Cockfighting is one of the oldest form of gambling here in the Philippines. While there are permitted cockfighting sessions like in the arena or some places but most are illegal specially if done without a permit. In the Philippines sabong can be found anywhere from big time derbies or small town bets. In the Philippines, cocks are highly maintained, more vitamins, more good foods and other pre-training methods in order for the cock to win.
If you are betting in Philippines, specially in Bisaya regions, here are the common words you here and what they means.
Manok – refers to the chicken/fighter cock
Buwangan – a place where cockfight is held, an arena, a cockpit.
Buwang – very sharp blade put at the feet of the cock
Pusta – your bet
Masyada – high bet
Sultada – rounds eg. first round, second round, etc
Inilog – Leading
Biya – Losing (might able to gain back)
Bihag – loser/dead cock
Sa pula, sa puti – shouting/cheering the color of the cock they bet on
During the covid pandemic time where gatherings are prohibited, cock owners and gamblers still attempt to do “Sabong” and they’re jailed. E-Sabong concept were born during this time. PAGCOR’s ESabong can be found here. PAGCOR by the way is Philippines official regulatory board for gaming and amusements.