The figures are exhilarating, the tune is Four Million Four Hundred Ten Thousand Pesos Only (PhP4,410,000.00)-that is the total cash prize staked in the recently concluded Candelaria 2013 held last January 29 to February 2, 2013 at the Iloilo Coliseum.
The money though does not count much for the pure breed cockfighter. It is the prestige and honor, not withstanding of course the business opportunity that comes ahead for the entry that is declared the overall champion.
Ninety-eight (98) entries from Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and NCR slugged it out during the five day encounter at the coliseum and ultimately two entries from Bacolod City, and one from Kalibo, Aklan emerged as Candelaria 2013 7-Cock Derby Champions.
They are the Raffy Black Water of Nene Abello, Tony and Boy of Tony Ang and partner and Kristine 2288 of Henry Badillo and Jane Sola. The three shared the championship prize of Two Million Two Hundred Ten Thousand Pesos (PhP2,210,000).
The winners of the 1st Combo include DJ Francis, Kristine 2288, MRJC Beup Trial, JB Black Mamba and Samantha.
The 2nd combo were divided among DJ Francis, Queen Catherina PBPD, JCJ 5 Cock April 13 Boracay Dragon, Heritage, R and G Janipa-an and Kristine 2288.
The 4th Combo was earned by 71 AAmbis OWA and Tony and Boy.
Raffy Black Water, Tony and Boy and Kristine 2288 split up the prize for Any 6 Points Category while DS Francis, Kristine 2288, Heritage, Tony and Boy, La Trinidad JTN, JVA Scorpion Queen, Sibalum February 23, Raffy Black Water, MRJC Beup Trial, MRA Mercenaries, 71 AAmbis OWA, Samantha, JB Black Mamba, Red Foot Crafty and Wiljos Kim shared the Any 5 Points Category.
The whole five day event during the Nuestra Seniora de la Candelaria Festival was attended by tens of thousands of spectators from all over the country including several Westerners who joined, betted, won and lost some money but brought home with them the thrill of new camaraderies and the feeling of vengeance in the next Candelaria at the Coliseum. IMT