WSC 2019 at the Big Dome kicks off in January
The most-awaited international cockfight competition, the World Slasher Cup, returns on January 28 to February 6, 2019 to the historic Smart Araneta Coliseum. Participants here and abroad have been eagerly awaiting the WSC date reveal as they are earnestly preparing their fowl fighters to face their toughest competitors in this gruelling nine-cock invitational derby.
Known to its numerous followers as the Olympics of Sabong, the World Slasher Cup is a smackdown of only the best breeds and bloodlines of winged warriors meticulously cared for in fowl farms here and abroad. The upcoming derby is also a chance for hundreds of hopefuls to outlast and outshine last year’s WSC 2 solo champ, Greengold Uno, owned by sabong enthusiast and newspaper executive Rey Briones and his farm manager Rod Advincula, whose father also has a long history with WSC.
Briones touted his longshot win at WSC 2 in May last year as his “sweetest victory,” given that his entry was deemed an underdog. Proof that this gentleman’s sports is as much about well-trained fowls as it is about luck, Briones used his signature Spartan Black during eliminations and his Sweater Roundheads mixed with Brownred bloodline in the semis and finals, but still felt his birds went up against truly tough competitors.
If he competes, Briones isn’t the only one to beat in WSC 2019. The prestigious derby attracts the best gamefowl enthusiasts and a lot of multiple champs are known to come back to take a shot at the Cup, among them are “sabong idol” Patrick Antonio, who was the solo champ at 2018’s WSC 1. Antonio, who has been a loyal WSC participant, believes the fair fights at the Big Dome give sabong enthusiasts a better chance at the championship.
WSC 2019 will showcase the best breeds and bloodlines in the 9-cock invitational derby
Antonio wasn’t the only sabong favorite that keeps returning to WSC. Frank Berin also tried his luck anew in WSC 2 2018 after being hailed the solo champ in WSC 1 2017; and won the title again with co-champs Anthony Lim, and the Escolin brothers in WSC 2 2017.
Other notable finishes in WSC 2 2018 were Blue Angels 2 (owned by Dr. Bel Almojera of Florida, USA), Peshmerga Angry Birds Aklan (Jun Tejada/Lawrence Lu), MJ 3 (Marvin Rillo/Migs Lavinia), PE Farms (Pol Estellado), Alqueen Ahluck Camsur (Ricky Magtuto/Rey Tambong), Mulawin (Berin), June 17 Pangasinan (Julia Nicole), and Sulong Maynila (Jojo Alcovendaz).
The foreign contingent composed of cockfighting enthusiasts and top breeders from Utah, California, Tennessee, Washington, Georgia, and Alabama, as well as some counterparts from Asia, are also expected to turn up and keep the competition stiff.
Participants for WSC 2019 may register their entry online at www.worldslashercup.ph. They may also reach the Derby Office at 588-8227 or 911-2928 for more info and registration.
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.
Contact 588-4000 and ask to be connected to Snaxx (local 6320) for more information.
The LIMITED EDITION DVD boxed sets are available for now to walk-in buyers at the Snaxx Counter in Gateway Cineplex, L4 Gateway Mall; and to guests during the WSC at the Big Dome.