Wednesday, December 30, 2009

2010 the Year of the Tiger

CARREO by Rolando S. Luzong

Peoples Tonight (December 30, 2009)

2010 the Year of the Tiger

First, let me greet you all cockers out there, a win-full year in 2010.

2010 is the Year of the Metal Tiger in the Chinese calendar. Tiger years are expected to be a time of great upheavals and big changes.

For a start, consider this, the 2010 Chinese New Year begins on February 14, 2010 and will end on February 2, 2011. So, we can expect two kinds of explosions on February 13. There will be the loud explosions of firecrackers (invented by the Chinese themselves) to welcome the Year of the Tiger and the ‘silent explosions’ of lovers to welcome the 2010 Valentine’s Day, as my good friend Joey Dy of Pasay Cockpit would agree.

This early, we all know that 2010 will be a year of great changes.

We will have a new President of the Republic after nine years. Who will he or she be? That big question is what we will answer come May and please answer it wisely. For us cockers, how about someone who is closer to our Sport. Gibo and Noynoy are both nephews of sabong greats cousins Danding Cojuangco – top hinco of San Miguel Corp. and Peping Cojuangco – Philippine Olympic Committee Chairman, while, Manny Villar’s late father-in-law is a cocker and his brother-in-law is Las Piñas Coliseum owner and well-respected gamefowl breeder Nene Aguilar who is incidentally is the Hall of Famer Mayor of Las Piñas City.

In 2010, ‘Congressman’ Pacquiao may get his eighth title to finally cement his place in history where no other boxer can ever go. With the Pacquiao – Mayweather dream match slowly falling apart, Bob Arum and Team Pacquaio now set their eyes on WBA Super Welterweight champion Yuri Foreman, who if Pacquiao beats will give him his 8th world title. To hell with the Mayweathers. They can curse each other and blame Golden Boy Promotions for their blunder move, after the judge makes the decision on the lawsuit that Pacquiao is filing against them.

The Tiger Growls Early

In the cockfighting scene, 2010 is expected to hit the ground running with several blockbuster events lined up in the first quarter of the Tiger year.

Set on January 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 & 15 at the Century Game Club in Banawa, Cebu is the 2009 Annual Sinulog 6-Cock Derby.

Immediately after the Sinulog derby is the 2010 World Slasher Cup I 8-Cock International Derby at the Araneta Coliseum on January 18, 19, 20, 21 & 23 which is developing into another record-breaker with the number of entries expected to pass the 250 mark. As of press time, requests for cockhouse reservations have already reached 235.

On January 25, 27, 20 & February 1, it’s San Juan Coliseum’s time to sizzle with the 2010 SJC 7M International 8-Cock Derby.

Action shifts to Iloilo with the staging of the 2010 Annual Candelaria 7-Cock Derby at Iloilo Coliseum on January 28, 29, 30, February 1 & 2.

Set on the second week of February is the 2010 Chinese Derby in Dumaguete City.

To close the first quarter is the 2010 8M Araw ng Dabaw Derby in Davao City.


There have been a lot of talks and attempts to establish a sabong library and museum, but there’s always something that is lacking. And these are the materials such as magazines, books, videos, old trophies & plaques plus old photos about sabong. If there will be enough of these things on hand, finding a place to put them will be a breeze.

So, may I start the collecting process by asking you for old magazines, photos or books that you maybe ready to part ways with so that they can be put into good use by being a part of the collection for the sabong library.

You can send your donations to P. O. Box No. 103, Marikina Central Post Office, 1800 Marikina City.

HAPPY MARRIED LIFE to newlyweds Kiko & Yeye Torres who said their “I dos” last Sunday, December 22 in Bacolor, Pampanga with Sonny Lagon as the principal sponsor together with Congressman Del de Guzman of Marikina City who is currently running for the mayoralty seat.

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