Sunday, January 06, 2008

Sunset Derby champ leads US cast in NCA world meet

Sunset Derby champ leads US cast in NCA world meet

Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines -- Top American gamefowl breeders, led by the winner of the prestigious US Sunset Derby, have arrived in the country to start preparations for the National Cockers' Association (NCA) World Championship Derby slated Jan. 8, 10 and 12 at the Rizal Multipurpose Hall in Pasig City.

Sunset Derby winner Larry Whitehead leads the foreign cast which also includes Jerry Glass, the reigning world champion of Mid-America in Oklahoma and Bayou Club in Louisiana, Joseph Wolcott, Eddie Odell, and Drew Ferguson.

Sunset, Louisiana, is considered the cockfighting capital of the United States and site of some of the world's most prestigious cockfighting championships.

The NCA World Championship Derby is often called the Olympics of cockfighting.

Among the local enthusiasts who will vie for the crown are 2007 NCA Stag Derby runners-up Manny Pacquiao and Benjie Lim, JV Magsaysay of Zambales, Bong Pineda, Makati City Vice Mayor Nestor Mercado, Lito Orillaza, Ruel Ricafort and former Rizal governor Ito Ynares.

The winner of the NCA World Championship Derby will receive a trophy crafted by National Artist Eduardo Castrillo.

For the NCA world derby, the organizing Firefly Group is collaborating with Bebot Uy and Mario Villamor, the first ever NCA Cocker of the Year.

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