Media man Rey Briones, whose entry Greengold Uno with co-owner Rod Advincula, wins 2018 WSC 2 solo title
After six gruelling days of intense fighting, another solo champ was hailed in the recently concluded 2018 World Slasher Cup Invitational 9-Cock Derby 2 at the historic Smart Araneta Coliseum. After the May 12 grand finals, Greengold Uno, owned by Rey Briones of Masbate and his new farm manager Rod Advincula, emerged as the champ.
Witnessed by thousands of sabong enthusiasts, Greengold Uno prevailed with 7.5 points out of a possible 9 points to be declared the WSC 2 solo champ.
Briones, owner of the sprawling Spartans Gamefarms in Bulacan, came into the last stretch of the derby with 4 points. The entry then collected another 3.5 points for the surprise victory, besting heavy favorites like Frank Berin, one of last year’s WSC2 champs; and sabong idol Patrick Antonio, last January’s sole champion and 7-time WSC champ.
The Greengold Uno owners were fêted by media at an awarding ceremony held at Novotel Manila Araneta Center last May 18. An elated Briones addressed friends from media, sponsors and other attendees led by the reigning 2018 Binibining Pilipinas Queens.
“Sabong is a gentleman’s sport that is still well-loved by many,” notes long-time WSC Derby Office head Dong Lamoste. “There are numerous derbies in Metro Manila and the provinces, but we are humbled to have with us only the best breeds and fighters from all over the country, and from other parts of the world. We want to thank all our participants, and encourage them to keep training their birds so we can see them all in the next World Slasher Cup!”
World Slasher Cup, hosted by the Pinatakasi of Champions, remains the most prestigious title in cockfighting, and is known here and abroad as the Olympics of Sabong.
Other notable 7-point finishes in the 2018 WSC 2 are: Foreign participant Dr. Bel Almojera of Florida, USA (Blue Angels 2); Jun Tejada/Lawrence Lu (Peshmerga Angry Birds Aklan), Marvin Rillo/Migs Lavinia (MJ 3), Pol Estellado (PE Farms), Ricky Magtuto/Rey Tambong (Alqueen Ahluck Camsur), Frank Berin (Mulawin), Julia Nicole (June 17 Pangasinan), and Jojo Alcovendaz (Sulong Maynila).
The World Slasher Cup 2 is sponsored by Thunderbird Platinun, Thunderbird Bexan, Petron, Excellence Poultry and Livestock Specialists, Emperador Distillers, Inc.; and supported by media partners PitGames Media, the Journal Group, Tempo, Balita, and Pilipino Mirror.
Since it started in 1963 at the Araneta Coliseum, the World Slasher Cup has become the biggest, most prestigious international cock derby that attracts the best breeders and cock fighters from the Philippines and around the world. Known to its participants and aficionados as the “Olympics of Cockfighting,” the World Slasher Cup has elevated cockfighting from being a Filipino pastime and a pre-Spanish heritage into a true gentleman’s sport.
The World Slasher Cup is held twice annually in the mecca of sports and entertainment, the Smart Araneta Coliseum, and is considered by enthusiasts and champions alike as the Holy Grail of cockfighting. Well-known breeders and cockers from the United States, Kuwait, Indonesia, Malaysia, continue to challenge their Philippine counterparts with the toughest bloodlines that vie for championships. The foreign contingent include prominent fixtures in the event, like Hall of Famers Mike Formosa of Hawaii, and Ray Alexander of Texas, among others; as well as local returning champions Patrick Antonio, Ed Apari, and Biboy Enriquez, one of the pioneers of WSC.
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