Century-old traditional bullfighting in Iloilo town cancelled anew

Published January 17, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY – For the second year in a row, the town of San Joaquin in southern Iloilo province is cancelling the annual bullfighting known as “Pasungay” as accusations of animal cruelty lingers.

Two carabaos (water buffaloes with horns) charge at each other during the 2018 Pasungay Festival in San Joaquin town, Iloilo province. Since last year, it has been stopped due to accusations of animal cruelty. (TARA YAP/FILE PHOTO /MANILA BULLETIN)
Two carabaos (water buffaloes with horns) charge at each other during the 2018 Pasungay Festival in San Joaquin town, Iloilo province. Since last year, it has been stopped due to accusations of animal cruelty. (TARA YAP/FILE PHOTO /MANILA BULLETIN)

In a public address, Mayor Ninfa S. Garin confirmed that the event, which had been annually held every third Saturday of January, will not be held.

To recall, the Pasungay was first cancelled last year after the Animal Kingdom Foundation (AKF) slammed the annual activity for violating the Amended Animal Welfare Act.

Late last year, Garin and Iloilo Provincial Board Member Marcelo Valentine Serag of the Firstst District tried to get answers on whether or not the annual bullfighting contest was legal or not.

“Sadly, our pleas were not heard and we did not get a positive response,” Garin said.

In previous years, San Joaquin did not encounter any problem and did not have to seek any permit for the event that has been around for more than 100 years.

But the Animal Kingdom Foundation pointed out that Section 6 of the Animal Welfare Act specifically stipulates that activities such as bullfighting, horse fighting or dog fighting are prohibited.

The Pasungay traces its roots during the Spanish colonial period. In the book Recuerdos de Filipinas (Memories of the Philippines), there was a photo of a bullfight taken by Felix Laureano in Iloilo sometime late in the 1800s.

Meanwhile, local officials of San Joaquin remained upbeat that the Pasungay will make a comeback.

“We hope to bring it back next year and within the bounds of the law,” Garin added.

 
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