CARREO by Rolando S. Luzong
Peoples Tonight (Wednesday, November 18, 2009)
PACQUIAO, COTTO, DELA HOYA & MARQUEZ
HAVE SOMETHING IN COMMON
If there’s anything that Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto, Oscar dela Hoya and Juan Manuel Marquez have in common, that is sabong or cockfighting.
Marquez and dela Hoya both come from
There are more than 400 cockpits in
One of the first moves of the Spanish in their new colony was to establish permanent, privately-owned cockpits. This formed parts of a more general affort to force dispersed, rural populations into permanent, nucleated settlements which could be guarded and taxed.
Two years ago, when the World Boxing Council held their annual convention here, the cocking sector was tapped by the Games and Amusement Board to help in entertaining the WBC delegates, majority of whom are Mexicans. Thunderbird Power Feeds treated the delegates to the 1st Philippine Cockfighting Orientation Tour, in which we fetched the WBC people at the Manila Hotel and brought them to
When a succession of anti-cockfighting laws and banning of cockfighting in the last remaining states wherein the Sport was still legal, the Puerto Rico Senate passed a resolution to protect their “culture”. These are some excerpts from the said resolution submitted to the White House last year :
To solicit the President and the Houses of Congress of the United States of America to exclude
…The sport of cockfighting is a part of the culture of our country and has been practiced before the colonization of the
… Cockfighting as generated 40,000 jobs both directly and indirectly between people that both work for the sport and those that actually participate.
There’s no need to elaborate how sabong has been interwoven with our culture and everyday life as Filipinos. Immediately coming to my mind is what I saw in our kanto the night after Ondoy devastated my hometown of
Manny Pacquiao is, as all of us know, an avid sabungero who has hundreds of prized fightingcocks in his farm in Gen. Santos City. He participates in and promotes cock derbies.
As Guggenheim puts it, “Nowhere in the world is there more enthusiasm for cockfights that in the
In cockfighting, we Filipinos believe we are the best. In boxing, our own Manny Pacquiao has just convinced the whole world that we are the best.
Congratulations Manny, I am prouder being a Filipino because of what you have accomplished.