Spider Fighting and Gambling in the Philippines

Some petty larceny was sometimes resorted to acquire the necessary stake money. Although it never deteriorated to such tragic outcome as the news stories below:

“Man killed, one hurt over spider-fighting”

“2 minors killed over spider-fighting bet”. Needless to say, a lot of us got to taste the leathery sting of a belt. A bill or two missing from a parent’s wallet. Over an unpaid 5 peso bet (10 cents) a 15 year old stab to death a 13 year old boy. Fistfights were not uncommon and going home with a bruised eye and soiled or torn school uniform resulted in the discovery of our illicit activities and the accompanying consequences. Upon learning of his son’s death, the father sought out his son’s killer and hacked him to death with a jungle bolo.

A spider fight in a local town ended in tragedy with one man killed and another wounded after an argument over a disputed bet.The suspect armed with a handgun fired point blank at the head of his opponent killing him instantly and wounded another as he fled the scene of the crime.

We stabled them in empty matchboxes or in a specially constructed box which usually have separate cells to house several spiders. they are feed with insects but we avoid feeding them before a fight to make them more aggressive

Sept 20,2010 Liloan town,northern Cebu,Philippines

Sept.03,2010 Negros Occidental, Philippines

Fights would be arrange after school or even during school hours if we could manage to play hooky.The fights were stage in hidden and out of the way places far from parental eyes.Gambling was always involve and most of our lunch money went into it. Occasionally we were found out because of a tattletale schoolmate (usually a girl). :))

Heated arguments from hot heads sometimes occur because some boy felt he was cheated or welsh on a bet

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