North to south

Animal Scene - - ANIMAL APPEAL -

The North Derby is flown be­tween the rainy months of Oc­to­ber to Novem­ber, de­pend­ing on club sched­ule. It is called North Derby as birds fly the north­ern route, from the first lap some­where in Nueva Viz­caya to the last lap that could go as far as Sta. Ana in Cagayan or Batanes. The birds fly through strong rains and wind and have to ma­neu­ver along moun­tain­ous trails.

The South Derby, like its name, takes the south route, from Que­zon to as far as Leyte. De­pend­ing on club sched­ule, the races take place be­tween the months of Fe­bru­ary to March. The birds have to fly against strong side winds and heat, and some­times in­tense rains along their path. The birds also have to fly across the seas, from one is­land to an­other.

South Races are con­sid­ered one of the hard­est races in the Philip­pines be­cause of these chal­lenges faced by the pi­geons.

Aside from these two der­bies is the Peter Yap Cup, also known as the Mcarthur Na­tional Race, which hap­pens an­nu­ally around third week of March. Started in 2011, it is or­ga­nized by the PHA with the goal of hav­ing all pi­geon clubs, be it small or big, race al­to­gether in one dream race. By far, this race is con­sid­ered the most pres­ti­gious and the hard­est of all races be­cause of the par­tic­i­pa­tion of the ‘big names’ in the sport and like­wise be­cause of the big num­ber of par­tic­i­pants. This year alone, for the 2017-2018 race sea­son, 1,396 birds and 667 lofts com­peted in the pres­ti­gious Mcarthur Na­tional Race (NCR Sec­tor) with only eleven pi­geons able to clock in on time.

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