Live sabong, or cockfighting, is a popular spectator sport in the Philippines. It dates back centuries and is deeply ingrained in Filipino culture. In fact, many historians believe that live sabong was introduced to the Philippines by the Chinese during the Sung Dynasty.
s888 live login Cockfighting pits two specially bred roosters against each other in a fight to the death. A referee oversees the fights and typically lasts 15 minutes or less. Cockfights are often held in cockpit arenas, which are large, amphitheater-like venues specifically designed for the sport.
Cockfighting is a controversial sport; it is illegal in many countries around the world. However, it remains popular in the Philippines and shows no signs of waning popularity any time soon. Read on if you’re interested in learning more about this unique Filipino tradition.
How Cockfights Work
As mentioned above, cockfights pit two specially bred roosters—called gamecocks—against each other in a fight to the death. Prior to the fight, the gamecocks’ natural weapons (spurs and talons) are trimmed, and they are also fitted with sharp blades called gaffs, which are attached to their legs just below the knee.
Once the gamecocks are fitted with their gaffs, they are placed in separate cages called stipulation cages or forks until it is time for them to enter the ring. The referee inspects both birds prior to the start of the fight to ensure that they are fit to compete and that their gaffs meet regulatory standards.
The cockfight itself is overseen by a referee and typically lasts 15 minutes or less. Once the birds are released into the ring, they will slash at each other with their gaffs until one of them dies or is so severely wounded that it can no longer continue fighting. In some cases, particularly bloody or brutal fights may be stopped sooner if deemed necessary by the referee.
Cockfighting remains a popular spectator sport in spite of criticism from animal rights activists; it is estimated that there are now 3% more cockfights taking place in Indonesia since the country enacted a nationwide ban on them in 2018. Whether you think cockfighting is cruel or not, there’s no denying that it’s a uniquely Filipino tradition with centuries of history behind it.