Cock Fights in Prime Time

Last night as I flipped channel after channel of junk on TV I ran across a Philippines station showing cock fights on TV. Yes, the real thing with all the blood and nearly dead chickens. And of course, like a train wreck, I watched.

It was almost over when I found it. They had 50 fights in all. I started around 39 or so. I got pretty bored with it but I kept watching. Mostly out of curiosity, the same reason i would go to witness a fight in person. But now I’ve come to the conclusion unless I can speak the language I would be bored out of my mind shortly after they started.

It appears to be a social event more than anything else to me. That and bragging rights. I’m not saying that in a judgmental way, after all I watched every bit of it. I think it is much like a baseball game. It is a social event and every now and then you look out at the action to see what is happening.

Now it was real, the rooster were bleeding. You could see it on the feathers of both the winner and looser. Fights are limited to ten minutes at this venue but only one of the fights I watched lasted that long. Some were over very fast. One or two of them were over in less than two minutes. When the roosters stop fighting, they pick them up and put them back into a fight stance again. But if one of the roosters can’t stand they call the fight over at that point.

Considering the amount of damage done to some of them, I doubt even the winning rooster always wins. The announcer spoke mostly Taglish, so I didn’t understand much but I heard him say one man was a very good trainer. So that means there is a lot more to it than just buying a good rooster. You must also know how to make them a strong fighter. I guess that is another of my expatriate lessons.

Seeing it on TV is what really got my attention. Something that would get a lot of time behind bars and destroy an NFL carrier is highly celebrated here. I wonder why bull fighting never took hold as this was largely explored by the Spaniards during the 1400’s.

Tagged with:

Filed under: Cebuano CultureLiving In The Philippines

Like this post? Subscribe to my RSS feed and get loads more!