|KARERA, oil on canvas, 60 x 48 inches
Carabao racing (karera ng kalabaw) is a widely popular sport among farmers and carabao enthusiasts in the Philippines. In
central and southern Luzon some feast is highlighted with carabaos racing up towards the finish line. Training and conditioning
of the race carabao to its full extent is a serious job. Farmers and their trustworthy carabaos gather together to race in
a 500 metres (1,600 ft) dirt road. Spectators fill up this unique spectacle, some betting on their best carabaos, others watch
for the thrill. The carabaos, geared with their carts on their back, race together with their dear farmer to win prizes. The
race is divided into two classes, one for amateur or first time carabao racers and the other is for the veteran carabao racers.
A race carabao can be bought for P35,000 to P60,000, with the price increasing with the number of races that it wins. Proven
race winners can command a price as high as P200,000.