Do you know there are many Filipinos in America who are into game fowl farming in the Philippines and thus regularly commute between the United States and their native country to raise their birds and sometimes enjoy sabong inside the cockpit arena and in the process contribute to the economy?
One of those Pinoys is Vency A. Maranan, a graduate of the San Beda College in Manila and a long-time resident of New Jersey who hails from a town in Laguna named after national hero Dr. Jose Rizal who himself must have loved cockfighting as he devoted a chapter in his masterpiece Noli Me Tangere to the native game which was entitled The Cockpit.
Vency was featured in Pit Games Magazine (Issue No. 41) for his success in breeding at his Rizal, Laguna game farm and his winning ways in the derbies. The issue, copies of which are available online and at the Pit Games Media, Inc. office at the Prince Gregory Condominium on 12th Ave., Brgy. Socorro, Cubao, Quezon City, or at the Excellence Poultry and Livestock Specialist office, Unit 605 6th Floor, Spark Place, P. Tuazon cor. 10th Ave., Brgy. Socorro, Cubao, Quezon City, also features Hawaiian breeder Edward Sumitani, still strong at 90, Texas breeder J. B. Lawrence and brothers Jayson and Josel Garces of Cebu’s Garces Farms, among others.
His breeds include Kelsos, Hatches, Whitehackles, Greys, Clarets, Blacks, Doms and various types of Roundheads, some of whom were acquired from American breeder-friends like Jerry Lawrence of Pleasanton, Texas, Doyle Watson of Leoma in Tennessee, Ray Collins, and Thomas Falkenberg and Filipino Americans like Noel Dimatulac of Carson Farm and Celso Evangelista.
Vency says he has learned to love sabong also because it connects people from around the globe who share their expertise, talents, pride, passion and prestige, among others.
He has advice for Filipinos who are in the game. “Treat sabong as an entertainment, never as a gambling.” Vency adds: “In sabong, let your chickens do the talking. Sabong is something that brings friends and families together. Don’t let others destroy it.”
As a resident of the United States for many years, he bewails that in the US, the so-called land of the free and home of the brave, “the sport is dying because cockers and breeders fail to defend it. Americans are willing to give up their lives to defend freedom, but are not putting up a good fight to protect their right to engage in this sport.”