Cock-Fighting in Boracay

Cockfighting in Boracay is very popular with locals. This should not be surprising as it is popular all over the Philippines. For those who are visiting the island, this is something you can check out. 

 
Location
 
The venues are located in Balabag. If you are on the island, you can reach the place by getting a ride at boat station 2. 
 
What to See
 
When you get to the venue, you have to present your ticket. If you prefer, you can place a bet on one of the cocks. Numerous fights are held so you have to select one from the database. The cocks and their handlers come out after the wagers are placed. 
 
The competition begins. If you placed a bet and the cock prevails, you will win some money. These venues are always full of people, but it is even more packed during the big events. 
 
History
 
Cockfighting in Boracay and the Philippines goes back centuries ago. There is evidence it was already around since the 1830s. Regardless of when it originated, there is no question that it has become embedded in Philippine culture. Cockfighting takes place all around the country. 
 
The methods for raising the cocks vary per owner, but many elements remain unchanged during competition. Razor blades are strapped on their legs. The fight ends when one of the cocks is dead. 
 
Cost 
 
Before you can enter the venue, you have to pay for a ticket seat. The type of seat you choose dictates the price. When you are at the venue, you can place a bet on the fighting cocks. 
 
The fighting cocks themselves are very expensive. They cost thousands of pesos and require special care and attention. If you are going to the venue, you can negotiate for the price. You can get discounts for the fare. 
 
These competitions, especially the derbies, are almost always sold out. If you want to get tickets, try to book as early as possible. This way you do not run out of tickets. 
 
Other Info
 
These cockfighting events are held on Saturdays and Sundays. The large scale events (known as derbies) take place on Sundays. The bets are bigger than the usual. The amount that you can bet varies per competition. There are also specific rules that govern these wagers. 
 
Cockfighting in Boracay is not usually regarded as one of the top tourist attractions on the island. But many come to watch the fights, as it gives you insights on Philippine culture.

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