NEW YORK CITY -- An author from Iloilo City in the Philippines will publish the first book that will chronicle the "detailed" history of gamefowl industry and its impact on the life and culture of the Filipinos.
Leon "Boy" Magalona, who recently visited some of the famous gamefoul breeders in the different US states, said the title of his book would be "A Warrior's Blood."
"The book will bring out the truth and real history of cockfighting culture of the Filipinos," explained Magalona, 71, son Enrique "Eking" Bayot Magalona, one of the most prominent gamefowl breeders in Panay and Negros and contemporary of famed Candelaria de Jaro bigwig Luis "Chito" Tinsay.
Leon Magalona said he noticed that some of the books published in the past about cockfighting "lacked the historical facts."
In 1634, the first documented use of the word gamecock, denoting use of the cock as to a "game", a sport, pastime or entertainment, was recorded.
George Wilson used the term "cock of the game" in the earliest known book on the sport of cockfighting in The Commendation of Cocks and Cock Fighting in 1607.
Magalona said even before the Spanish came in the Philippines or even before Antonio Pigaffeta and Ferdinand Magellan and his men arrived in Limasawa Island on March 16, 1521, "cockfighting was already the primary entertainment of the Filipinos."
Pigafetta was an Italian scholar and explorer from the Republic of Venice who traveled with the Portuguese explorer Magellan and his crew by order of the King Charles I of Spain.
Magalona said his book will explain when and how did the US and the Philippine cockers start to fuse and galvanize with each other because of the gamefowl.
The book will also tackle the start of development and improvement of American gamecocks from 1600s after the discovery of America and immigration from England and Europe, he added.
Magalona, who arrived in New York together with his wife from Sampaloc, Nancy Ann Decio, visited some of the United States' top breeders in Alabama, Tennessee, West Virginia, Kentucky and Albany, a New York upstate city, to collate additional facts, photos, and interviews for his upcoming book, among other purposes.
He has written journals related to the breeding, raising, conditioning, and gaffing of gamecocks but they were not officially published, Magalona said.
Two roosters fight each other to the death while people place bets in a cockfight.
Cockfighters let the birds suffer untreated injuries or throw the birds away like trash afterwards.