Adventure Travel

Cock Fighting in the Philippines

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Cock fighting in the Philippines is something I stumbled upon while there. Of course, this is how these kinds of adventures always start.

You see, my boyfriend and I were driving our motorcycle to our current “home” right after we had explored Tangadan Falls — some absolutely gorgeous waterfalls in La Union, which I highly recommend checking out — and we heard a bunch of hooting, hollering, and cock-a-doodle-do-ing from the side of the road.

It doesn’t take long for curiosity to get the best of us. We had to take a peak to see if it was real or not.

And, it definitely was:

When I got into the cock fighting arena, I was the only woman there, besides a few ladies outside selling streetfood. Even as foreigners who stuck out like sore thumbs, the locals in the Philippines were very friendly to us, and motioned for us to sit down in the bleachers in the top row.

One of the Filipinos explained how the whole cock fight betting process works — not in English, but we used enough sign language to know what he was saying. We were lucky, and he kind of took us under his “wing” (sorry couldn’t help it).

So. I got to be honest with you. We drank a few beers and placed a few bets. Sixty bucks later, all we got was this video.

This is some pretty cruel and unusual stuff that’s going on, and I don’t quite know how our conscious would feel “winning”.

It doesn’t really take long to witness why cockfighting is illegal in the U.S., but there’s parts of every culture that are totally messed up. [Sighhhh] Cockfighting in the Philippines is just one of those things.

This experience certainly isn’t for every traveler, and I definitely would not call it a “tourist” thing to do. But if you want to really experience some of the true Filipino culture, it’s waiting for you at a cock fight in the Philippines.

Always in search of worldly knowledge and broader understandings, Kaitlyn has been freelancing while traveling since 2015. She's passionate about digital content, being environmentally friendly, and surfing. 16+ countries and counting.