The arena was circular, like most cockfighting arenas found in Cebu and I was just fortunate that when I visited this place in San Nicolas, Cebu City’s old quarter, el pueblo antiguo, that Rizal visited, there was a cockfight going on. Motorcycles and cars were parked infront of it.
I’ve always been curious what happens inside. While I’m familiar with the tigbakay, impromptu cockfighting sessions which are illegal and made in some open place in the barangay, like spider fights, I haven’t stepped foot inside an actual arena. This time, I fed my curiosity, entered, paid the P20 peso entrance and went about shooting.
Its better organized, legal and with big game players gracing the event. When the betting begins, it can get noisy and rowdy with the kristos, one who get the bets, calling out and with strange gesticulations that only the other players now. Once bets are placed, all is in a hush as the battle ensues, all eyes are at the center as the cocks fight it out to the death. Within a minute or two, its over.
Another death at the arena.