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What is Cockfighting


The pastime of cockfighting was depicted in this painting by an Ilonggo artist that I failed to identify.

What is cockfighting?
For the those who have limited understand about the world of cockfighting, they would just summarily say that it is a gambling activity where roosters and men get really involved.

Here is a article from Wikipedia about cockfighting:

A cockfight is a blood sport between two roosters (cocks) or more accurately gamecocks, held in a ring called a cockpit. The first use of the word gamecock, denoting use of the cock as to a “game”, a sport, pastime or entertainment, being in 1646. After the term “cock of the game” used by George Wilson, in the earliest known book on the sport of cockfighting in The Commendation of Cocks and Cock Fighting in 1607.

The combatants, referred to as gamecocks, are specially bred birds, conditioned for increased stamina and strength. The comb and wattle are cut off in order to meet show standards of the American Gamefowl Society and the Old English Game Club and to prevent freezing in colder climates. Cocks possess congenital aggression toward all males of the same species. Cocks are given the best of care until near the age of two years old. They are conditioned, much like professional athletes prior to events or shows. Wagers are often made on the outcome of the match. While not all fights are to the death, the cocks may endure significant physical trauma. In many other areas around the world, cockfighting is still practised as a mainstream event; in some countries it is government controlled.

Cockfighting is considered a blood sport by animal welfare and animal rights activists and others, due in some part to the physical trauma the cocks inflict on each other. Advocates of the sport often list cultural and religious relevance as reasons for perpetuation of cockfighting as a sport.

But here in the Philippines, cockfighting involves so many things. There is the science of breeding and conditioning, the pastime of joining in derbies, and the thrill of gambling. And of course, there is the business side to it where breeders grow fighting cocks and sell them for a good profit.

This is deeply embedded in the Philippine culture and thus, it would be good for us to at least try to understand it. And this website would just like to celebrate the sport and the players in it. May this be a resource that will also make you learn a thing or two.

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Aaron Gonzales and His Breeding History

Bagyo Gonzales with a Cecil Davis-Dink Fair stag

Aaron "Bagyo" Gonzales holding a greenlegged Cecil Davis-Dink Fair stag

During my visit last year to the farm of breeder Aaron “Bagyo” Gonzales, it was no joke when his handler Rex “Butch” Gonzales said that the game farm was in the sky. Or at least very near it.

Butch, who is also Bagyo’s nephew, picked me up at my place in order to drive me to the game farm that bred the winners of the team, Las Altas Mega Ono.

Located at Purok Las Altas, Barangay Alangilan, Bacolod City, going to the Gonzales game farm is literally like going up on a stairway to heaven. The concrete road ends at the barrio proper so the rest of the ride to the game fowl heaven is a bumpy one.

Bagyo shares that he had always been a farmer, planting rice and corn in this same area. A high school graduate, he tilled the soil and used his produce and earnings to support his growing family.

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A Ruble Grey stag at the Gonzales Game Farm--Las Altas Mega Ono

But the now-famous breeder is not new to the game of breeding and cockfighting. When he was a young boy, he used to go with his father Leopoldo whenever the latter would join hack fights (incero) in nearby villages. That was a long time ago and Bagyo has gone a long way from that.

In 1995, Bagyo Gonzales started working for the late Negrense breeder Generoso “Otic” Geroso. It was Otic who inspired, encouraged, and even provided the young Bagyo with materials and knowledge so that the latter can start breeding. Bagyo’s farm then became Otic’s satellite area. And Otic had used a lot of Bagyo’s produce in derbies.

Among Otic’s original lines that are now with Bagyo are the Sweater and Bruce Barnett. He has crossed them with Givens and the Ruble.

Bagyo Gonzales game farm

Aaron shows his pure Given brood cock from Otic Geroso while his two grandsons, Mark Aaron, 5, and Roman, 3, look on.

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The Angry Birds Game: It Is More Fun in the Philippines

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Angry Birds in a cockfighting session. Funny one from hobbyist Fol Rana Jr.

With all the hoopla about the recent development in the Philippine Department of Tourism, I found this humorous but very true depiction of the slogan on Facebook.


The new slogan that they are pushing is “It’s more fun in the Philippines.” And on Facebook, Filipino photography enthusiast and digital artist Fol Rana Jr. made a series of humorous campaigns using different photos as well as the Tourism tagline.

Of course, since I have a cockfighting blog, it caught my attention.

Indeed, this makes real sense for where can you find really angry birds but in a cockpit? Good one Mr. Rana. :-D

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