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Monday, February 24, 2014
TWENTY-FOUR Negrense gamefowl breeders were given Life-Long Achievement Awards for their outstanding contributions to the advancement of the gamefowl industry in Negros Occidental, and for making it world-class.
Awarded Life-Long Achievement Award—Living Legends at the opening rites of the 1st Gamefowl Expo Sa Negros at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod last Friday were Jesus Sison, Rafael “Nene” Abello, Antonio Trebol, Rafael Araneta, Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco, Jr., Remo Hinlo, Juancho Aguirre, Roberto Cuenca, and Patricio Debulgado Jr.
Life-long Achievement Posthumous Awardees were Don Ramon Lacson Sr., Luis ‘Nonoy' Jalandoni Jr., Emmanuel ‘Mamie' Lacson, Alfredo Yulo Jr., Alex Montelibano, Don Carlos Montilla, Danilo Hinlo, Jose ‘Batchoy' Alunan, Emilio Cuaycong Jr., Ricardo Montinola Jr., Hector Lacson, Patrick Montilla, Oscar Villanueva, Renato ‘Otic' Geroso and Ramon ‘Monong' Monfort.
Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. claimed that Negros Occidental is the capital of the gamefowl industry in the country, and even in the world.
Having the largest number of gamefowl breeders in the country today, Negros Occidental has more or less 1,000 gamefowl breeders, and another 1,000 backyard breeders, with an estimated P2-billion budget for its upkeep.
Gamefowl breeding is now the second largest industry in this province, next to sugar.
There was a time when about 400,000 gamefowl were exported from Negros, which generated P4 billion in annual taxes, he says.
Also, for every P20 health certificate fee that the Provincial Veterinary Office charges for each fighting cock exported, the provincial government earns about P10 million a year, according to the governor.
The Gamefowl Expo, which culminated yesterday, will further create awareness of Negros Occidental's high quality gamecocks, he adds.
Trade and expositions of prominent strains and bloodlines of Negros-bred quality broodstocks and gamecocks were featured in the three-day expo.
Cockfighting and gamefowl enthusiasts saw live exhibits of outstanding breeds of the Hulsey’ Lemons, the Sweater, Kelso, Albany, Roundheads, Grey strains, and the Hatches bloodlines.
Aside from its sheer large number, gamefowl in this province are highly regarded as quality-bred. “We are known for the best breed of gamecocks,” he adds.
And with the sugar industry expected to suffer starting 2015 when the tariffs for imported sugar and other products are gradually reduced, Marañon says the gamefowl industry will survive.
It is top in the world, he says, adding that cock breeding is an art; no other Asian countries breed fighting cocks.
Gamefowl Expo director Ernesto Hinojas says the activity highlights the accomplishments and developments of the gamefowl industry in Negros Occidental for the past 40 years. (Danny B. Dangcalan)
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on February 24, 2014.