Local game fowls, said Berbano
, are usually a cross between the Oriental and American strains.
Besides breeding game fowls, Berbano
noted that multinational companies are coming to the Philippines to invest in feeds, vitamins and equipment manufacturing.
Filipinos were staging cockfights when Ferdinand Magellan came ashore in 1521, and more than 5 million roosters will clash in the country's cockpits this year, said Manny Berbano, publisher of the glossy Pit Games magazine and head of National Gamefowl Training Center.
proudly paid an Alabama breeder $5,000 for a cock from a long line of champions, a thoroughbred sweater yellow legged hatch