The Practice Of Sabong
The Tradition Of Sabong:
The tradition of Sabong involves cockfighting between two roosters. They are placed in a ring
called a cockpit to fight. The tradition of Sabong dates back to 6000 years ago and is a practice
ingrained in the Filipino culture. Many Filipino men even claim it to be their favorite pastime. In
fact, the Philippines national hero, Jose Rizal, claimed that most Filipino men loved their game
fowls more than their children. It is a game that gives one immense satisfaction in participating,
and it is very thrilling. The Philippines also legalized it by not putting a country-wide ban on it
like other countries. And while others outlaw the practice, the Philippines can take part in it freely.
Sabong is, which may come surprisingly to some, an economically beneficial sport to the country.
It plays a major role in several families' lives who have practiced Sabong for a long time. Several
families have even based their livelihood on Sabong. It has developed into such a popular sport in
the Philippines that it has now become a billion-dollar industry. The gamefowl industry in the
Philippines is booming such that there are now a lot of things coming up for Sabong. This includes
game bird breeders, handlers, gamblers, sellers, cockpit owners, gaffers, cockpit operators, derby
promoters, and more.
Other than those who take part in it, there are many more who benefit from it. People running tea
stands, nearby groceries or food vendors and shops are greatly at an advantage because of the
practice. They earn money through people going to and from the place of the cockfight. Hawkers
also greatly benefit from it as they get to sell their goods in the area before moving on.
Now due to the rise of COVID-19 in these recent years, people can no longer gather in an area to
watch Sabong together. Lately, they are forced to keep from practicing Sabong in their nearby
areas. But that doesn't necessarily mean it has to stop all of a