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Gambling in the Philippines

Betting in the Philippines was present since the sixteenth century,[1] and remains widespread in the country today. Presently, it takes on various legal and illegal forms found almost all over the archipelago. The government handles gambling throughout the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) that intends to regulate and operate games of chance, and also to generate government capital,[2] but in addition, there are several other public and private agencies that handles particular forms of gambling. Specifically, casino gaming under PAGCOR is necessary to the nation’s tourism and earnings. The Philippines has more casinos than Macau, with twenty found in Metro Manila alone.
Before the Spanish colonization.,[1] gaming is said to have already been within the Philippines. Although there are no specific records when gambling was first practiced in the archipelago, it is possible that some forms were introduced by the Chinese in the late nineteenth century. Due to the proximity of the two nations, many local Chinese would go to the Philippines for both business and gain, engaging in various trades and actions. [4][5] About Magellan’s voyage into the Philippines, it had been mentioned in the accounts of Antonio Pigafetta, he had witnessed bets being placed on cockfights if his boat arrived at Palawan in 1521.

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