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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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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.

ruble grey

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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Breeding Tips from Nestor Espinel

breeding pen

Inside a breeding pen at the farm of Nestor Espinel.

Success comes to those who work hard…and work smart.

Nestor Espinel of Bacolod City is pretty much a hands-on game fowl breeder who doesn’t have a farm manager. He goes to his farm everyday not just to check here and there but to work. He sometimes even personally transports the feeds.

While he does have hired hands already, Nestor still keeps a rigid control over his farm. When derby time comes, he handles conditioning and the final preparations for the fight. He also installs the knives on his entries.

Pure blue face hatch

A green legged pure blue face hatch.

This successful breeder has worked hard for what he has that is why he is keeping a tight rein on what he has already achieved. He does not waste his resources, which is why he keeps the number of workers in his farm to a minimum. At his conditioning farm in Gardenville, Bacolod City, Nestor only has four men while the breeding area has three. During the breeding season, however, he just hires extra hands in order to keep up with the extra work. On easy months, these people are let go in order to save up on salaries and other expenses. Nestor does this so that his farm remains not only profitable but also sustainable.

In terms of game fowl nutrition, Nestor says that he takes advantage of the free advice given by veterinarians on retainers with feed and nutritional companies. He is very thankful that these companies give full support to local breeders like him through ambulatory clinics and veterinary advice. Nestor uses different brands of supplements and medications but is loyal to only one brand of feeds.

cord area

Nestor's cord area in Gardenville, Barangay Tangub, Bacolod City

Nestor is also keen on keeping the farm clean so that disease can be prevented or at least easily controlled. He shares that one big concern now is that new strains of diseases are coming out. Sometimes, they would notice a symptom and then they would administer a medication immediately. As it turns out, the new infection is just simulating the symptoms of another but is not exactly the same. Only through a laboratory testing are these strains identified. Nestor shares that their fowls all have complete vaccination and they give antibiotics every month as prevention.

During breeding, Nestor uses an incubator for faster production and also to cut on costs. As an enterprise, using the incubator is economically viable, he explains. The chicks stay in the brooder for a week after which they are released in a cage on the ground. The cage still has lights on to keep them warm, especially at night. From three weeks onwards, the young birds are then ranged.

pure dink fair

Pure Dink Fair

Since Nestor also handles the conditioning of his entries, he relies on his good sense in the selection of his birds. Primarily, he looks at the birds that are brave, high flying, and not aggressive. “They have to be smart fighters,” Nestor says. After selection, the chosen birds and then prepared for about a month with a special diet, beefed up supplementation, and exercise.

Nestor Espinel has certainly gone a long way from just feeding the chickens at his father’s backyard farm in Silay City when he was a young boy. He is now an established breeder in Negros who has made a name for himself through hard work, perseverance, and an effective breeding system. He has won awards for his breeding and has gained recognition among his peers. Now, the only way to go is higher.

Note: Buyers may reach Nestor Espinel in Bacolod City at Mobile No. 0917-4082021.

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