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Cockfighting thrives in full view in Philippines

Big bets and raucous crowds fuel ancient blood sport outlawed in much of Asia

The World Slasher Cup, a 10-day event that organizers dub the Olympics of cockfighting, is held twice a year in Manila.

MANILA -- The Beach Boys played here. So did Elton John and Lady Gaga. And later this month, the Miss Philippines pageant contestants will promenade under the massive dome of the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Manila. But on this day, the spotlights shine down on poultry.

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