Philippines Stinky Cockfight Crowds?


Our new domestic helper was trying to give “Lolo,” Grandpa, a shower the other morning. Lolo, afflicted with Alzheimer’s, lives in a nipa hut behind our home in Guimaras. Guimaras is the island province we call home. Seems like my father-in-law didn’t want a shower that morning. Which leads us to today’s post: “Philippines Stinky Cockfight Crowds?”

Philippines Stinky Cockfight Crowds?

First of all, though I retired to the Philippines almost 10 years ago, I’ve never been to a cockfight. Frankly, I never plan to attend one. Therefore, while I know that the barbaric practice is a leftover from 300 years of Spanish rule, I don’t have the stomach for it.

My father-in-law, however, used to attend cockfights on a regular basis and bet on his favorite bird. He hasn’t been to one for years. Nonetheless, he refused his shower the other morning because, in his mind, he planned to attend one that day.

Lolo insists its “bad luck” to take a shower the day you go to a cockfight. As a result, I believe that other Filipinos surely share his superstitious belief, and don’t use any Safeguard before they head out to see their favorite roosters rumble.

However, my father-in-law was somehow finally convinced to take his shower even though he still believed he was going to a cockfight.

Only in the Philippines.

Author: The Kano

POST AUTHOR: "THE KANO." Dave DeWall, "The Kano", is the Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of "Philippines Plus" in publication since August 2009. He is also the CEO of Lizard Poop Productions and author of the best-selling guide book "The Philippines Expat Advisor." Dave moved to the Philippines in July 2009 from Central Illinois with his lovely wife of over 19 years, "The Sainted Patient Wife." The couple reside in a rural province in Western Visayas, Guimaras. The small island province is said to have the sweetest mangoes in the world. They do not have any children but are the proud owners of eight active canines, including a Belgian Shepherd called "Killer" "Killer" has bitten five people in the last two years along with one goat and a carabao. "Killer" doesn't like strangers. Or goats. Or carabaos.