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The International Federation of Gamefowl Breeders Associations (FIGBA), Inc. is a federation of legitimate gamefowl breeders associations in the Philippines that promotes gamefowl breeding as a cultural, recreational and tourism activity. Currently, it has 37 member associations with 7,000 member-breeders.

Originally, the federation was named National Federation of Gamefowl Breeders (NFGB) which was registered with SEC in 2001. On July 31, 2014, the federation got the approval from the SEC for its new name FIGBA, Inc. with the intention of going global and opening its doors to international breeders by 2015. The Federation envisions itself as the country’s foremost gamefowl breeders organization that is dedicated and committed to promote the sport as an industry and a noble tradition, where gamefowl breeding is revered as a national pastime and a sport that depicts the true meaning of Honesty, Integrity and Fairplay. Its mission:

  • To uplift the gamefowl industry as one of the movers of our economy.
  • To promote the sport as a source of livelihood to millions of Filipinos.
  • To protect the inherent right and passion of every gamefowl aficionado to enjoy the sport as a part of our country’s tradition.

The federation organizes derby events with at least four (4) major events being done annually, namely:

  • Bullang Bullang or bullstag derby held from April to May.
  • Battle of Champions held in May, where each member-association is represented by its local champion vying not so much for the prize money but more so for the prestige of being tagged as the champion among champions.
  • SABAYAN Para sa Masa Stag Derby, initiated by local member associations, held from September to October.
  • Bakbakan Stag Derby, the biggest and most awaited event each year which runs from October and culminates with the grand finals in December.

But FIGBA does not exist just for the sport. As part of its corporate social responsibility, the Federation established the NFGB Foundation in 2008 to share in nation building and contribute to the improvement of the quality of lives of fellow Filipinos nationwide. Since 2008, it has been providing financial assistance not only to workers within the gamefowl industry and their families, but to neighboring communities as well. Its projects include scholarships, construction of classrooms for public schools, medical/surgical missions, and livelihood assistance for cooperatives/marginalized sectors. The Foundation also helps the Philippine National Red Cross by providing financial assistance during calamities. Funding for the Foundation comes from 25% of the net proceeds of Bakbakan.