Cockfighting (Sabong) gives you a unique and thrilling satisfaction of a Filipino national pastime. It lets you feel a great, enduring forming facet of the culture of the Philippines. There’s no pastime in the Philippines that is as popular and as old as cockfighting. Before the Spaniards came, it was already around and well loved by Filipinos, mostly men. This pastime is a hobby, a sporting event, and a gambling instance all rolled into one.
Cockfighting has been banned during the virus outbreak. However, online cockfighting has surged in the Philippines as bettors get easier access via mobile phones during the pandemic. The Philippines’ online cockfighting industry that’s getting billions of pesos in monthly bets.
History Of Cockfighting In The Philippines
There are many accounts of cockfighting in the Philippines that date back over 300 years ago and some historians say that cockfighting has existed for over 6,000 years. Whatever the case, it is documented that when Ferdinand Magellan landed on the islands of what is now known as the Philippines in 1512, indigenous people were betting on cockfights. The practice has been around through several different government changes and leadership changes until the Philippines gained their independence in 1898.
Since then the government has enacted laws and regulations of the sport to earn revenue for other community services. While the sport is a blood sport and cruel to the animals that are forced to participate, a lot of good comes from the taxes and licensing fees stemming from the sport. Sabong has withstood the test of time and in the Philippines, it is a tradition that will not be going away anytime soon.