Villagers in the southern Filipino province of North Cotabato watch in awe as stallions fight during the celebration Sunday, January 16, 2011 of the feast of the child Jesus or popularly called the Santo Nino in the largely Catholic country. Horse fighting has now been outlawed almost worldwide. But it still thrives, however, in countries like the Philippines, Indonesia, China and South Korea.
Brutal and inhumane, these spectacles can be anything from featured events in annual fiestas and thanksgiving festivals to scrappy events put together by locals for the purposes of an afternoon's gambling and entertainment, or to honor a special guest. Horse fighting takes place in city stadiums or abandoned playing fields in remote villages and provinces and in more highly populated areas they may also be conducted at a local racetrack. (Mindanao Examiner Photo – Geo Solmerano)