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Game Fowl Breeding Tips from Bagyo Gonzales

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(l-r) Benedicto Ligaya (their driver during special events, Aaron’s grandson Roman, Aaron with their NGBA championship trophy, handler Butch Gonzales, and handler Michael Padpad.

Bacolod breeder Bagyo Gonzales is a humble man who admits that he was taught a lot by the late veteran breeder Otic Geroso.

Related Stories:
*Aaron Gonzales and His Breeding History
*The Game Farm of Bagyo Gonzales

But aside from the tips that he learned, Bagyo also did a lot of breeding experimentation in the farm. And he said that many of the things he is practicing right now are the results of trials, errors, and successes.

However, in terms of medication and supplementation, Bagyo just asks around, especially those at the feed store. He would inquire about new products as well as the medicines and supplements that are good for a certain fowl condition. Then he would try it on his flock and just find out what works. But of course, he keeps a record of his observations.

Bagyo also believes that a good looking rooster is not always a good fighter. That is why, he says, that one should not always rely on the looks but to always consider the bloodlines. Experience has taught him that if you have found the bloodline that you like, that is when you start breeding them to produce the battle crosses.

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The cord area in the Gonzales farm.

Game fowl health is of utmost importance at Bagyo’s farm. Their place is naturally cold and is always raining, so protective measures are in place so that the birds are not sickly especially when they are still young. Bagyo’s birds are hen hatched and the ranged when they are a day old. But at night, the chicks are gathered in closed teepees so that they are sheltered from the rain, winds, and the cold temperature at night.

When derby time comes, Butch selects the best birds from their flock and confers his choices with his uncle. Bagyo says that among the birds that they have set aside for conditioning, they eliminate birds based on a couple of criteria. Firstly, the birds should maintain its robust body conformation throughout the conditioning period. And secondly, the chosen birds should improve in their performance every time they are sparred.

Since Bagyo’s handler and gaffer is also his nephew, he is always confident that Butch would always do a good job.

Bagyo has come a long way in his breeding. While enjoying their last championship, that episode wasn’t the end but rather a new challenge to work harder not just to maintain but also to surpass their past achievement. The trophy, however, gave this team the much needed confidence that they have what it takes to make it into the big league.

Aaron Gonzales may be reached in Bacolod City through Mobile No. 0918-388-0615.

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The team checks the cord farm while Aaron’s grandson tags along

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The First Negros Gamefowl Art Exhibition

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"Red Fighter" - Fighting Cock oil on canvas painting by artist Rogert Salvarita

The First Negros Gamefowl Art Exhibition

The Art of Cockfighting

Cockfighting is both an art and a science for the seasoned breeders of Negros Occidental—home to the legendary breeders and breeds in the country. The experiment in bloodlines, nutrition, training and the like are all very systematic to come up with the perfect fighting machine that can make its breeder proud. Everything else—the game bird’s handsome physique, the fighting style, etc.—are all forms of art.

But this time, cockfighting has been elevated to become the subject of visual arts, as the Negros Gamefowl Breeders Association (NGBA) has presented the First Negros Gamefowl Art Exhibition. The display was formally opened to the public in a fellowship of artists and breeders last August 20, 2009 at the Grand Ballroom of Sugarland Hotel in Bacolod City. The pieces of art were then transferred to the Museo Negrense de La Salle of the University of St. La Salle and were on display until September 5, 2009. The event was sponsored by VNJ Distributors Inc. and Belamyl by Novartis.

Edbon Sevilleno, a Bacoleño artist and one of the lead artists of the event, said that it was champion breeder Eduardo “Eddie Boy” Ledesma, who is also an art collector, was the prime mover of this project. Eddie Boy has always been a patron of the works of artist Rodney Martinez and the latter was responsible for introducing Sevilleno to Eddie Boy. The breeder then encouraged the artists to make cockfighting as the subject in their works, after all, Negros has always been known as the lair of champion breeders in the country.

Sevilleno, who is a magazine illustrator and cartoonist himself, then invited other local artists to put their creativity at work and to join in the endeavor of interpreting different aspects of cockfighting. After about 15 days, the result was a collection of 53 artworks of different media of which the individual artist is most proficient—pen and ink, pencil on paper, pastel on paper, oil on canvas, mixed media, and terracotta.

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More artworks about gamefowls from various local artists

Among the artists who contributed their works, aside from Sevilleno and Martinez, are Jecky Alano, Perry Argel, Nune Alvarado, Dennis Ascalon, Bert Berondo, Nilda Claveraz, Rommel Clavecillas, Charlie Co, Jovito Hecita, Raymond Legaspi, Rafael Paderna, Leah Samson, Roger Salvarita, Lor Sumagaysay, Fred Juson, and Orville Visitacion. Manila breeder and artist Edward Tan also made a contribution to the exhibit—an 18” x 20” watercolor on paper artwork that exemplifies the concept of “Partida”, or “giving one an advantage as shown by the lack of gloves by the flying rooster,” the artist wrote.

Each artist relied on his or her own concept of or exposure to the world of cockfighting for inspiration. Thus, the artworks had sparring roosters, men handling their fighters on the rueda, breeders stroking their roosters, or handsome game fowls simply standing majestically on top of their teepees. Some artists also depicted the lifestyles of common breeders, such as sharing thoughts on breeding while stroking their favored birds, a man waiting at a port for his trip to Manila while closely watching his boxes of fighting cocks, and a young boy who just had his first exposure to a game bird. Such scenes were either presented realistically or as abstract. But more importantly, Sevilleno said that they wanted to divert the idea of cockfighting as gambling and rather present it as a way of life of many Filipino men.

Part of the proceeds of the exhibit, Sevilleno said, will be allocated in the setting up of a foundation that will support charitable causes. He also added that this is not going to be the last time that they will hold an exhibit but will be the first of many projects that they intend to do in the future. They wanted the exhibits and other projects to become a sustainable venue for local artists to exhibit their creativity.

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Left: "Byahe" - Watercolor on paper by Edbon Sevillano

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