This blog is by Rey Bajenting, founder of RB Sugbo Gamefowl Technology.
He is a gamefowl columnist, author and editor. He writes for Pit Games and LLamado magazines; Global Cockfight Live and Roosterman Int'l. He is also the author of the gamefowl column LLamado Tayo that for 2 years was carried daily by the defunct Tumbok, a tabloid of the Philippine Daily Inquirer group. He has been editor of the weekly Dyaryo Larga.
He is also author of several publications about gamefowl and cockfighting. He is the founder of Masang Nagmamanok (MANA), a nationwide movement for the welfare of the common chickenman.
Most of his life, Bajenting has been a chickenman, being a handler, conditioner and now a breeder. He started getting involved in cockfighting at age 9
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|Posted by Rey Bajenting on July 29, 2013 at 2:25 AM||comments (0)|
Sabungeros are never united. They never will be. This is the observation of the forces that are out to destroy cockfighting world wide, including here in the Philippines.
They are banking on the fact that the fate of cockfighting anywhere depends on the stand of the politicians or the powers that be in a particular country. If the politicians or rulers of a country feel they will gain more in terms of votes or popularity by siding with the anti-cockfighting forces, they will do it.
There are Filipino lawmakers, mayors, governors who go to the cockpits or keep some roosters. But, except for a handful, they are politicians more than sabungeros.
Now the question is will the anti-sabong forces succeed in making our politicians believe that illegalizing cockfighting will do them good?
On this issue alone, sabungeros are divided. Many would say never! Never will anybody succeed in stopping cockfighting here. Other said, there would be a revolution if cockfighting will be illegalized.
On the other hand, there are a sober few who take the threat seriously. I belong to this group. My heart keeps on hoping that I am wrong. But my mind thinks otherwise.
It was not too long ago when our American brothers also dismissed as downright stupid the move to illegalize cockfighting in US. Yet, look now, what happened. Because, they put up a fight too late. And, this I also see happening here.
We are united in attending multi million derbies, but not in putting up a fight. We could not even send one true blooded sabungero to the senate? There are 10, 15 million of us, so they say, but how many votes did this sabungero got when he ran for the Senate in 2010 under a legitimate party?
I am just hoping that even if we are not together in many issues, time will come that we all work together in protecting sabong and promoting the interest of the common sabungeros— the true backbone of sabong industry.
|Posted by Rey Bajenting on July 3, 2013 at 5:00 AM||comments (0)|
Pre-Conditioning: Getting Them Ready
Contrary to common belief, its is not in the conditioning stage but in the pre-conditioning phase that the cocks really get prepared for battle. It is in this stage that you correct any deficiencies that were undiscovered or remained uncorrected during the maintenance phase. It is in this stage that you develop further the muscles, tone them for proper coordination and prepare the cock not only physically but also psychologically for combat. The pre-conditioning period should last at least three weeks, preferably more.
At the start of this period, deworm and delouse the cocks. Place them in the pen with a hen for a few days.
Feeds should be from 16 to 18% crude protein. Nutrition is no longer a problem nowadays.
Unlike before when conditioners had to formulate their own feed mix, now the better formula feeds are readily available in the market. All you have to do is look at the contents analysis and pick what you desire.
Little by little introduce supplement to the feed, such as hard-boiled egg, meat or beef liver, sardines, wheat germ or the like, always taking into consideration the overall crude protein proportion of the mixture. Continue the B complex injection, but during this period use the types that have some iron or liver extract, or you may substitute or complement it with the pangamic acid (b15) type of injection, (such as respigen of Excellence Gamefowl and Livestock Specialist.) Also start giving them other vitamins and supplements that you plan to give them during the subsequent conditioning period. It is wise not to give anything in the conditioning period that you have not introduced in the pre-conditioning phase.
Be careful, for there are metabolic drugs labeled as conditioning aids that might do more harm than good to your fowl. Natural supplements, though, as well as vitamins supplements that you could use freely.
It is also advisable to give some mineral supplement. Minerals are found in ample dose in water soluble MVEs or multi-vitamins and electrolytes product. I prefer, though, to give minerals in natural concentrated liquid form or better hydrophilic minerals.
At this stage start making the cocks accustomed to artificial light. Walk and tail them under the light (salida, kahig at sampi) at about 4 a. m. three times a week. On the days that you don’t do the kahig and sampi, just keep the cocks under light from 4 a.m. till daybreak. The purpose is not only to accustom them to artificial light but also to lengthen daylight. Somehow, longer daylight has some positive effect on the fowl’s physiological condition.
Rotate them from tie cord to fly pen to conditioning pen more frequently. Say, everyday or every two days, except the roosters which you observed would prefer to be left unmoved for longer pe-riod. Put them in scratch box for 10–15 minutes at noon or after every sparring, or salida and sampi as a way of cooling them down. Spar them weekly in the same recommended manner and continue taking note of their fighting weights. Sparring sessions are preferably held at dawn for the simple reasons that the cocks have completely empty crops and intestines, and that they are fully rested from a night’s sleep.
|Posted by Rey Bajenting on June 2, 2013 at 6:25 PM||comments (0)|
Masang Nagmamanok (MANA) Inc., is upgrading its main website. The project is in coordination with Sabong Radyo. The aim is to provide common sabungeros and ordinary chicken farmers further services.
The website has the following features:
Home. From the home page you can access the pages or direct to specific items. http://sabongnet.webs.com/
Forum for information and knowledge sharing. This is a knowledge forum designed to impart to members and guests information and knowhow about the sabong sports. You may gain by just reading the topics by the admin, or you may share your knowledge by posting your own topic or by commenting on existing ones. … http://sabongnet.webs.com/apps/forums/
Library. This library and learning center is updated often with revisions and addition of articles books and publications done constantly. This is one of the centerpiece features of the site. Don’t miss visiting the library…. http://sabongnet.webs.com/apps/auth/login?why=pw&next=apps%2Flinks%2F
Videos. View collection of videos arranged by categories and topics of interest to sabungeros and chicken raisers. You don't have to search all over youtube looking for what you want… http://sabongnet.webs.com/apps/videos/
Others., gallery, and calendar of projects.
Sabong Radyo podcast. You can hear every edition of Sabong Radyo, a radio program aired over DYHP Cebu every Sunday at 6pm, hosted by Mike Espinosa anytime at your convenience… http://sabongnet.webs.com/apps/podcast/
Gamefowl Market. The online game fowl market site you can fully trust. http://kamana1015.wix.com/bbtv
|Posted by Rey Bajenting on May 12, 2013 at 5:40 AM||comments (0)|
Tanong: ka mana my tanong po ako.. saan po ba nagmamana ng laro ang isang stag sa tatay po ba o sa nanay? salamat po! (Ej Marquez Dela Cruz May 10, 2013 8:13am; FB PM to Masang Nagmamanok relayed to kamana Rey Bajenting)
Sagot ni kamana Rey (Relayed by Masang Nagmamanok FB PM 9:50am May 10, 2013):
Depende po yan kamana. Theoritically and genetically half sa tatay half sa nanay. Dahil sa bawat katangian kalahati ay galling sa ama kalahati ay galling sa ina.
Pero naapektuhan yan dominant-recessive gene action. Kasi kung sinong parent ang magbato ng dominant na gene doon sa kanya magmamana ang anak sa naturang katangian.
Halimbawa sa hugis ng palong, straight comb o pea comb. Ang pea comb ay dominante kaysa straight comb. Kung ang Tatay ay straight comb at ang nanay ay peacomb. Ang lalabas sa anak ay pea comb.
100% itong mangyayri kung ang nanay ay puro pea comb. Subalit maari ring ang nanay ay pea comb kung tingnan dahil dominante nga ang pea comb kaysa straight comb, pero sa totoo ito ay half peacomb half straight comb. Pag ganito ang nanay ay hindi puro pea comb at maaring magbato sa anak ng katangiang straight comb. Kung magkataon na ang ibato ng nanay ay ang gene nito na straight comb ang lalabas sa anak nito sa brood cock na straight comb ay straight comb.
Maliban sa dominant-recessive gene action may iba pang mga factors. Isa dito ay ang sex-linked genes. Ito ang mamamana lang sa anak na opposite sex. Halimbawa ang katangiang white leg. Kung white leg ang inahin at yellow leg ang brood cock, ang lalabas sa mga anak na lalaki ay white leg at sa anak na babae ay yellow leg.
Mayroon din ang co-dominance kung kalian maghalohalo ang katangian ng ama at ina.
Samakatuwid sa fighting ability maari ring magkahalohalo ang katangian ng ama at ina, maaring lilitaw ang dominant trait, o maari ring may sex-linkage at iba pa.
Ang hugis ng palong, kulay ng paa ay mga simple hereditary traits samantalang ang katangian sa pakipaglaban ay dinidiktahan ng maraming ibat ibang genes . Kaya mahirap matukoy ang totoong sanhi ng pagiging magaling ng isang manok. Kay tiyakin nalang natin na ang ama at ina ay parehong taglay ang mga katangian na nais natin.
Itanong sa RB Sugbo: Kung may katanungan po kayo hinggil sa pagmamanok, i-click ang category na tugma sa inyong katanungan. At i-post as new topic ang inyong katanungan. Sisikapin itong sasagutin ng RB Sugbo Gamefowl Technology.
Tanong: Gud pm ano po ba ang lahi ng manok ang mgagandang pumalo at madiskarte sa laban? (02:45:05AM feb 27-2007)
Sagot ni Kamana Rey:
Napakahirap sagutin ang mga ganitong katanungan. Lalo na kung sa pamamagitan lang ng pagtetext.
Oo, ang iba’t-ibang lahi ng manok dapat ay may kani-kanilang istilo sa pakipaglaban.
Halimbawa ang lemon ay dapat mautak at magaling sa cutting. Ang hatch naman ay malakas at matibay. Ngunit ang totoo ay hindi sa lahat na pagkakataon ay nagkakatotoo ito. May lemon na di gaanong mautak. May hatch naman na hindi matibay.
Kahit anong lahi o linyada ay may magagaling at may mga bulok. Kaya hindi tama na ibatay natin ang ating pagpili ng manok sa pangalan o sa katanyagan ng lahi.
Dapat ang pagpili natin ay batay sa kakayahan at katangian ng indibidwal na manok. Huwag pangalan ang habulin natin. Dapat ang galing ang ating gawing batayan sa pagpili.
Hindi kasi garantisado kung sa pangalan ng lahi natin ibatay. Una, kung hindi tapat ang nagpapalahi ay pwede niyang sabihin na ang kanyang manok ay pure lemon, kahit ito’y may halo. Pangalawa, wala naman talagang puro na genes kung manok ang pag-uusapan.
Lahat naman ng lahi ng manok ay nagsimula sa paghalohalo ng dalawa, tatlo, o mas marami pang lahi.
Kaya, huwag na nating isipin kung ano ang pangalan ng lahi ng manok. Hanapin natin ang magaling na manok, hindi ang katanyagan ng pangalan ng lahi.
Ang magaling na manok ay magaling, kahit ano paman ang tawag sa kanya.
|Posted by Rey Bajenting on March 19, 2013 at 9:45 PM||comments (1)|
Measured against the eternity, our time on earth is just a blink of an eye. But the consequence of it will last forever. The deeds of this life are destiny of the next. --- Rick Warren in his book the Purpose Driven Life.
The above quotation is in dedication to a friend who passed away a few years ago. Ernesto Erning Panuncillo. To us, who had known him well, he was more than just a dedicated sabungero. Ever helpful to anybody who needed his expertise; he was extremely honest; and selfless, almost to a fault, he was indeed an epitome of a Filipino cocker.
We called each other Sanga (partner in Cebuano).We were more than just cocking buddies. We were life-long friends like brothers indeed.
He was always helping me in my cocking ventures. When I decided to go full blast with breeding some years back, he helped me sourced out top breeding materials.
It was because of him that I was able to acquire the patriarch of all the RB Sugbo ponkan lines -- my favorite brood cock Ponkan, an EDL/Excellence sweater, who at the time was otherwise,definitely not for sale in the hands of his brother Arthur, proprietor of the cockers and agrivet product distribution chain,Pacific Barato.
Most of all, he was the one who first mentioned my name to publisher Manny Berbano. It led to my writing for Pit Games and Llammado magazines, an opportunity I cherished most.
Because of my knowing Manny I was able to acquire more top-quality imported and local materials; and, met in person, distinguished breeders, and legends of our time. And, because of Pit Games and Llammado, I gained new friends and customers from as far as the Ilocos regions in the north, and Basilan in the south, not to mention the many others outside the country. These things, I owed to Sanga.
Erning was also instrumental to the mission-vision of RB Sugbo chicken venture. Sanga had repeatedly told me: Breed for the common sabungeros, the ordinary cockers and small time breeders who have neither the access nor the means to acquire expensive fowl. And, don't just sell them chickens, also afford them technology.
His idea was that we will not just breed and sell fowl but also take active part in technology transfer, thus the name RB Sugbo Gamefowl Technology.
On our part, with right technology, we could produce more good chickens at much lower cost. Therefore,we could priced our fowl at a level affordable to the common sabungeros.
Now, RB Sugbo Gamefowl Technology is committed to helping the common sabungeros.
RB Sugbo breeds quality fowl affordable to the common sabungero. It is also engaged in the transfer of gamefowl technology, for as economically as possible. RB Sugbo GT has been doing this since 2003 . RB Sugbo is constantly into research on the different aspects of cockfighting such as selection, handling, conditioning, pointing, and effective knife designs.
Since 2007, it has been totally committed to helping Masang Nagmamanok (MANA) Inc., a nationwide movement championing the cause of the common sabungeros.
Sugbo bloodlines such as the Ponkans and Sugbo Lemons, priced well within the reach of the common sabungero,are holding their own against respectable opposition.
RB Sugbo publications are also well circulated among the common sabungeros, mainly through MANA. It also conducts seminars, trainings and at-farm-hands -on and/or on-line technology transfer.
RB Sugbo GT is also technical and marketing consultant to a number of upstart breeders in the Philippines. Founder Rey Bajenting is also founder of MANA, writer in Pit Games and LLammado Magazines, Editor of Dyaryo Larga and founding director of Central Visayas Breeders Association (CVBA).
|Posted by Rey Bajenting on March 7, 2013 at 4:35 AM||comments (0)|
Media shows us the right things. Or it exposes the wrong things. It allows the public clear perspective into what is right and what is wrong. Thus, media is a powerful tool. And, sabong media is no exception.
The role of media is to inform the public on realities. But in reality, it is not always the case. Sometimes media spreads false information, peddles half truths, or stacks the cards in favor of one side of the issue or the other.
So media could be bad or good depending on the reader's point of view, and the individual media outfit— may it be print, online or broadcast— could be noble or corrupt, de-pending on the purpose. If the purpose is to inform, educate, entertain or promote positive advocacies based on facts then it is good. Otherwise it is evil.
We, at Roosterman, are well aware of this. And, we are doing our best to remain in the right track. So far, we have been successful in keeping at bay interest groups that might influence us. We have been doing our best to just go on play-ing constructive role for sabong. We have avoided becoming mouthpiece of anything else but our advocacy to promote the interest of the ordinary sabungeros and chicken raisers.
As result, some beings get to dislike us or the ideals we represent. We can‟t avoid it. This is the way some people think: you are not with us, therefore, you are against us.
But may I ask them? Of what use would a controlled media to the benefactor? A media dictated or influenced by an interest group or a business will lose its credibility. Less and less would believe what are on it. Worse, people may not even read, listen to, or view it. The magazine or program may survive despite integrity void because of the support, but the benefactors money goes down the drain.
That‟s why independence is so important to us. It al-lows us to tell what we honestly believe is the truth, not the truth as what some wanted it told. In the process, we pre-serve objectivity, thus we keep our credibility intact.
What about MANA? Yes, Roosterman is motivated by MANA, but MANA is an advocacy for the interest of sabong, not with interest to make something from sabong.
|Posted by Rey Bajenting on February 16, 2013 at 7:15 PM||comments (0)|
The PMA Lessons and Tour in Cebu was successfully held Feb. 8, 9 and 10, 2013. There were three venue farms namely: Scorpion Ox/RB Sugbo in Argao; Golden Dragon in Dalaguete and Garces Bros. in Minglanilla. Lessons covered from breeding to fighting plus many other practical tips. The 3-day event climaxed with a very informative questions and answer session.
Here’s some topics on pointing discussed during the Q & A:
In the morning give only a third or less of the usual ration to the cocks that will be fought before 4 p.m. Give full ration to cocks that are scheduled to fight after 6 p.m. After 4 in the afternoon, give each cock two pecks of feeds every hour. Except those that will be fought beyond 10 p.m. Give the latter appropriate amount of feeds to prevent them from pointing too early.
Holding ration. The rationale behind the two pecks of feed every hour is to hold the cocks from pointing ahead of schedule. At this stage the cock is already starting to point as pointing is partly triggered by hunger. If you fail to feed the cock at this stage hunger will force the cock to point prematurely. But if you also feed the cock more, say, you give it eight pecks because the fight is four hours away, the bulk of the feed will trigger the digestive system to fully work, drawing away some of the cock’s reserve energy, entirely reversing the pointing process. Also at this point you are feeding high glycemic pointing feed so if given in volume, it may trigger the release of insulin and will abruptly drop blood sugar level.
Pointing feed. Feed fine cracked corn, egg white and a little amount of pellets on fight day. The rule is to give more egg white to drier cocks and less to those with lots of body moisture. You can determine this by observing the droppings. The drier the droppings, the drier the cock, and vice versa.
The third and final day session was held at Garces Gamefarm in Minglanilla, Cebu. Among the topics on the final day were the finer points of handling at the pit and day of the fight management. Post-fight care was also discussed by Doc Jayson Jumao-as, a participant turned resource speaker. Doc Jayson was one of the three participants from Warhawk Feeds. The company sent representatives to train on the practical aspects and finer points of game fowl management, to earn additional knowledge, that in turn can be passed on to customers and users of their feed lines.
The first graduates of a PMA Live lessons were: Marco Alcantara, Josh Alcantara, Arturo Lumayag, Carlito Apduhan, Daryl Benemerito, Benjamin Quintana, Fernando Lara, Francisco Kho, Richie Garces, Mark Arandia, Mardonio Nartea, Alexis Laput, Rolando Tacadao, Johnie Namocat, Antonio Limpango Jr, Ulysses Tutor, Kyle Nicole Bunado
Jayson Jumaoas DVM, Jomer Nueva Espana, Julius Abellana, Alvin gregorio, Allan T. Gumanib, Cerilo Perinal, Noel Aldaya, Felipe Areno Jr., Lemuel Go, Jimmy Camposano, Emmanuel Domingo, Rejoy Rocacurva, Alvin Gregorio, Joseph Lucernas, Regil Rocacurva, Exequil s. Garido III.
|Posted by Rey Bajenting on January 17, 2013 at 12:40 AM||comments (0)|
Ever since when we founded Masang Nagmamanok (MANA) sometime in 2008, Among our first and most frequent appeals was for the industry to show the beautiful face of sabong to counter the black propaganda being hurled against the sport. The survival of sabong is all about public relations and numbers game. If time comes that politicians feel they will gain more votes in the elections by taking the side of the anti-sabong, they will not hesitate to do so.
If the companies, that our now taking advantage of the boom in the industry, sense the pressure is too strong they will abandon sabong, for anyway they have other products or even companies to bank on.
So, it will boil down to managing perception. On how successful we would be in showing the good side of sabong. We have the numbers. There are millions of us in the country. And, we have the means to raise funds. GBAs and federations can raise millions out of the derbies. In fact they repeatedly did raise millions. What we obviously lack is unity; and, perhaps, the will.
MANA recognizes the big number of chicken raisers in the country, from native chicken farmers, backyard producers and the sabungeros. But for lack of established mechanism it could not have collective voice. Roosterman online magazine is just a voice of MANA, as an advocate of the promotion of the interest of the common chicken raiser.
Masang Nagmamanok (MANA) is a movement for the promotion of the interest and welfare of common chicken raisers in the country. These includes the backyard breeder and raisers; marginal chicken farmers; and the masang sabungero.
Roosterman online magazine is in the forefront of the fight to protect sabong.
MANA contends and in fact advocates that such a large segment of society should speak and voice out their concerns and opinion even on national issues. Thus, MANA is airing its voice. In doing so, MANA does not pretend or claim that it is representing the collective voice of the millions of chicken raisers and sabungeros in the country. There is no way it can be done. We are are only airing our own voice and opinion as part of our advocacy of promoting the interest and welfare of the common chicken raisers and sabungeros.
Now as the year ends, we thank all those who in one form or another have extended help, support and encouragement. We are looking forward to another fruitful year as far as serving the cause of sabungeros and chickens raisers is concerned.
|Posted by Rey Bajenting on November 27, 2012 at 9:00 PM||comments (0)|
Before you start to incubate, be sure that the incubator is working properly and you know how to operate it.
Place warm water in the humidity pan and adjust the heat source until the incu-bator temperature stays between 99° and 101° F. Check the thermometer frequently for at least 24 hours before you incubate to be sure it will stay at the correct tempera-ture. Heat sources having a thermostat are most reliable. Light bulb units without a thermostat can be difficult to control unless the room temperature is relatively con-stant.
When eggs are placed into an incubator operating at the proper temperature, the temperature will drop. Do not adjust the thermostat upward during this warm up period. The time that the temperature in the unit will remain below normal depends upon the temperature of the eggs and the capacity of the heating unit. This temperature lag period can be reduced by warming the eggs to room temperature before they are placed into the incubator.
After testing the incubator it's important to keep the chicken eggs in a controlled environment for 21 days to be sure of a healthy hatch. The temperature, humidity and ventilation have to be strictly controlled.
The eggs need to be turned three times or more a day; this is to help the chick embryo to develop into a healthy chick during the incubation period. To control the environment keep the incubator in a room free from drafts and where the room temperature remains as constant as possible.
Placing the incubator near an window, heater or vent could cause fluctuations inside the incubator.
Maintain the temperature in the 99-101° F. Place the thermometer to measure the temperature at a level at or slightly above where the center of the egg will be. Overheating the embryo is much more damaging than is under heating it; overheating speeds up embryo development, lowers the percentage of hatchability, and causes abnormal embryos. Although a short cooling period may not be harmful, longer periods of low tempera-tures will reduce the rate of embryo development. Excessively low tem-peratures will kill the embryos. Avoid temperatures outside the 97-103° F. range. If the temperature remains beyond either extreme for several days, hatchability may be severely reduced.
Humidity is also important because of the egg‘s porosity. Keeping adequate humidity in the incubator will help insure that no more moisture than necessary is lost by the developing embryo. Humidity should be adequate for the first 18 days of incubation if the water pan is kept full and covers an area greater than half the floor of the incubator. During the last three days of incubation, adding a large sponge inside the incubator should increase the surface area of water and give the necessary boost to humidity. Low humidity can cause the shell to stick to chicks, rough navels, small chicks, short down, and/or death. High humidity can cause an unabsorbed yolk sac, resulting in the chicks being smeared with yolk.
The relative humidity inside the incubator should be between 50 percent and 60 percent during the first 18 days and between 60 percent and 70 percent during the remainder of the incubation period.
Ventilation is crucial because the embryo is a living organism which exchanges oxygen and carbon dioxide through the shell during the incubation process. The amount of air exchange needed increases as the embryo develops. The vents, which are located above and below the eggs, should be opened gradually until they are fully open the final three days of incubation. Ventilation rates that are too low prevent normal moisture evaporation and cause large weak chicks or death. High ventilation rates remove too much moisture and can cause the shell to stick to the chick, making hatching difficult.
|Posted by Rey Bajenting on November 2, 2012 at 4:40 AM||comments (0)|
Intracellular hydration is the process of hydrating cells from within. It is important in game fowl medicine and conditioning. With the right balance of water and moisture containing proper nutrition, the body receives the fuel it needs to perform its very best
Too much water increases the rooster’s weight which is not necessarily good for combat where power and body weight ratio counts. On the other hand, dehydration weakens the rooster. So how much water is too much and how much is too little?
Fighting action produces heat. In humans prevention of overheating occurs by transfer of heat to the skin by vasodilation of the skin heat circulatory system, and by the cooling effect of evaporation of sweat. Game fowl do not have sweat glands. They cool the body by vasodilation and evaporation through breathing or panting.
Evaporation through panting causes body fluid losses from moisture in exhaled air. Unless these fluid losses are replaced, evaporation will result in progressive depletion of circulating blood volume, leading to dehydration, one effect of which is thickening of blood.
Many cockers believe this is advantageous and they intentionally dehydrate their rooster in advance of the fight to avoid too much blood to flow when the rooster is wounded. But, dehydration strains the cardiovascular system, and increases heart rate in order for the thick blood to circulate to and from the heart to the muscles and other organs. As blood volume depletes, blood flow is reduced. Thus, during drag fights, heat dissipation from the body is impaired, causing body core temperature to rise. In turn, this will result in heat stress that will cause the rooster to pass out, collapse or die prematurely.
Too much water leads to too much body weight. On the other hand dehydration weakens the body. This is a cocker’s predicament. Yet, focusing on intracellular hydration instead of plain hydration may provide the solution.
In game fowl application intracellular hydration could mean that we can load enough fluids and electrolytes to the cells without necessary having the chicken take in too much bulk of water. This can be done by using hydrophilic electrolytes or minerals, instead of plain water or hypotonic drink or even the usual metallic or hydrophobic minerals-based isotonic drinks commonly available in the market.
With the difference in absorbability, a smaller volume of water with hydrophilic mineral contents will be able to provide the body more nutrients and electrolytes than a much larger volume of water containing metallic minerals.
Most game fowl handlers withhold water from their roosters as the day of the fight nears. They have been doing this without necessarily knowing the exact reason. Some say to reduce body weight. Others contend it will avoid blood from flowing when the rooster is wounded. The best scientific explanation, however, is that too much water will result in hypotonic conditions inside the body that will cause the cell to lyse resulting in a phenomenon known as hemolysis. Hemolysis is the breakdown of the red blood cells that contains hemoglobin, the protein that transports oxygen within the body. Breakdown of red blood cells hampers distribution of oxygen around the body, muscles and vital organs, and thus affects performance. Less water with hydrophilic minerals, however, will not result in hypotonic conditions but it will contain nutrients and minerals enough to avoid dehydration.
The best type of mineral you can introduce into the game fowl’s body is a plant derived hydrophilic mineral. Hydrophilic minerals originally came from the earth through the root of a plant. They consist of macro-molecular organic matter and polymeric precipitates because they have been digested by the plant. A hydrophilic mineral has a negative electrical charge and forms direct hydrogen bonds with water. Therefore it is water soluble and easy to dissolve without digestion. Almost 100% of a hydrophilic mineral is assimilated by the body and is made bio-available for the body’s use.
Plant-derived minerals are far superior to other mineral forms because they are water soluble and easier for your body to assimilate and absorb.
|Posted by Rey Bajenting on October 17, 2012 at 8:40 PM||comments (0)|
Among the prime concerns of game fowl conditioning is to achieve what is called as proper body moisture. It is no secret that a game cock performance also depends on its body moisture. Too much or too little water in the cock’s body could tell the deference between good and bad performance. Cockfighters are often in the lost on how to achieve this.
Water is very important for bodily functions as the chicken’s body like most other living things are composed of much water. However, a game cock needs a body that it is not too wet in order for it to perform well, especially during the day of the actual fight.
This could be solved by focusing on intracellular hydration instead of plain hydration.
“First, let’s distinguish what “hydration” really is. What is the difference between “hydration”, “rehydration”, cellular rehydration” and “cellular hydration”. Most people confuse or equate “hydration” and “rehydration” as being one in the same, which is not exactly correct as hydration is “before” exercise or activity and rehydration is “after” exercise or activity. Now with that in mind, the term rehydration in the most basic sense (in the minds of the majority of consumers) relates to the replenishment of water, electrolytes, or a combination of water and electrolytes lost through exercise, strenuous activity or dehydration and the term hydration means to “load” the body with fluids prior to strenuous exercise or activity. In terms of auto racing, hydration is before the race and rehydration is after the race. That established, what is the difference between hydration and cellular hydration – rehydration and cellular rehydration? Well, this is where you need to follow along a little bit closer. Hydration and rehydration are both the replenishment of electrolytes “outside” of the cells. Hydration would be the loading of fluids prior to the race and rehydration after the race, and again, this occurs “outside” of the cells.”
True “cellular hydration” or “cellular rehydration” is the chemical process that occurs at the cellular level (inside the cell) – where in the cell is actually hydrated directly and as the cells swell up (with the proper nutrients), it triggers an anabolic mechanism in the body, which is a healing mechanism. This is the “real” and meaningful hydration or rehydration we need. True cellular level hydration and rehydration is accompanied by positive nitrogen balance, protein synthesis, and growth hormone release. In simpler terms – true cellular rehydration means the body begins immediately “healing itself” or better stated – it begins “recovery”. Muscles begin their recovery, tissue begins repair, energy is restored and the body begins to “recharge” itself – it recovers more fully and completely – physiologically and physically. True cellular level hydration (before an event) not only loads the cells with ample supply of nutrient and fluid, but also results in a reduction of cell acidity, reduced autoimmune response, increased fat burning, DNA repair, and increased resistance to viruses.” (“Terry Giles IFPA Master Trainer & Certified Performance Nutritional Specialist and Co-Founder of IHS, LLC.)-- Read more about it on Roosterman No. 20
|Posted by Rey Bajenting on October 5, 2012 at 5:45 AM||comments (0)|
About a month before you start mating, the breeders should be deloused, dewormed and treated to bacterial flushing. Deworm the chickens with a reliable dewormer. Deloused them. Then give antibiotics for flushing. For this purpose, instead of chemical antibiotics, we give garlic, a natural antibiotic. Garlic has Allicin, an antibacterial compound. Because of this garlic is known as nature’s antibiotic.
We at RB Sugbo Gamefowl Technology only use commercial pharmaceutical antibiotics when there is outbreak of disease. However, it is known that among the bad effects of antibiotic is that it cannot distinguish good bacteria from the bad, thereby killing both. It is therefore necessary that we give probiotic to the breeders after bacterial flushing to replenish the good bacteria killed by antibiotic. We also advice that you incorporate in the nutrition program probiotic and organic feeding methods.
The day after the bacterial flushing is completed immediately start giving probiotics such as Super Manok performance enhancer probiotic supplement, or any other good probiotic product. The two most opportune time to start probiotic application are on the first day of the chicks life and after use of antibiotics. In both cases, the good bacteria in the probiotics will have a good foothold in the micro flora of the chicken in the absence of rival bad bacteria.
Also give the breeders ample vitamin supplement. B complex and vitamins A,D,E. the hens need lots of calcium and phosphorous. The probiotics will help in the efficient absorption of nutrients, including vitamins and minerals.
Another very important element to aid fertilility and well being are herbs. Mix malunggay leaves and onions with the feed. Malunggay or moringa will increase the brood fowl’s fertility.
For feeds, give breeders pellets. Pick breeders’ pellet brands without antibiotic additive.
We at RB Sugbo also give our breeders flax seed for additional Omega 3 that will aid in egg laying rate , egg quality and fertility. It is also better to check the ph level of the water we give our chickens. Avoid water that is too acidic. Most tap water are on the acidic side and are chlorinated.
Trim the spurs of the cock. Long spurs will hurt the hens. Trim the vent feathers of both the brood cocks and hens.
Brood cocks should be just a little over their fighting weight. The hens should be neither too fat nor too thin.
Separate the brood cock from the hens when feeding. Otherwise the brood cock will offer its share to the hens.
|Posted by Rey Bajenting on September 25, 2012 at 11:30 PM||comments (0)|
Progressive sequence mating is another breeding principle of RB Sugbo Gamefowl Technology.
The desire of all breeders should be to improve his stock from one generation to another. Meaning, the current generation should be better than the previous one, and the next generation better than the current one. This is progressive sequence program.
The best way to assess results of your mating is to measure the pit performance of the current generation against the previous generation. This could be done by comparing the win percentage of the offspring with the average win percentage of the brood cock and its brothers and the hens’ brothers. This is the most effective provided that certain perimeters of standards are observed. Meaning, the fights that are subject of the statistics are more or less of the same caliber.
This objective process, however, would take a lot of sampling and would be sometimes unavailable. For example you may not have knowledge of the results of the fights of all the individuals in the families to which your acquired brood cock and hens belonged.
A less objective but most handy way to assess results of a mating, moreover, if the line is new to you and, therefore, not enough of produce have been fought to merit an evaluation through pit performance, is by comparing the attributes of the male offspring to those of the father. This might be subjective, but depending on your selection and evaluation capabilities, this process is also effective. At any rate, there is a very high correlation between expert’s opinion and win percentage. In you are a new breeder of the bloodline, your only option is to resort to the latter manner of assessing the results of your mating.
With the principle of progressive sequence in mind, and using the latter method of assessment, there will be four likely possible results:
1. The offspring are super.
2. The offspring are better than the father.
3. The offspring are about equal to the father.
4. The offspring are less than the father.
For each of the possibilities, we recommend corresponding subsequent matings to do in order to keep the line progressive.
The complete chapter on progressive sequence breeding is on the coming book “The Practical Breeder: Ideas that work.” soon to be published by RB Sugbo GT.
|Posted by Rey Bajenting on September 6, 2012 at 3:00 AM||comments (0)|
Something big and good for cockfighting is going to happen.
For years, Masang Nagmamanok (MANA), had been calling for something like this to happen. Now it is approaching reality. We thought our call would remain a dream. We knew the call would remain an aspiration, unless somebody more capable than MANA would step in.
It was sometime in year 2007 that MANA was formed as an advocacy group. Among its advocacies are the promotion of the interest, welfare and common good of the ordinary sabungeros and, of course, the preservation of sabong as sport, livelihood, industry and cultural heritage.
We managed to somehow move on inasmuch as promoting the interest of the common sabungeros is concerned. With the help of companies like Excellence Poultry and Livestock Specialist, Bmeg, Secret Weapon, Power Bullet, Supermax, Daily Green and Warhawk; and sabong media such as Pit Games, Llamado magazine, Global Cockfights Live and Sabong Radyo, MANA has facilitated some help to the small chicken raisers. We offered technology transfer through the internet and through seminars, trainings, and publications. We also have effected game fowl dispersal activities and promoted cockfight events to help fund social and civic actions.
However, our call for Pinoy sabungeros to take a unified action to protect sabong against the animal welfare juggernaut, seemed to fall on deaf ears. “Nothing bad will ever happen to sabong in the Philippines,’ most said. What was a present danger to us, was not clear to others.
But, while we are not even thinking about it, the opponents are doing a lot about it. And, they are making headway. Thus, I fear our lack of fear.
Yes, I fear because I see and understand much how good the opponents are at propaganda. Their propaganda program includes “subliminals” with long-term objectives. They are not asking sabungeros to give up sabong, they are scaring future sabungeros from taking up the sport. If this will work, the industry profile for the future will change… then we will be robbed of our cultural heritage and many of us will lose additional income, if not entire livelihood.
Then, here comes Mr. Manny Berbano with the news that cockfighting will now put up a fight!
Along with his friends from the United States, Mexico, Guam, Puerto Rico, Spain, Peru, Chile, Columbia and other countries where cockfighting should have been a matter of cultural right, boss Manny will organize the resistance.
I will not preempt boss Manny. He will, in due time, make the pronouncement and announce the details himself. All I can say is that this is something big and good for cockfighting and MANA will be all out behind the effort.
Boss Manny and friends thank you.
To the millions of sabungeros, let’s put up one hell of fight. Sabong needs it!
|Posted by Rey Bajenting on July 13, 2012 at 3:15 AM||comments (0)|
An Open Letter
Through Mr. Manny Berbano,
Publisher Pit Games magazine,
Isn’t it about time, that somebody organize a movement in defense of Sabong? Then, if so, would the National Federation of Gamefowl Breeders spearhead it? (Support this call. Join an online petition. Pls click here. )
Recently there have been bills filed in Congress proposing amendment to RA 8485 or the Animal Welfare Act of 1998. Mostly these bills call for the strengthening of the Act and the imposition of more severe penalties.
HB 5849 filed by Congresswoman Bernadette Herrera-Dy of the Bagong Henerasyon Party List seeks to amend the Animal Welfare Act (or Republic Act 8485) and increase penalties for those who have committed acts of cruelty to animals
Guimaras Representative JC Rahman Nava authored House Bill 6049 that deals with welfare obligations, offenses on animals, and likewise seeks to impose heavy penalties on maltreatment and killing of animals, including by fights between animals.
These are only two that we know of so far, probably there might be more. The Herrera-Dy bill seems harmless to cockfighting, but the NAVA bill appears to touch on gray areas. There are at least 6 sections in the NAVA bill with provisions that could affect cockfighting or at least inconvenient game fowl raisers.
Regardless, this generation of bills currently in Congress could actually affect or not cockfighting, the reality is with the current international trend and calls for stronger animal protection measures, cockfighting will always remain threatened.
Unless, we could do something about it, before it is too late.
Agusan del Sur Congressman Rodolfo "Ompong" Plaza filed a bill to declare cockfighting as part of Philippine heritage. That could have done the job but obviously it did not prosper. If cockfighting is declared part of natural heritage, then it could be protected under Article XIV of the Constitution.
At present the only laws legitimizing cockfighting are Presidential Decree 449 or the Cockfighting Law of 1974 and PD 1802, amending, strengthening and incorporating PD 449. But many provisions of these PDs have been superseded or amended, by more current legislations, mainly the Local Government Code, and maybe indirectly by the Animal Welfare Act. Cockfighting is now standing on shaky legal ground.
Moreover, and more alarming, discord and disunity have recently disturbed our ranks.
The opponents with their might and savvy will surely pounce on the situation. Unless, we act before it’s too late. NFGB should lead the fight and movement to defend sabong.
Why NFGB? It is simply, because there is no other as capable.
NFGB is the biggest and foremost federation of breeders and cockers. It is in the position to establish trends in cockfighting. Also, it is well respected that it could persuade other persons, organizations, entities concerned to join the cause.
NFGB also has the organization. It has affiliate GBAs in almost all the regions. It can easily conduct information campaigns through these organizations. Signatures in support of the cause could be garnered during each of the dozens of elimination and semi-final rounds of the Bakbakan in the different provinces and regions. NFGB may also persuade companies conducting seminars and product presentations nationwide to help. Ads maybe created by professionals to be placed with game fowl media such as the sabong magazines and the TV shows at discounted cost or public service. Posters can be placed in all cockpits. NFGB could do many more.
Moreover, NFGB can raise the funds. With its influence, capabilities and organization it is capable of raising the necessary funds.
NFGB indeed can do a lot. There could be no other organization capable of doing so much. It should do something now, not only because of the apparent moves to strengthen the Animal Welfare Act, but also amid talks of a Charter change. How a new Constitution would be framed could determine the fate of cockfighting.
And, it is timely, because of the coming elections. Our representatives will be reaching out to us for votes, in turn, we may also reach out to them for support.
By leading this movement, NFGB will be addressing the aspirations of millions of Filipino sabungeros. It will unite the bayang sabungero.
Today is never too early to act. Tomorrow may be too late. (Support this call. Pls click here. )
Isang masang nagmamanok
|Posted by Rey Bajenting on June 29, 2012 at 1:50 PM||comments (0)|
Time and again I am asked to explain my theory of pointing as all about stress management. So time and again I have to do the explaining. The principle is that stress triggers the releases of adrenaline. And, adrenaline is the hormone responsible for turning the body into optimum mode.
When man or animal feel fear or is faced with danger, the body undergoes change. The stressor -- for example, the sight of an enemy -- stimulates the hypothalamus that sends out a chemical signal to the adrenal glands, activating what is called the sympathetic system, which sends the body into a state of excitement. These glands release adrenaline (epinephrine) and noradrenaline (norepinephrine), hormones that create the state of readiness that helps mind and body face danger; raise heart rate, increase respiration, dilate the pupils, slow down digestion and allow muscles to contract.
These prepare the body to deal with danger. They make the animal more agile, allow to take in more information and help use more energy. And, adrenaline's effect on muscles accounts for amazing strength. Adrenaline acts on muscles, allowing them to contract more than they normally can.
When adrenaline is released blood flows more easily to the muscles. Thus,more oxygen is carried to the muscles, in turn, muscles function at higher levels. Skeletal muscles are activated by electrical impulses from the nervous system. When they're stimulated, muscles contract, meaning they shorten and tighten. This is what happens when a rooster strikes. Adrenaline also facilitates the conversion of the body's fuel source (glycogen) into its fuel (glucose). A sudden burst of glucose also allows muscles to strengthen further.
So does this mean that optimal strength is unlocked when mind and body are confronted with danger? Yes. If this happens to a rooster up in the pit then that rooster is at pointed state.
But why don't the body possess this optimal strength all the time?
While muscles may possess potential strength that can be tapped when faced with danger, this can also have dangerous repercussions. Muscles suddenly used beyond their capacity can tear.
Also stressor are short-lived. The body begins to relax and returns to its normal state after a few tense minutes. After the stressor is gone, the parasympathetic system kicks in. This system plays a role opposite of the sympathetic system. When the parasympathetic system takes over, heart rate slows again, breathing returns to normal, muscles relax and nonessential function immediately begin again. The hypothalamus, which is responsible for triggering both the sympathetic response in the face of danger and the parasympathetic response after the danger has passed, is ultimately responsible for achieving a balance between both. This balance is called homeostasis.
When the body stays in an excited state for a prolonged period, it enters the state of exhaustion. When this happens to a rooster, then that rooster is experiencing what we call as off syndrome.
|Posted by Rey Bajenting on June 23, 2012 at 6:40 AM||comments (0)|
Bio technology is the method of the future for the game fowl. But believe it or not, the inspiration that drew a research group into coming out with a technology it calls “Rooster Biotechnology” came from the past. Bio dynamic farming is not new. What is new is its application on game fowl raising and the products that are being used.
Thus, inspired by its recent advances in its “Rooster Biotech” and the desire to share it with the masang sabungero, RB Sugbo Gamefowl Technology is preparing a digital demonstration featuring bio technology. It is entitled “Fast Forward to the Past.” (Click here link to the trailer found at the article "Digital demonstration on biotechnology for game fowl released soon" http://blakliz.wordpress.com/)
The digital presentation will come in 3 parts. Part 1 will be an introduction to bio technology for game fowl. Part 2 will be the role of environment. The last part will deal on the role of probiotics.
The digital version will be complemented by a downloadable e-pamphlet that will explain further the idea and application of Rooster Biotechnology.
Both the digital and the accompanying e-pamphlet will be available next month. Complete details of its release will be announced on the July, 2012 issue of Roosterman online magazine.
Rooster Biotech which is being implemented this year at Scorpion Ox Gamefarm in Argao, Cebu has registered its best year in terms of crop quality and harvest.
Among the bloodlines being tested in the project are RB Sugbo’s ponkan, sugbo lemon and the blakliz; as well as the different sweaters, hatches and yellow legged hatch of Scorpion Ox.
RB Sugbo Gamefowl Technology has been promoting natural, organic and probiotic methods in raising game fowl. These methods will not only produce better chickens, they will also show that we sabungeros are also concerned with the ecology. RB Sugbo’s Rooster Biotech method is aimed at achieving the purpose.
|Posted by Rey Bajenting on June 5, 2012 at 11:30 AM||comments (0)|
The RB Sugbo bio-organic management system or Rooster Biotech, is aimed at instituting harmonious interrelationship between land and animals, and respect for their physiological and behavioral needs. This can be achieved by a combination of providing proper feeds and probiotic supplement; appropriate stocking rates, overall animal husbandry systems that fit behavioral needs, and management practices that seek to promote health and wellness and prevent diseases.
Every game fowl breeder aspires for healthy stock. As healthy young chickens grow into mighty fierce warriors. And, we believe that on pleasant ecosystem grows healthy and good chickens.
It is important to understand that biological farming is not new. Generations of farmers have successfully followed this farming method. They knew how to work the land and understood the process of harnessing nature. Biological farming today is a system that uses nature and science to build the quality of the soil with the understanding that healthy soil will be able to support healthy crops and livestock. It takes advantage of natural processes, which promote good soil, healthy crops, and healthy animals. This means using natural systems to improve soil structure; control weeds, pests, and diseases, and improve crop and livestock quality.
Soil that is healthy contains a balance between the organic particles that serve as plant food and the living micro-organisms like bacteria, fungi, algae and the larger ones like earthworms. These organisms process and decompose the inert mineral and organic materials, thereby feeding the plants. An optimally productive soil contains a perfect balance of inorganic minerals, organic (carbon-based) materials, and living organisms, all contained within a physical structure that absorbs and holds water to facilitate natural chemical reactions that feed plants perfectly.
Excessive use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides can upset this balance in the soil, the exact opposite of what is required.
Biological farming, when applied to game fowl, also makes economic sense. The input costs of antibiotics and chemicals are reduced as the healthier chickens are more disease resistant.
The biological approach to farming yields soil that is healthy and able to support healthy crops. These crops are nutrient dense – meaning that they contain higher concentrations of plant sugars, minerals and amino acids and therefore have a higher nutritional value. And, these plants and microorganism in the soil will be eaten by the chickens providing a balance nutrient input and better absorption. Biological method applied to game fowl raising is by no means the easiest method but the results are worth it and following a biological approach means that Nature will always be there to lend a hand.
|Posted by Rey Bajenting on May 21, 2012 at 12:25 PM||comments (0)|
NFGB is the nearest thing to a governing body in Philippine cockfighting. With its reputation, membership, scope and influence, NFGB may be able to dictate the rules. It has no reason to be insecure and threatened by the entry of any new federation. Thus, wouldn’t it be for its own good if NFGB see to it that the rules would be fair to all and will result in further development of the sport?
Here are four things we love to see NFGB do.
No. 1. Give more to those who have less. Standards should be set at levels affordable even to the smaller breeder/member. For example circular of Feb 3, 2012 affects the smaller breeders most. The rich breeders would not mind having several entries at P15 thousand each. But many masang sabungero could not afford more than one or two entries at P15k entry fee. Maybe, in addition to their Bakbakan entries, they should be given a chance to also have entries in derbies of another federation at lesser entry fee. Big breeders with hundreds and even thousands of stags can always find ways in participating in both Bakbakan and Digmaan. They can have a set of stags banded by Bakbakan under their names and have another set of stags banded by Digmaan, under other names. But the small breeders who only have 50 stags can’t do this. If only double banding is allowed, then they could have some options after complying with NFGB’s requirement of at least one entry in Bakbakan.
No. 2. Give all the pot money as prizes. Doesn’t NFGB realize that derby promoters are a lucky lot? There is no need to push their luck too far.
When you promote a boxing match, a basketball game, and most other sporting events, the organizer or promoter must have to pay the protagonists or players or put up the prizes. In return the promoter gets the gate receipts and revenues from sponsors and advertisement. In a derby promotion the promoter gets the gate receipts, the revenues from sponsorship and ads without, most of the time, paying the players or putting up the prize money. Yes, because the participants of the derby themselves put up the prize money by contributing to what is called the pot money.
Tradition, fair practice and propriety call that the total pot money minus the standard 10% for the promoter should constitute the prize money to be allocated to champion, runner-up, insurance etc. The pot belongs to the participants, and as such should be returned to them in form of prizes. Rebates may also be a form of consolation prizes.
A guaranteed prize is a come-on to attract participants to the derby because there is a minimum winnable prize at stake. A guaranteed prize, is supposed to set the minimum, not the maximum amount of prize. It should not mean that if the pot money exceeds the guaranteed prize, the promoter can keep the excess to disburse at will, which is what is being done in Bakbakan.
Shouldn’t any amount from the pot money in excess of the guaranteed prize be considered part of the pot money which is owned by the participants, not part of the promoter’s cut? Take for example the case of Bakbakan 2011. There were 4,438 entries in the 2011 Bakbakan paying P15,000 each for a total pot money of P66,570,000. And according to NFGB, after paying off the prizes, the excess amounted to P18,913,000. (Meaning NFGB gave some P47M in prizes?) Isn’t the excess of about P19M which is almost 30% of the total pot money, too much for a promoter’s cut?
NFGB may say that it is legal because it is in the invitation, which may also serve as contract. Maybe on that aspect it is legal. However, is it moral or proper taking a 30% rake of the pot money? Since, NFGB prides itself of being the fairest, the question now is: does NFGB consider fair the taking as cut 30% of the pot money? Should fairness be limited to the conduct of the derby, or, should it be extended to other matters such as allocation of money owned by participants?
No. 3. Reduce the entry fee. If Bakbakan will only give all the pot money, it could easily reduce the entry fee and still come up with a very attractive prize. With the projection of 5,000 entries, this year, NFGB could have set the entry fee at P8,800 and still safely come up with the P40M guaranteed prize. Had NFGB done it Bakbakan stands to end up with much more entries than the 5,000 projection. Breeders will then have second thought in joining Digmaan for P6,600 with a guaranteed prize of only P10M when with additional 2,200 and a couple of stags more they could vie for P40M. Most important NFGB could have made a lot of smaller breeders happy. But NFGB could not do this if it is bent on getting a large portion of the pot money as its cut. By doing so, NFGB reduces the attractiveness of Bakbakan, due to high entry fee, and thus exposes it to competition by Digmaan. Sad to say, the large rake from the pot money and the circular have benefitted Digmaan without PFGB, having to lift a finger
No. 4. Special consideration to OFWs. OFWs are not just sitting behind the comfort of their computers they are working hard abroad to earn. OFWs have contributed much to the development of cockfighting in the Philippines. The OFWs, despite being abroad, saw to it that they buy or produce chickens and participate in derbies here. Their plaints should be heard even if their only means of expressing opinion is by posting to websites and social networks. Let’s not expect them to go to offices and personally air their plaints. Instead, NFGB might as well set up a website on which OFWs can post comments or update themselves with the latest developments, events, information on sabong in the country. MANA is trying to do it but NFGB could do it much, much better with its vast resources and logistics. NFGB may also see to it that Bakbakan elims, semis and finals will have free live streaming. How much would that cost? An additional P5,000 per derby day is not too much. Some one at NFGB ought to understand this. It’s simple public relations or customer relations.
NFGB may or may not consider our suggestions, but the fact is that with all the respect and trust breeders hold for NFGB, many expect wonderful things from the federation, that they can easily be disenchanted. However, when it comes to participating in Bakbakan, many of the participants don’t mind. To them it is the thrill of participation, not winning the P40M. Anyway that is farfetched or patsamba. The probability of scoring 11 straight wins is 1:2048. To others it is a sense of belonging to the marangal; still to others it is a badge of credibility as breeder and come on to attract buyers of their chickens.
We are just appealing to the organizers. The burden is on them whether or not they will take advantage of the situation, throw all spirit of fairness and sportsmanship to the wind and go ahead earn big buck; anyway breeders keep on participating. But, sirs, isn’t Bakbakan doing pretty well enough without having to take additional rake or impose additional restrictions to members?
Just asking. (Read Roosterman Magazine it's free!)
|Posted by Rey Bajenting on May 12, 2012 at 9:25 AM||comments (0)|
NFGB reiterated recently its warning contained in a circular that members should not support any other federation or else get out of NFGB. So it is clear. NFGB would not listen to the cry of the masang sabungero which is clearly manifested in polls, posts to various sites and social networks on the web, and in tsikahan at gatherings and at the sabungan. Well, that’s how the bosses at NFGB wanted to play it. Whether they were already drunk with power or not, we couldn’t do anything about what decision NFGB would make. Now, It is our turn to make decisions.
There are options left to the members. The intrepid ones may go ahead and also join Digmaan and see if NFGB will really make true its threat and expel all those who defied; or, NFGB might be selective in going about it and expel some and spare some; or, who knows, NFGB may not impose any sanction at all.
Another option is to register protest by not joining Bakbakan at all. This is a bold move that a dauntless gentleman would make. This will show NFGB that breeders will not die without Bakbakan.
Still, another option, that I believe most breeders/members will take, is to bow to the king. After all Bakbakan is the “fairest.” It is also the richest with P40M at stake.
But before this P40M will entice us to the point of sacrificing principles, let’s consider the following: 1) NFGB projects no less than 5,000 entries in the coming Bakbakan. At P15 thousand each, it would mean P75M in entry fee alone. Minus the guaranteed prize of what? P40M? Then, there will be an excess of P35M. Good if they give the P35M excess as additional prize money or rebates to participants. But what if NFGB will again, as its usual practice, keep it to themselves and to the GBAs for them to spend as they wish? The point here is that Bakbakan will bring more good to NFGB than to the participants.
Notwithstanding that it stands to earn millions in plasada, gate revenues, sponsorship, NFGB still takes a big rake from the entry fee, which rightfully belongs to the participants. 2) Mathematically, P15 thousand rolled over and winning 11 times would amount to more than P30M. How much did the past Bakbakan champions made? How much do we think will the champion this year make? Of course, this is not accurate as there are complications, but the point is let’s not be enticed by our own money.
Yes, our own money. Sad to say, but NFGB lords over us using the power of our own money. Let’s not take anything away from NFGB. It is true, Bakbakan is the mother of all stag derbies. What we are asking is just for NFGB to be considerate with the small breeders and the masang sabungero for they are the ones that will be harshly affected by the ruling. The rich breeders would not mind having several entries at P15 thousand each. But many masang sabungero, myself included, could not afford more than one or two entries at P15k entry fee. Maybe, in addition to their Bakbakan entries, they should be given a chance to also have entries in say Rambulan or Digmaan for a lesser entry fee. But they can’t do this without jeopardizing their membership with NFGB.
Big breeders with hundreds and even thousands of stags can always find ways in participating in both Bakbakan and Digmaan. They can have a set of stags banded by Bakbakan under their names and have another set of stags banded by Digmaan, under other names. But the small breeders who only have 50 stags can’t do this. If only double banding is allowed, then they could have some options after complying with NFGB’s requirement of at least one entry in Bakbakan.
And, let’s remind NFGB why they should also listen to the masang sabungero. It is because a significant portion of the money raised from every Bakbakan derby came from the small timers and from the OFWs who despite being abroad saw to it that they participate in derbies here. Their plaints should be heard even if their only means of expressing opinion is by posting to websites and social networks. Let’s not expect them to go to offices and personally air their plaints. These OFWs are not sitting behind the comfort of their computers they are working hard abroad to earn.
Obviously, not all of the millions NFGB earned over the years did come from the rich. Problem is rich people can’t see the poor man’s predicaments because they don’t encounter these predicaments.