Fighting roosters. Siquijor, Philippines, February 2008.

Fighting cocks in the Philippines: the video

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  Philippines: Visayas - February 2008

Atmosphere of madness, in an arena of cockfighting, in the Philippines! This video was shot in 2008 on the small island of Siquijor, in the Visayas. Sensitive souls refrain.

Fighting roosters: the video

In February 2008, I told you from the Philippines about my visit to the cockfighting arena from the village of Enrique Villanueva, on the island of Siquijor. After the story and the photos, here is finally the video!

You will be able to get an idea of the atmosphere of madness (almost exclusively male) that reigns around these gallinace well edgy. In the Philippines, these cockfights are the subject of passionate betting. Some bet very big and leave more than feathers.

[EDIT, January 2018: Forgive the poor quality of these images, filmed with a modest compact camera with a 480 or 640 pixel video mode, I do not remember, at a time when 4K did not exist yet. where the iPhone3G would become the new technological jewel in fashion.]

To read also → Well sharpened feathers by my fellow Quebec journalist Marie-Julie Gagnon, who bounces on my article in her blog Taxi Brousse, to take stock of the situation of cockfighting in the world ...

  Philippines: Visayas - February 2008

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  1. What a crazy atmosphere! I think I passed by this small village, but I did not have the chance (and especially the time!) To see these gallinaceans in action in the arena 😉

    Nice editing anyway. I love music, which sticks very well to video!

  2. • In Thib> If I believe the story of your blog, you've necessarily gone through Enrique Villanueva, it's on the road to the East from Sandugan, a little before Salaagdong.

    The cockfights are organized every Sunday, explained Neal, our dive guide who sweetly converted that day, for me and my friends, as a tour guide. 🙂

    I had a lot of fun editing the sequences. I have tried to restore the best this atmosphere boosted with all these guys who make up the bets in every fight. Really amazing.

    The funniest, on the way back, was this kid on a motorbike who was following our truck, holding at arm's length one of the cocks occis ... Perfect sequence for the "fall" of my little video montage! 😆

    Finally, for music, I used one of the small royalty free sequences provided by my editing software. After several tries, I realized it was the one that "stuck" the best. Your impressions comfort me in my choice!


  3. Hello Corinne
    I discover your blog.
    I find your video interesting.
    By cons music is not so suitable, in my opinion ...
    But I understand your little choice.
    Thank you in any case for this discovery.
    Basically, how would I say ... It's a bit bestial but I understand that this is a tradition.
    I will not pass judgment, but I do not think to organize at home 😉
    That's it, thank you, I continue to discover your journeys ...

  4. Hello Yves, and welcome! 🙂

    The music I chose is only in introduction and in conclusion, to bring a little offbeat touch and "play down" the cock fight. I can understand that you do not find it suitable.

    But my idea was to show, precisely, that what may seem "bestial" seen from here, is a distraction very banal and much appreciated there. For the guys who were with us, it was never anything more than a cool idea of "Sunday's outing".

    Bets are not officially allowed everywhere, but cockfighting is also raging in countries like Indonesia or Thailand, for example. Until then, I had not yet had the opportunity to witness this kind of "distraction". That said, I understand very well that we can find something unpleasant. The worst part of the case is less the blood of the fighting fowl than the huge sums lost by the punters. And they are numerous to ruin themselves.

    Finally, do not worry, I will not organize at home ... 😆

    Have a good trip on "Little Bubbles Elsewhere".


  5. This reminds me of the famous debate for or against bullfighting?
    I love to open the topic of conversation with friends. The passions are unleashed.
    And yet ... 😉

  6. One thing is certain: I will not open the debate here. The "for or against" are often the occasion of peremptory judgments and too reductive for my taste, especially on blogs ...

  7. To Marie-Julie:

    I just read your article on "Taxi-Brousse". Very good extension of information. I will not add the link in mine. 😉

    Finally, thanks for the link from Moby. I'll go and have a look. Perhaps an interesting track to get out of the hard drive a whole bunch of underwater videos that I have sounded but that I do not prefer to broadcast as is, for reasons of rights ...

    See you soon via blogs and have a good day!