North to south
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.