After six gruelling days of intense fighting, another solo champ was hailed in the just concluded 2018 World Slasher Cup-2 Invitational 9-Cock Derby at the historic Smart Araneta Coliseum. After the May 12 grand finals, GREENGOLD UNO, owned by “Tata Rey” Briones of Masbate and his new farm manager Rod Advincula, emerged as the champ.
Witnessed by thousands of sabong enthusiasts, GREENGOLD UNO prevailed with 7.5 points out of a possible 9 points to be declared the 2018 WSC-2 solo champ.
Briones, owner of the sprawling Spartans Grego Gamefarm in Bulacan, came into the last stretch of the derby with 4 points. The entry then collected another 3.5 points for the surprise victory, besting heavy favorites like Frank Berin, one of last year’s WSC-2 champs; and sabong idol Patrick Antonio, last January’s sole champion and 7-time WSC champ.
The GREENGOLD UNO owners were fêted by media at an awarding ceremony held at Novotel Manila Araneta Center last May 18. An elated Briones addressed friends from media, sponsors and other attendees led by the reigning Binibining Pilipinas Queens.
“Sabong is a gentleman’s sport that’s still loved by many,” notes long-time WSC Derby Office Head Dong Lamoste. “There are numerous derbies in Metro Manila and the provinces, but we are humbled to have with us only the best breeds and fighters from all over the country, and from other parts of the world. We want to thank all our participants, and encourage them to keep training their birds so we can see them all in the next World Slasher Cup,” he adds.
World Slasher Cup, hosted by the Pintakasi of Champions is known here and abroad as the Olympics of Cockfighting.
Other notable 7-point finishers in the 2018 WSC-2 are: Foreign participant Dr. Bel Almojera of Florida USA (BLUE ANGELS 2); Jun Tejada/Lawrence Lu (PESHMARGA ANGRY BIRDS AKLAN), Marvin Rillo/Migs Lavinia (MJ 3), Pol Estrellado (PE FARMS), Ricky Magtuto/Rey Tambong (ALQUEEN AHLUCK CAMSUR), Frank Berin (MULAWIN), Julia Nicole (JUNE 17 PANGASINAN), and Jojo Alcovendaz (SULONG MAYNILA).
The 2018 World Slasher Cup-2 is sponsored by Thunderbird Platinum, Thunderbird Bexan, Petron, Excellence Poultry and Livestock Specialist, Emperador Distillers, Inc.; and supported by media partners PitGames Media, The Journal Group, Tempo, Balita, and Pilipino Mirror. — Press Release/Araneta Group, The Sabong Chronicles