Cockfighting business featured in farm fair

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Thursday, July 21, 2011


A NEW side of cockfighting or "sabong" will be introduced during the 2nd Malagos Farm Fair that aims to promote tourism and provide livelihood for Dabawenyos.

With its new acronym, Small Allied Business ON Gamefowl conceptualized by the Univet Nutrition and Animal Healthcare Company (Unahco) - Thunderbird team, Dr. Rodner Tuquib of Unahco said he would like to let the public know of the business behind "sabong".

"During this activity, there will be exhibit of business in cockfighting, like cock boxes, 'tari' and other materials used for 'sabong'," Tuquib said.

He added that although there are several oppositions regarded to cockfighting, Unahco is joining the big family event for their share of social responsibility in creating business.

The game of sabong has been deeply rooted in the Filipino culture and has been considered as a favorite past time for most male Filipinos, with the popularity of baseball in the US, bullfighting in Spain, spider fighting in Thailand, the Filipino counterpart for would be cockfighting.

There are 2,200 cockpits nationwide and Unahco would like to bring the message that there is business in cockfighting.

"Many people are breeding cocks and this an advantageous and an opportunity as the Philippines is known to be a Bird Flu free country and can therefore export game fowls to other countries," Tuquib added.

As a billion dollar industry, Unahco would like to change the definition of "sabong" by holding innovative events in Boracay, Palawan. It is eyeing events in Samal Island and Dakak, Dapitan City in Zamboanga del Norte.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 21, 2011.

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