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    Spider Wrestling/Spider Fighting Should Be Banned

    Playing with spiders is a popular past time and hobby of many kids particularly in the provinces where many species of "toy" arachnids can be caught in homes, fields and mountains. Some people even make a living selling fighting exotic spiders to children near churches and public squares and making spider fighting a part of Philippine culture similar to the grown-up's addiction to sabong (cockfighting).

    Tutubi, in his childhood at one time, got hooked on it but mostly with spiders caught at home, used a stick from a walis tingting (broom made from sticks of coconut leaves), pitted two spiders on a death match.

    He espied a spiderman doing the same thing somewhere, and using using his Canon 50mm lens, took pictures of the eight-legged creature on stick with the other spider already dead and "mummified" with spiderweb.

    spider wrestlingmeet Spiderman, locally known as gagamboy, playing with common Philippine spiders
    spider fightingspider wrestling over: gagamboy's printed shirt provided the colorful backdrop to the spider picture added with a nice bokeh courtesy of the canon prime lens
    spider wrestling
    fighting spidersAs close as Tutubi can get to the spider limited by the lens' minimum focusing distance and away from the danger the spider poses to the dragonfly


    Note: Tutubi does not advocate nor promote catching spiders particularly the rare species, knowing the importance of spiders to ecology as well as the danger of the depletion of spider population in the Philippines can lead to to an increase in number of mosquitoes and other natural preys of spiders. Philippine spiders are mostly small, non-dangerous ones unlike the popular and venomous tarantulas and poisonous black widows usually seen in horror movies. Tarantulas can be bought in several exotic pet shops in Metro Manila.

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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 10:50 PM,

    19 Comments:

    At Dec 4, 2007, 5:56:00 AM, Blogger Photo Cache said...

    My brother and I would bike to the barrio and catch spiders in the fields (mostly sugarcane). I was a girl who enjoyed spider fighting. Don't judge, twas the culture and it was fun too.

     
    At Dec 4, 2007, 11:53:00 AM, Anonymous kyels said...

    I watched about spider fighting in National Geographic channel and I'm really impressed with how those little 8-legged creatures can fight.

    (:

     
    At Dec 4, 2007, 4:59:00 PM, Blogger Mari said...

    I used to watch boys fight spiders, when I was a kid back home. That was fun for them when the winning spider wraps the loser with its web.

    You are right about the impact of spiders on our ecology, though.

     
    At Dec 4, 2007, 5:30:00 PM, Blogger ferdz said...

    Ayus to T2 ah, ganda ng DOF pati the thing about spiders hehe. Like the first pic. Ang tutubi ba na tr-trap sa spider's web din :P

     
    At Dec 5, 2007, 5:55:00 AM, Anonymous Travels and tours said...

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    Title:Travels and Tours
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    Just visit my blog and leave ur blog info there..thnx advance..

     
    At Dec 5, 2007, 8:37:00 PM, Blogger BW said...

    Used to play these spiders when I was a kid. We always thought that those we catch from the trees were stronger and fiery fighters and the ones in the house ceilings were weaklings !

     
    At Dec 5, 2007, 11:12:00 PM, Blogger pusa said...

    i used to watch my brother and his playmates pit their spiders, i wasnt allowed to owe fighting spiders bec i'm a girl! duh

    nice photos =)

     
    At Dec 6, 2007, 10:58:00 AM, Anonymous tutubi sa tabi-tabi said...

    photo cache, it was really fun. ganun dain ako dati huli gagamba

    kyels, maybe you're watching large dangerous spiders of which not much here in the philippines

    mari, fun to play and watch but once you realize the impact, it's different. but the boys don't understand it

    ferdz, oo. ilang beses na ako nahuhuli ng sapot at agiw lalo na pag halloween hehe

    bw, yes, those on trees were always fiercer than those in houses

     
    At Dec 6, 2007, 11:46:00 AM, Anonymous tutubi sa tabi-tabi said...

    pusa, stereotyping it as a male-only game, heh?

     
    At Dec 6, 2007, 6:22:00 PM, Blogger Sidney said...

    Great set!
    I tried to photograph this game in the past but I did a very bad job !
    Well done!

     
    At Dec 7, 2007, 9:56:00 AM, Blogger pusa said...

    tutubi sinabi mo pah!

    btw sa makati ka rin ba work? near paseo? kc u know na sa paseo un underpass photo ko un pinay scandal ;) baka nagkikita na tayo eh nag-isnaban pa tayo LOL

     
    At Dec 7, 2007, 10:08:00 AM, Anonymous tutubi sa tabi-tabi said...

    sidney, try again next time. maybe i should again catch spiders to play with then model for you

    pusa,
    mailap ang tutubi.
    lagi lang nasa tabi-tabi.
    pero baka minsan nga tutubi flew by
    but you didn't notice that he passed by

     
    At Dec 7, 2007, 11:35:00 AM, Blogger pusa said...

    hahaha andaya! lugi ko nakabalandra pics ko sa blog ko

     
    At Dec 7, 2007, 11:49:00 AM, Anonymous tutubi sa tabi-tabi said...

    pusa, iba talaga pag anonymous ka. marami bloggers sa makati baka di mo lang nakikita

     
    At Dec 8, 2007, 6:27:00 AM, Blogger pieterbie said...

    those prime 50mm lenses are so good. I have a 1.8.

     
    At Dec 8, 2007, 3:29:00 PM, Anonymous nini said...

    at last, wriggled some tagalog rhymes from tutubi :-)

    nini

     
    At Dec 9, 2007, 9:08:00 PM, Blogger paetechie said...

    pieterbie,that's the same lens iused here the nifty fifty. i only have tw,l btw,the kit lens and the 50mm 1.8

    nini, i didn't notice i wrote those lines hehe gotme there

     
    At Aug 14, 2010, 7:59:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I thnk any form of so called sport that envolves humans using other species is just pure ignorance & allways shows our barbaric past is not that far away....learn to observe & it is good to judge & ultimately put an end to all cruelty to all species. those of us who care are growing because we really do want to be a better species & more loving & more understanding & less religious for that is the excuse many use.

     
    At Aug 16, 2010, 10:39:00 AM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    anonymous, right you are. I admit i used to do this when i was a child. Now I pity those spiders. they should have been left in the wild to hunt their prey, including dangerous insects.

     

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