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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 is a Gaffer Par Excellance

A Sought-After Gaffer
Before he became a champion breeder, Nestor Espinel of Bacolod City was and continues to be a sought-after gaffer in local and national derbies. And despite his busy schedule as a breeder, he manages to go to the pit and provide gaffing services to his loyal clientele.

gaffing a fighting cock

Nestor Espinel attaches a gaff on a fighting cock.

Nestor started gaffing in the 80s. Although he was already growing fighting cocks at his dorm in the Riverside Hospital, he was not yet a commercial breeder then. He relates that his gaffing but also trial and error, but he persisted on studying what works, after all he likes doing it. His persistence paid off and he became one of the best gaffers in the country.

The stag derby season is Nestor’s busiest. He installs knives to an average of 30 entries per event. Multiply this number to the number of stag derbies and the number of birds per entry and he ends up gaffing hundreds of fighting birds in one derby alone.

Nestor has many breeder-clients from all over the country, but he recalls some of his most memorable championships in the fights of Negros breeders, Elwin Javelosa and Joe Laureño. He also is very grateful that he was able to take part in the three-peat championship of Eddie Boy Ledesma in the NGBA stag derbies several years ago.

long knives

A case of long knives owned by Nestor.

Being a gaffer is not all glamour and victory. Nestor has had his share of controversy and putting his life in danger just because the entry that he served was well on its way to the championship. He recalls that in one derby in Luzon several years ago, he was offered money by the contender of his client’s to sabotage the fight. It was the last fight and while he was limbering the bird, some men approached him, gave him money, and threatened him if he will not do as they say.

But because of his principles, Nestor did not accept the bribe and instead reported the matter to his boss then. His client praised him that he did not sell his integrity and told him to just do his best and after his work is done, he should just go outside where a car is waiting for him. So after he released the bird on the pit for the last game, Nestor left the rueda and went on his way. He learned later that the entry won and his client became champion. He just had to go into hiding after that because he was hunted down for a while.

Nestor Espinel considers these instances as the hazards of the trade but he stood his ground and preserved his reputation. That is why he continues to be effective and in demand for his services as a gaffer.

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