6 Nov 2006 was a very important and memorable occasion for the horseracing industry when former Ambassador and San Miguel Corporation (SMC) mogul Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco Jr. attended the launching of the 11th MARHO Breeders’ Cup at Wack Wack Golf and Country Club.
MARHO (Metropolitan Association of Race Horse Owners) is the oldest horseowners’ and breeders’ group in the country, having been founded by Boss Danding himself in 1974. At that time, he was very active in racing and initiated many reforms and innovations.
One of them was convincing the national government to establish the Philippine Racing Commission (Philracom) under the Office of the President, the official body that governs racing conduct. (Betting is vetted by the Games and Amusements Board).
For his many invaluable contributions to the industry, Amb. Cojuangco was presented with a plaque of appreciation by the current MARHO Board of Directors. The plaque, designed by artist Ed Castrillo, has a raised sculpture that is said to be a faithful likeness of Cojuangco’s champion horse, Manila.
His presence at the event makes industry members hopeful that this might mean his renewed interest in and support of the sport, especially in terms of SMC corporate sponsorship which is badly needed.
Welcome back to Philippine racing, Boss Danding, and may we soon witness your colors in action again on local tracks!
Photo shows a visibly moved Amb. Cojuangco receiving his plaque from MARHO director Jake Maderazo.