DSC 0558 800x533Philippine Horse Racing Thrives, Together We Can Save Lives!

The Philippine Horse Racing Industry  profoundly acknowledges the importance of the Philippine Red Cross as the premier humanitarian organization that provides adequate, quality and safe blood supply  in order to protect the life and dignity of the countless individuals.

As part of this recognition, the Philippine Horse Racing Industry, through the auspices of the PHILRACOM  and the  Manila Jockey Club, Inc.,  donated  to the Philippine Red Cross thru the “Blood Samaritan Program”  a subsidy to cover for the blood processing fees of our indigent fellowmen.

 In a humble ceremony held  last July  4, 2012 at the PHILRACOM Office,  PHILRACOM Officials headed by Honorable Chairman Angel L. Castaño, Jr., Commissioner/Executive Director Jesus B. Cantos and Commissioner Reynaldo G. Fernando, handed the donation to Philippine Red Cross Chairman/CEO  Honorable Richard “Dick” J. Gordon and  Chairwoman Honorable Ms. Rosa Rosal.

The continued support of the Horse Racing Industry to the Philippine Red Cross’  endeavors for charity  was culminated by a  “Blood Letting” activity, participated by the various sectors of the racing industry. This was held  last November 29, 2012 (Thursday) from 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm at   the San Lazaro Leisure and Business Park (SLLBP) Main Lobby in Carmona, Cavite. 

A total of one hundred two (102) willing blood donors were tested and screened by the PHILIPPINE RED CROSS (National Chapter) Team  led by Dra. Anne Claire Reyta, M.D., sixty four (64) of which qualified to donate blood.  

The PHILRACOM Blood Letting Team, led by Mr. Eric C. dela Cruz, Project Coordinator,  Ms. Maria Teresa R. Garcia and Ms. Agnes M. Espina, Assistant Project Coordinators together with benevolent PHILRACOM Staff , Marissa  Beñosa, Marianette Birondo, Maricon  Calivara, Rubirosa  Bolambao, Jose Marie Dayson, Elnora De Veza, Armando Escueta, Warner Mistica, Danilo Tornandizo, Christopher Lumbo, Romeo  Milanes,  Victorino Cruz and Philip Magbiray, aided the PHILIPPINE RED CROSS during the conduct of the activity.

Donors were then given promotional t-shirts (c/o OTB-SAPI) and served with snacks courtesy of SLLBP thru Mgr. Jose Ramon “Ding”  Magboo (Special Lugaw) and  OTB-SAPI, ably represented by President Cesar “Boy” Sanchez, Director Nicson Cruz, Director Bok Sanguyo, Director Remy (Lumpia & Pancit Malabon). Similarly, the Manila Horse Power Organization (MHP), represented by its President Mr. Antonio Neri, with imprimatur from MHP-Chairman Councilor Ferdie Eusebio, donated raffle prizes (32”LED TV, DVD Player, Rice Cooker) for blood donors which will be drawn on December 15, 2012 during their staging of “Pamaskong Handog Para sa Sota”.   

Prominent fashion designer and RED CROSS Governess Ms. Joan Zapanta graced the activity. Assisted by PHILRACOM Commissioner/Executive Director Jesus B. Cantos and SLLBP officials headed by its Racing Manager, Mr. Ding Magboo, Ms. Zapanta went around the blood letting area and was enthusiastic in wandering around the track facilities up to the horse stables as she was an equine rider/lover herself.

The committed partnership between the Philippine Horse Racing  Industry and the Philippine Red Cross  has commenced,  to pave the way in providing  true  humanitarian service to  our  citizenry most especially  the  inauspicious.