THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 13 November 2013, Wednesday
PCSO Gold Cup agreement signed
Racing fans can look forward to the 41st Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Presidential Gold Cup, traditionally the biggest race of the year, on December 1 at San Lazaro Leisure Park.
The memorandum of agreement was signed by PCSO General Manager Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II, Philippine Racing Commission Chairman Angel L. Castaño Jr., and Manila Jockey Club President Alfonso G. Reyno III.
Witnesses to the signing ceremony were members of the PCSO Committee on Races led by its chairman, lawyer Jose T. Malang, MJC Racing Manager Jose Ramon C. Magboo, Philracom Commissioner Jesus B. Cantos, and others.
Ten entries have been declared for the 2,000 meter race: Wilbert Tan’s Sulong Pinoy, Manuel Alvarez’s Basic Instinct, Zenaida de Guzman’s Divine Eagle, Benhur Abalos’s Hagdang Bato, Tony Tan’s Pugad Lawin, Juancho Ferrarisa’s Royal Jewels, Hideaway Farm’s My Champ, Lolita Tañala’s Spring Collection, Sixto Esquivias IV’s Boss Jaden, and Herminio Esguerra’s Arriba Amor.
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The catastrophic devastation wrought by supertyphoon Yolanda has everyone in shock, and those who were spared are pitching in to help in whatever way they can.
According to jockey AB Alcasid Jr., president of the New Philippine Jockeys Association, the jockeys will donate P1,000 per race for a whole week of 65 races, a total of P65,000, from their earnings to Yolanda relief efforts.
He adds that the jockeys are raring – and racing – to help. Thank you, professional riders of Philippine racing, for dedicating your rides to the cause!
For its part, the directors and employees of the Philippine Racing Commission will be holding a donation drive to gather goods – food, clothes, shoes – that will be send to the GMA Kapuso Foundation for their distribution.
I am sure that the other racing institutions will be making their own charitable efforts. Calling Philracom, Manila Jockey Club, Philippine Racing Club, MetroTurf, and Philracom: Why not hold a series of charity races, one at each of the three racetracks, with the proceeds to benefit Yolanda victims? ***