Title: Addictive behaviors among young professional towards cockfighting. CHAPTER I
A. Background of the Study
Cockfighting has been part of the Filipino custom were it is considered as a sport or a hobby. This is one of the famous gambling sports that even people of the past played for past time. Not only in the Philippines that cockfighting is famously known for gambling but also from different countries especially for those that had influenced Filipino culture. “A cockfight is a blood sport between two roosters, held in a ring called a cockpit. cockfighting was described as a popular activity, even more widespread than opium-smoking among Chinese! The place where the fights happen is called the "cockpit". The people who can afford to have some “Mga sunoy”, will make a lot of efforts to train the cocks in aggressively. During the fight the fighting cocks wear sharp razor blades fixed on their legs. The duel will only ends by the death or (bloody) flight of one of the cocks.” According to Claro Cortez an Associated Press (1997), that Some of the foreigners are drawn by the thrill of a blood sport not practiced in their home countries. For others, the attraction is simply money. Estimates of the number of roosters fought and killed each year in the Philippines range from 7 million to 13 million, making the country a bird seller's dream market. Cock fight one of the most ritual gambling in the Philippines are common in any barangays And people are easily hooked up in this kind of game that sometimes it can be addictive to a person. Nowadays, cock fights are more open to the public. According to former president Marcos. (PRESIDENTIAL DECREE NO. 449 - COCKFIGHTING LAW OF 1974) WHEREAS, cockfighting has been and still is apopular, traditional and customary form of recreation and entertainment among Filipinos during legal holidays, local fiestas, agricultural, commercial and industrial fairs, carnivals or expositions; WHEREAS, by reason of the foretasted meaning and connotation of cockfighting in relation to Filipino customs and traditions, it should neither be exploited as an object of commercialism or business enterprise, nor made a tool of uncontrolled gambling, but more as a vehicle for the preservation and perpetuation of native Filipino heritage and thereby enhance our national identity. The main purpose of the cockfighting in the different municipality and cities, to raise money for the purpose if fund raising. The purpose of the funds is to support for the members and it’s cockpit operators in there respective cockpit. Other gamblers may not be only in the actual fight but also breeds commercial fighting cocks. Price range from P500.00 as it’s minimum price and it can reach to p10,000.00 and above depending on the breeds of the fighting cock. "It's exciting to watch. Second, it's a form of a gambling activity. People get money out of it. And so, in many provinces, particularly if there are no other jobs, one way to get money is through cockfighting," says local Professor of Sociology Dr. Ricardo Abad.(1997) Honolulu Star-Bulletin. "It's a game of chance, and many Filipinos believe in chance, believe in luck, believe in getting money just like that, believing in miracles, it's a romantic notion of life." In 2000, an ordinance was imposed by the Sangguniang Panlungsod of the City of Zamboanga for the establishment, maintenance, and operation of cockpits and cockfights on all districts and as well as in the City Proper. In Section 5 of Ordinance No. 1692 from the Office of the Sangguniang Panlusod, that the establishment of the cockpits shall have its corresponding number of establishments for each district in Zamboanga City and there shall be four (4) in the City Proper and one (1) for each district assigned. There are eight (8) districts that were approved in the imposed Ordinance namely; in Licomo District, Vitali District, Curuan District,...
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