As we all know, most of us pigeon fancier shared the same experience when it comes to our unforgettable first pigeon. It was a little bit different for me. My father was already raising pigeons before I was born. My father raised WHITE KING PIGEON SQUAB in our vacant lot in MAKATI CITY and sold it for delicacies. When I was growing up, I remembered going with my dad to deliver all the squab in CHINA TOWN, MANILA CITYPASAY CITY to buy pigeon. I spotted a young native blue bar and bought it for 25 pesos. When I got home, my uncle saw the pigeon and built a small loft. When my father arrived from his business trip, he saw the pigeon and didn't like the idea of having a pigeon in the house. He talked to me about the responsibilities that I have to do when raising pigeon. He gave me some tips about feeds and grits. We made a deal after talking that if I can take care of the pigeon for a month without having problems he would build a big loft for me and will ask his friend to give me some good birds. I did all my best to raise that one pigeon. Time went by, one week before my tenth birthday, my father talked to the carpenter to build a loft, it was 8 feet by 5 feet and 6 feet in height with 15 perches in the left side and 10 nest boxes in the right side. I was so happy because at my young age I was the only one in our neighborhood that had a big loft. The following day my dad took me to his friend in CHINA TOWN, we went to the rooftop and the old Chinese guy asked me if I want a RACING PIGEON or a FANTAIL FANCY PIGEON. Of course I selected the RACING PIGEON. He asked me to select four birds that I want inside the loft and I selected one white with black spot at the back, one grizzle, one blue bar and one red checker. He handed me the four birds and I put them in the box. When we got home I didn't want to go down the house and wanted to stay in the rooftop because I was so amazed that I had four new pigeon and this are well bred pigeon. I watched these birds fly everyday in our rooftop and all my friends were jealous because these birds can fly far all over MAKATI. After a year, my father took me to his friend in ROTONDA BACLARAN CITY. This Chinese guy owned a lumber warehouse and did not find out his name until later, his name was JIMMY DEE. Mr. Jimmy Dee gave me four blue bar squeakers. When the birds turned 1 year old, my dad started to trained them. Night before his business trip, we would synchronized our watches then the next day when he reached his destination he will released the birds at exactly 7:00 A.M. That’s when I started timing the bird to determine how many hours for them to fly home. We trained from ILOCOS SUR, NARVACAN, BAGUIO, PAMPANGA, BATANGAS, LAGUNA, LUCENA SORSOGON, and other places of the PHILIPPINES. I had so much fun with my pigeons. At age 14, my father broke the news that I have to go to CALIFORNIA to be with my family. It was one of the saddest day of my life. I had no choice but to give all my beloved pigeon to my best friend. One week before my departure, my friend went to my house and told me that all the birds are gone and somebody broke into his loft. I was so mad and asked my dad to hire a policeman to search for my pigeon and luckily I recovered all my favorite birds and left for CALIFORNIA with a happy smile. Many years have passed by. Now I'm back to the pigeon world and this time I’m old enough to race and can handle pigeon like my father thought me to. I dedicate this website to my late father VIDAL ELGARICO. Without him, I would have never discovered how fascinating and wonderful racing pigeons is all about.
THE VERY BASIS OF BASTIN LINE IS HANSENNES STRAIN...SPEAKING OF BASTIN, LUCIEN BASTIN WAS BY FAR ONE OF THE BEST BREEDERS
AND FLYERS THAT THE WORLD HAS KNOWN WHEN ONE CONSIDERS THAT HE WON TOP PRZES WITH A VERY SMALL LOFT OF BIRDS.HE WAS A GREAT INBREEDER, HENCE THAT IS WHY HIS BIRDS TODAY ARE SO CLOSELY
RELATED. HE KEPT FEW BIRDS BUT THEY WERE REAL QUALITY. MOST FANCIERS COULD NEVER HAVE DUPLICATED HIS EFFORTS
UNDER SUCH CONDITIONS AND THIS INCLUDED MANY OF THE BIGGEST NAMES IN BELGIUM HAS EVER KNOWN.
LEWIS CURTIS, FOUNDER OF JOURNEY'S END LOFT WAS SUCH A GIANT IN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS CENTURY. FOR YEARS, A PILGRIMAGE TO THE JOURNEYS END LOFT WAS AN AMBITION HELD BY FANCIERS EVERYWHERE. ALMOST EVERYTHING ABOUT LEW CURTIS LIFE CAN BE DESCRIBED IN SUPERLATIVE ADJECTIVES. BORN INTO WEALTH, ALL AROUND SPORTSMAN, HE LOVED LIFE, WOMEN, ADVENTURE, ANIMALS AND THE COMRADERIE OF MEN. A TEDDY ROOSEVELT TYPE OF AMERICAN.HE LOVE PIGEONS. LEW WAS A MEMBER OF THE QUEEN CITY PIGEON CLUB AND THE BOSTON CLUB. HE STRIVED TO BE THE BEST, BUT THE COMPETITION WAS KEEN. ALTHOUGH HE WON FIRST PLACE COMBINE HONORS MANY TIMES IN BOSTON, HE COULD NOT DOMINATE THE SCENE. . AFTER
REACHING THE TOP WITH MOSTLY AMERICAN BRED BIRDS, LEW TURNED HIS ATTENTION TO BELGIUM. THE MOTHER COUNTRY OF THE RACING PIGEON. HE SELECTED BIRDS FROM THE BEST. BIRDS FROM GURNAY OF VERVIERS, LOIS BODY OF LIEGE, FOUR BIRDS FROM STASSARTS, ABOUT TWENTY FROM HAVENITH.
IN 1923 THESE INITIAL IMPORTATIONS WERE FOLLOWED BY SIXTEEN SPECIMENS FROM LUCIEN BASTIN. LEW FELT THAT THE BASTIN BIRDS GAVE HIM THE BEST RESULTS.
THE LIMOGES WINNER WON THIS RACE AT 400 MILES WITH A SPPED OF 1097 YPM. THE ENTIRE CLUB AROUND VERVIERS COMPETED WITH THE TOTAL OF 40,000 BIRDS. LEW CURTIS PAID $400.00 FOR THIS MALE IN 1923.THIS COCKS BEST
SON WITH LEW CURTIS IMMORTAL " 4105 " BLACK CHECK COCK AND HIS BEST SON WAS MAHAFFEY'S FAMOUS "888" BLACK CHECK COCK.
SAL CARSIA JR. HAS 5 CHILDREN BACK IN THE EARLY 1950'S OF THIS MALE. ONE MALE FROM HIM AU 50 HBG 1950 BLUE CHECK WAS THE SIRE OF AU 51 HFC 100 BLUE CHECK HEN.SHE WAS THE LAST BIRD TO HOME ON A 330 MILE RACE
IN RAIN AND FOG WHEN ONLY 16 BIRDS CAME HOME THAT DAY AND 13 WERE PURE BASTIN WITH 200 LOFTS AND 3,500 BIRDS...AGAIN, 2 YEARS LATER. ON A 220 MILE RACE, A DAUGHTER OF THIS "100 HEN " AU 54 HFC 333 WON 1ST FOR
SAL CARSIA SAME KIND OF WEATHER. MAHAFFEY HOMED 6 BIRDS ON A DROP FROM 600 MILES ON THE DARK FLYING 14 HOURS 30 MINS... ON 500 MILES RACE HE HOMED 11 OF THE 12 DAY BIRDS, THE LAST FOUR HOURS FLOWN IN A NORTHEAST WIND WITH RAIN. THE 6 BIRDS HOME ON THE 600 MILES
RACE WERE ALL GREAT GRAND CHILDREN OF THE LIMOGES COCK AND 8 OF THE 11 ON THE 500 MILE RACE ALSO WERE GREAT GRAND CHILDREN OF THE LIMOGES COCK.SAL CARSIA JR. HAS THE BEST OF BASTIN STRAIN AND WON 1ST, 2ND CLUB AND COMBINE WINNERS AT 600 MILES ALSO FROM 300, 400, 500 MILES WINNER. THE BASTINS HAVE DONE GOOD FOR MANY FANCIERS OVER THE LAST 50 YEARS...THESE BIRDS ARE GOOD AT ANY DISTANCE, EVEN ON A FAST OR HARD DAY RACE....
I GOT MY BASTINS FROM SAL CARSIA JR. BACK IN DECEMBER 1995 AND BROUGHT THEM TO THE PHILIPPINES ON JAN. 1996 AND THE REST IS HISTORY....