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Gamefowls

This category of the blog includes articles about cockfighting or sabong (bulang). Cockfighting is a multi-billion dollar industry in the Philippines and provides hundred of thousand of jobs through game farms and cockpit operations.  You can find articles about fighting cocks here and everything about cockfights.

The Kelso Gamefowl and its Fighting Style

The Kelso Gamefowl and its Fighting Style

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If cockfighting has leading brands, Kelso would be one of them alongside Sweater, Lemon, Hatch, and Roundhead. Kelso is one of the best fighting cock varieties different breeders develop their own bloodlines, the original qualities of the Kelso line of fighting cocks are always there. In this article, we will take a look at the history of Kelso, how it is developed and evolved until today, and its characteristics, and most importantly its fighting style. Kelso fowl are a variety of American Gamefowl developed by American breeder Walter A. Kelso, owner of Oleander Gamefarm. The success of Kelso's bloodline of gamecocks made him one of the most popular and iconic names in cockfighting history. Who is Walter Kelso and how he developed the Kelso gamefowl? Long before the Kelso gamefow...
The weird vocabulary of the cockfighting world

The weird vocabulary of the cockfighting world

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I was introduced to cockfighting as early as 5 years old when my father was still working as a gaffer during his early to late 40s. I know all local terms related to cockfighting but not the Tagalog or English translation until after I graduated college. My first language is Hiligaynon and I was born and raised in Bacolod, the home of the finest gamefowls in the Philippines and also the home of authentic inasal. Cockfighting was never my personal career even though my big clan treats cockfighting like a religion. I’ve been living here in Batangas for 21 years and I never entered or watched any cockfight here in Luzon. I was busy working 8-5 daily for more than 15 years. Sabong never crossed my mind until 2014. I opened a car repair shop here in Lipa City and I had to hire one ...
Lists of gamefarms and gamecock breeders in Bacolod and Negros Island

Lists of gamefarms and gamecock breeders in Bacolod and Negros Island

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When it comes to chicken of all sorts, Bacolod City, the capital of Negros Occidental is arguably the most famous place in the Philippines. Not only that it is the home of the original chicken inasal, it is also the home of the best gamefowls and fighting cocks in the country.  In Luzon, a gamecock from Bacolod is considered high-end. They are the finest compared to gamefowls from other provinces. Although other provinces and cities are trying to establish their names recently, Bacolod is already an established “brand” when it comes to fighting cocks. If you are planning to visit the Negros island and want to buy gamefowls from there, it is better to have a list or try to contact the farms in advance. Here we are going to give you the list of known gamefarms and fighting cock bre...
How to start a successful game farm and gamefowl breeding business

How to start a successful game farm and gamefowl breeding business

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Breeding fighting cocks in the Philippines is a lucrative but high-risk business. The country is one of the only very few sovereign states in the world where cockfighting is legal as long as the operator has necessary permits issued by the government. Cockfighting industry in the Philippines According to the  Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), the sabong (cockfighting) industry in the country is worth P50 billion ($1B) annually. Jarius Bondoc of the Philippine Star claims the industry earns P1. 5 billion ($75.2M) a day. There are around 200 game farms in the country with at least 1,000 heads of gamefowls and more than a thousand backyard breeders with at least 100 heads. According to Manny Berbano of Pitgames Media, the demand for fighting cocks every month is aroun...
What is Texas Gamefowl Chicken

What is Texas Gamefowl Chicken

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When you search for the meaning of “Texas chicken” on Google, you will be provided with tons of fried chicken from Texas. If you are a cockfighter living in Manila or any part of Luzon and are looking for a gamefowl to buy, you just used the wrong keyword. Texas chicken meaning in cockfighting vocabulary In the Philippines where cockfighting is a multi-billion dollar industry, Filipinos especially in Tagalog-speaking provinces in Luzon refer gamefowl to as Texas or teksas. The local term is “manok panabong”, “panabong na manok”, or just “panabong”. However, in the Visayas and Mindanao areas, this is not the case. Texas is seldom used. Locals call gamefowl “inog-bulang” in Ilonggo/Hiligaynon or "manok pang bulang" in Cebuano. “Bulang” has two meaning in Hiligaynon (1). cockfight or sabong...
How to bathe our gamefowls with shampoo and Asuntol

How to bathe our gamefowls with shampoo and Asuntol

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Lice and parasites in gamefowls are a very serious problem that could cause stress to your fighting cock. A stressed gamefowl could not concentrate and most of the time could lose in a cockfight. In this article, we will explain the benefits of bathing our roosters with Asuntol and later with shampoo to rid them of lice and parasites, in this way we refresh them during the summer. With shampoo we strengthen their feather, we make it more flexible, shiny and with the matter, we rid them of the lice and paraffin that prevent our roosters from having a good fighting season. We start by mentioning the materials, we need Asuntol which we get in any veterinary clinic, shampoo, and 2 buckets with 15 liters of water. What is Asuntol? Asuntol is a brand name manufactured by Bayer. It can co...
Top, Best, and Finest Filipino Gamefowl Breeders

Top, Best, and Finest Filipino Gamefowl Breeders

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Having a P75B ($1.5B) turnover each year, cockfighting is the biggest sport in the Philippines, bigger than all ball games including PBA combined. If Spain has a bullfight, the Philippines has a cockfight - it’s a blood sport though. While the rest of the world condemns cockfights due to animal death and cruelty, in the Philippines, it’s a sport, leisure, and an industry. Businesses connected to cockfighting employ hundreds of thousands of Filipinos. These businesses include game farms, breeding, and cockpit operations.  In this article, we are giving you not only the top 10 gamefarms but the top 31 of the biggest, highly-respected, and well-known game farms in the Philippines. Some of these farms have their own prized bloodlines. As for which provinces are known for fighting cock br...
What is Peruvian fighting rooster

What is Peruvian fighting rooster

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The Peruvian bloodline of gamefowl is one of the most popular bloodlines of fighting cock roosters in the Philippines and is also among the most expensive breeds. In this extremely long article, we have the opportunity to translate and proofread the complete history of the great Peruvian gamefowl. This is quite an interesting yet long story so enjoy reading. The link to the original Spanish version is provided at teh end of this article. Peruvian rooster went through many stages of improvement until the standard that we have today was achieved, it would be countless to mention the architects of this story of panache and courage. How the Peruvian fighting rooster was developed The Peruvian fighting cock was developed by a Peruvian named Don Humberto Gregorio Pedraglio Oddone who was bo...
The laws and legalities of cockfighting in the Philippines

The laws and legalities of cockfighting in the Philippines

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When it comes to sports, Filipinos cannot live without the basketball and of course, cockfighting. Although the latter is more of gambling than sport, many people are also involved in breeding gamefowls as both recreation and business. But the big question that is asked by many people especially the foreigners is, "Is cockfighting legal in the Philippines?" We will discuss the answer in this article. Cockfighting in the Philippines is both legal and illegal depending on where the game is held and to what level. The "Cockfighting Law of 1974" under the former President Ferdinand E. Marcos,  regulates the game in the whole country and since then it has never been amended. The following is clearly stated: NOW, THEREFORE, I, FERDINAND E. MARCOS, President of the Philippines, by virtue...
The 10 Best Breeds of Fighting Roosters and Gamefowl Bloodlines

The 10 Best Breeds of Fighting Roosters and Gamefowl Bloodlines

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The gamefowls or fighting roosters are a group of different breeds dedicated to fighting among themselves, which are characterized by having an extremely aggressive behavior in both females and males. This temperament manifests itself from an early age, so it is necessary to separate the males from each other to avoid a fight. Today we will address the different breeds of fighting roosters, also called fighting cocks in the Philippines, gamefowls, or gamecocks. These are some of the best gamefowl bloodlines in the country today. In countries where cockfighting is legal (need to secure a permit from the government) like the Philippines, the type of fighting cocks bloodline is very important. Breeds of Gamefowls As in any animal, be it dogs, cats, birds, horses, etc., there are a...