Cockfighting – An Ancient Sport in the Philippines


A bird standing on top of a grass covered field

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Fighting Rooster – Photo Courtesy of HGTV

Like England’s foxhunts, and Spain’s bullfights, cockfighting is a blood-sport between two cocks held in a ring called a cockpit. Crowds of people watch the fights, in an enclosed cockpit or an open makeshift one. The pits look like miniature stadiums. Rural game pits usually consist of a wooden structure with a tin roof to protect spectators from sun and rain while the absence of walls (the skeletal structure of the stands serves as the enclosure) permits light and ventilation. The dirt arena is surrounded by banks of wooden benches reaching to the roof, usually jam-packed with noisy afficionados. Urban cockpits are more comfortable and often have air-conditioned sections with padded seats for wealthier enthusiasts. A rooster in hand serves as a pass, otherwise a nominal admission fee is charged.

Cockfighting is constantly under attack by animal-loving people. Nevertheless, this ancient sport has…

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9 thoughts on “Cockfighting – An Ancient Sport in the Philippines

    1. Filipinos love that sport. My next-door neighbor in Makati had a rooster that he exercised every day in the late ’50s. He was a poor fellow but he cared for that bird and wanted to be in one of those cockfights.

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  1. I have not been home for a long time so I can’t tell you much. From what I can gather, near the summit of Mt. Samat on the Bataan Peninsula is a giant cross and the memorial Shrine of Valor. The southern tip has slowly become industrialized.


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