World Slasher Cup

Trip Start Jun 22, 2008
Trip End Jul 04, 2013

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Flag of Philippines  , Luzon,
Saturday, January 23, 2010

This week thousands of cocking aficionados have been in attendance as the 2010 World Slasher Cup takes place at the Areneta Coluseum.  The World Slasher Cup is advertised as the world's biggest cock fight and tonight is the Ultimate 4 Championship. Cockfighting in the Philippines is called "Sabong". While cock fighting is illegal in many countries, it remains one of the Philippines' national sports. Even the great Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao owns and fights a cock called "Pac-Man". There are hundreds of cocks that participate in the initial rounds of this multi-day cock fighting derby.  That means lots of losers who have ended up fatally wounded perhaps participating in what may take place after the final round of the world's biggest cockfight - the world's biggest chicken BBQ!

Cockfighting is big business in the Philippines.  The Mall of Asia even has a cockfighting supply store and there are corporate sponsors and celebrity owners.  There are both legal and illegal cockfights and in both, either single edged or double edged blades are attached to the cocks left leg. Legal cockfights and derbies are held in official cockpits every week.  Illegal cockfights happen any time in open areas.  This may be what was going on when our dive boat in Anilao was used between dives to transport some locals with a caged rooster to a nearby island.  They told us not to worry, they were just going to a cockfight and would be back in 45 minutes.  We didn't notice the state of the rooster when they returned and I don't remember if chicken was on the resort's menu that evening.
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