WITH a formidable cast of more than 300 entries, the prestigious 2019 World Slasher Cup 9 -Cock Invitational Derby finally starts on Monday, Jan. 28, at the historic Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Several foreign and local participants come face-to-face today, Saturday, Jan. 26 for the traditional pitting of the birds at the Novotel Manila Araneta Center in Quezon City.
The real action sizzles on Jan. 28, 29 and 30 (2-cock elims); Jan. 31, Feb. 1 and 2 (3-cock semis); Feb. 3 and 4 (Day 1 and 2 4-cock Pre-Finals); and Feb. 6 (4-cock Grand Finals).
The World Slasher Cup is supported by Thunderbird, touted as the Number 1 driving force in the gamefowl industry.
The 9-day international cockfest hosted by Pintakasi of Champions lured the toughest derby champions to date.
Cockfight idol Patrick Antonio, defending champion with 8.5 points, will shoot for his eighth WSC title.
The participants include past champions of WSC: Biboy Enriquez of Excellence, Nene Araneta, Ray Alexander of Alabama, Rey Briones, Dicky Lim, Joey Sy, Ed Aparri, Art de Castro, Doc Ayong Lorenzo, Boy Marzo, Thunderbird endorser Frank Berin, Dante Eslabon, Escolin Brothers, Rikki Reyes, Magno Lim, Peping Ricafort, Boy de Roca, Honey Yu, Noel Jarin and Joey delos Santos with American partner Bruce Brown of California.
Sabong champions like Berin swear by Thunderbird’s top quality feeds and veterinary products which are very useful during WSC’s most gruelling matches.
Challenge will come from foreigners Lonnie Harper; Marty Bently of Ohio; Mike Formoso, Erik Rosales, Robert Dominguez and Bruce Brown of California; Butch Cambra of Hawaii, Nathan Jumper of Mississippi, Tim Fitzgerald of Utah, Bobby Fairchild of Kentucky, Brent Douglas of Black Bonanza fame and Ernest Atkins of Tennessee.
Other foreign entries are from Ferdinand Macaraeg, and Soan Sogianto of Indonesia; Rene Penalosa, Joey Melendres, Greg Berin of Australia; and Mark Salazar of Malaysia.
Other participants: Joey Sy, Ed Ochoa, Boy Marzo, Rikki Reyes, Jun Sevilla, Mel “Man Fighter” Lim, James Uy, Roel Gatchalian, Allan Siyaco, Celso Evangelista, James Yap, Gerald Ampil, Rhemy Medrano, Arman Santos, Peping Ricafort, Crispin Aguas, Rey Morla, Tony Marfori, Virgilio Lacson, Jun Villanueva, Boyet Plaza, Aylwynn Sy, Ricoy Palmares, Efren Canlas, Doc Marvin Rocafort, Celso Salazar, Jet Fernando, Carlos Tumpalan, Boy De Roca, Dong Chung, Honey Yu, Nelson Uy, Terence Madlambayan, and Ma. Paz Decepec.
Gerry Escalona, Pol Estrellado, Willard Ty, Ricky Magtuto, Marvin Perez, Eugene Perez, Kenneth Liao, Ruben Tan, Ding Cajulis, Tady Palma, Ramil Capistrano, Mark Celso, Julio Vinluan, Rene Adao, Boody Buenaventura, Boy Montano, Jimmy Junsay, Nestor Vendivil, Ruel Ricafort, Arhur Alonzo, Luis Tapia, Jojo Gatlabayan, Edgar Santos, Rey Directo, Nick Crisostomo, Jun Sevilla, Eddie Araneta, Felix Trebol, Boy Gamilla, John Gutierrez, Pros Antonio, Wilvin Sy, Jeffrey Sy, Jess Moradas, Bernie Tacoy, Jun Bacolod, lawyer Arcal Astorga, Dante Hinlo, Vic Lacsao, Buboy delos Santos, Hector Magpantay, and Osang dela Cruz.
A highlight of the media conference was when foreign and local breeders faced off during the pitting of the birds with Binibining Pilipinas Supranational Jehza Huelar.
Noel Jarin faced off with Erick Rosales, while Joey Sy took on Butch Cambra. Joey Sy faced off with Butch Cambra, while Tony Marfori took on Richard Martinez. Hector Magpantay faced off with Ernest Akins, while Osang dela Cruz took on Tim Fitzgerald. Raymond Velayo faced off with Donny Corpuz, while Ferdie Ducepec took on Rene Peñalosa. Jens Rawola faced off with Brett McCornick, while Rene Adao took on Macky Bently. Dennis del Pilar faced off with Marty Bently.
The World Slasher Cup 2019 is sponsored by Thunderbird, Emperador and Powertrac.
Interested parties may call the WSC derby office at 588-4000 loc 8227 or 911-2928; or visit www.worldslashercup.ph.
Audiences may buy tickets at the Ticketnet Booth, Coliseum Circle beside Yellow Gate.
The public may also check out the Thunderbird booth at the Green Gate concourse for fun games and prizes.
The WSC Cup 2 is now scheduled on May 27 – June 2, 2019.