entries are being financed by Manila businessman Emil Tiu, whom Bagyo met through Otic.

If the cards are right, Bagyo is thinking of expanding their production. That means that they will have to add to their seventeen (17) units of 30 feet x 20 feet breeding pens. They are just thankful that their water supply is free flowing in the farm and that they have a lot of available materials that they can use to minimize costs and keep the farm operations afloat.

Bagyo’s farm is now registered with the NGBA, GF-BAN, Rambolan 1 and Rambolan 2. But so far, the 2010 NGBA Stag Derby was their most memorable fight. Although they do win championships or get good scores in 4-Cock or 5-Cock derbies, this was the first time that they championed a big-time stag derby. Because of this feat, they are more confident to join more stag derbies this year, including the Bakbakan.

Lacy Roundhead stag

A Lacy Roundhead stag

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Nestor Espinel–Building Fighting Cocks

Nestor Espinel

Nestor Espinel at his spar pit.

Bacolod-based breeder Nestor Leonida Espinel, 47, had always been a hardworking man. While finishing his management course from the West Negros College (now a University), he was a working student in order to support himself and his studies.

After college, he worked as Chief Security at the Riverside Hospital from 1983 to 1989, and since then he got into bodybuilding and eventually became a Progressive Resistance Training (PRT) Instructor in the same institution.

But aside from his regular job, Nestor was also a part-time karate instructor and on weekends, he was a gaffer to many clients on the pit. Sometimes, he would also accept conditioning jobs from some breeders.

All these things he did, not wasting a moment and life had been good to him.

Nestor and His Game Farm
Eventually, the beckoning of the breeding industry became too loud to bear that Nestor gave in and followed the call. He left his full-time job to concentrate on his breeding in 1995 and since then, he has never regretted that life-changing decision. His body building principles have been shifted in the body building of game fowls.

For someone who had been in love with game birds ever since he was a preschooler, going into commercial breeding was a dream come true. He first occupied a small space in the farm of his friend Jessie Divinagracia in Mambukal, Murcia with materials from another friend, Leo Dano. His bloodlines were primarily of the Blue Face Hatch lineage from the late premier breeder, Emmanuel “Mame” Lacson.

Nestor admits that his breeding then was pretty much the result of a lot trials and corresponding errors. But he persisted in his experiments and eventually established his own system, proving first hand the things that work and those that don’t. He admits that even being a gaffer, he was self taught.

In 2000, Nestor was blessed to be able to acquire new materials. From known Negros breeder Joe Laureño, Nestor got some Dink Fair, Hatchett, Cowan Roundhead, and Sweater breeding stock.

Because of his expansion, the place in Mambucal became too crowded already. So Nestor moved his breeding to a one-hectare lot in Bendito, Brgy. Alangilan, Bacolod City in 2005. Aside from the move, the year 2005 was a big year because during this time he got married to his supportive wife Ritchel with whom he now has two daughters, Althea Nichelle and Athena Nicolette.

Two years later, Nestor again moved to a four-hectare leased property in Cabutungan, also in Alangilan. At present, he is producing around 700 heads per season of his signature breeds—the Dink Fair and the Blueface Hatch. These are sold to buyers that mostly come from Cebu and Manila.

Given ample finances, Nestor plans to grow his farm to produce 1000 heads per season and to sell more breeding materials.

trophies

Nestor poses with his farm hands and some of their trophies

Memorable Derby Victories
Nestor admits that his main reason for venturing into breeding is for business. He has proven that the breeding of game fowls, with the proper management, can be a profitable source of livelihood.

But breeding is the kind of business that requires one to join associations and their subsequent derbies. Nestor is a member of the NGBA, GF-BAN, Bakbakan, and NSSA where he meets new friends and clients.

And since he joins in derbies, even for the purpose of marketing, he is given the chance to fight and prove that his game birds are of the superior kind. In 2007 and 2008, he was co-champion in the GF-BAN 8-Stag Derby. As if the two championships are not enough, he was also hailed as GF-BAN Breeder of the Year in 2008 after earning 13 straight wins in the 8-stag derby and the 5-stag clean up derby. It was also in the same year that his entry was the only one that qualified for the Bakbakan finals in Manila, earning 8.5 points in the 10-stag event.

nestor espinel family

Nestor with the three women in his life–wife Ritchel and two daughters, Althea and Athena.

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