By Rey Bajenting —-

Is the National Federation of Gamefowl Breeders (NFGB) on its way down? I don’t think so. However, it pays to always remind friends and non-friends within NFGB that whom the gods wish to destroy they first make drunk with power.

For the past days, I have been watching the developments or rather the controversy that engulfs an NFGB circular warning members not to support any other federation than NFGB. To many it seems dictatorial. Others feel that it is due to business jealousy.

What saddens us is that from different sites we read comments by some NFGB men that indeed gamefowl breeders federation should be regarded as a business enterprise and that employees (referring to members) should be loyal and will not work for competing interest. This does not augur well with the spirit of sabong.

And, the analogy is false. Members are more akin to shareholders and customers. Shareholders of public corporations are not prohibited from patronizing competitor’s products. Shareholders of one tv station may also watch another tv channel. Shareholders of a public corporation are also customers of the corporation as well as of others. Indeed, if the GBA is registered as stock corporation, then members are actually shareholders. We would like to believe though that most GBAs are non-stock corporations so members are rightly called members. But directors should be more aptly called trustees. And, mind you, stock and non-stock corporations have different parameters. One does not run a non-stock corporation like it is a stock corporation (I do not know whether NFGB is a stock or non-stock corporation).

In the wake of this mounting controversy within the sabong community, I found it relatable to revisit one of my previous blogs. My previous blog talked about rise and fall of GBAs. I believe that what applies to GBAs may as well apply to federations of GBAs.

Here was my blog contained in Roosterman N0. 14 and also in a number of MANA and RB Sugbo sites:

Stints at the top will come and go

First there was the Cebu Gamefowl Breeders and Cockers Association (CGBCA). It was the first association in Cebu that seemed to be concerned also on breeding the game fowl not just gambling on it. Prior to CGBCA, associations in Cebu were not of breeders but of cockers. CGBCA was the dominant GBA in Cebu then because there was no other.

Then came Cebu Gamefowl Breeders Association (CEGBA), which for many years was the dominant GBA in Cebu. It became affiliated with the National Federation of Gamefowl Breeders (NFGB).

A break-away group then formed the Central Visayas Breeders Association (CVBA). Thanks to the efforts of president Victor Sierra and, Bebot Monsanto CVBA grew into becoming the dominant group locally, and one of the biggest GBAs in the country. It displaced CEGBA in the NFGB. Sierra and Monsanto was such a team that between them two they put CVBA in the national map in so short a time. Without one or the other it was doubtful if CVBA could have survived.

Lately the Cebu Gentlemen’s Cockers Club (CGCC) was formed. CGCC, more popularly known as Gentlemen’s, is not the biggest in terms of membership, because it is prudent in accepting members, but it is well-respected and the most highly regarded for its exemplary management and extra-ordinary camaraderie among members. Being invited or accepted to Gentlemen’s would be an honor enough. Unfortunately not many will get invited.

Then the Visayas Cockers Club (VCC) was created. Although the name is cockers club, VCC, like Gentlemen’s, also counts among its members a number of breeders. In fact it is affiliated with the very potent Philippine Federation of Gamefowl Breeders (PFGB) which, as the name implies, is expected to rival the NFGB. It is not farfetched, because several disgruntled erstwhile stalwarts of the NFGB constitute the core of PFGB.

Very recently another GBA has been organized in Cebu, the Visayas Gamefowl Breeders Association (VIGBA). One thing of significance here is that VIGBA is an initiative of Simon Rallos, the same Simon Rallos who provided the spark for the organization of CVBA. Well, if he could do it once, he could do it twice. Rallos has the following, and he is perceived to be straight.

The point here is that with the many GBAs around, not one of them could claim monopoly of dominance forever. One GBA may rise and then fall. Then another will take its place at the top. (Read Roosterman )


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