Hard Earned 3rd Place

The AFC Challenge Cup for the Azkals started with a lot challenges inside and outside the pitch.

A complaint was served to two of the players.

A careless (idiotic?) comment from a broadcaster.

Words were said.

Opinions were given.

Encouragement and support came from the fans.

Ridicule and insults from the haters.

Losing in our first game against Korea DPR.

Winning the next two games against India and Tajikistan.

Crushing lost against Turkmenistan in the semis.

Losing a vital player for the next game due to a red card.

Never losing hope and determination to finish in the 3rd Place.

Whatever other people may say, I’m proud of what the Azkals were able to accomplish. I appreciate the glory and honor they bring to the country. Grateful that they made me realize what a beautiful game football is.

See you until your next game…..as Blue Haired Fan said GO AZKALS GO AZKALS!

Philippine NT Men Football (picture from Ian Araneta’s Twitter)

 

I love these guys! Defense Team (from Jason Sabio’s Twitter)
Carlie and Misagh receiving their bronze medal
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Food Overload with Ylai and Lander

March 15, 2012 – What do you get when you put me, Lander and Ylai on a trip? Food OVERLOAD! hahaha

ImageLunch at Shakey’s……

After visiting the dealer in Molino….we decided to go to ATC so when in ATC have desserts!

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My Blueberry Cheesecake from Conti’s

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Ylai’s Mango Bravo from Conti’s

Lander had Mango Tart but I was not able to take a pic hehehe 🙂

Suffice to say I was stuffed that day but it was great! Great Food and Great People = Happiness 🙂

Sad Truth: Dogs for Slaughter

I have written in my previous blog post that dogs are very dear to me. I have grew up with a dog always in our household and cannot imagine living without one.

This is the reason why I was so outraged when I saw this picture on Twitter.

Photo taken from Dezzy Belle's Facebook page

I have always said that there are two kinds of people that I really despise, first people who abuses kids and second people who are cruel to animals. Why kids and animals? Because both are powerless to defend themselves (itself) from those who abuse them.

The Animal Welfare Act of the Philippines (1998) states:

SECTION 6: It shall be unlawful for any person to torture any animal, to neglect to provide adequate care, sustenance or shelter, or maltreat any animal or to subject any dog or horse to dogfights or horsefights, kill or cause or procure to be tortured or deprived of adequate care, sustenance or shelter, or maltreat or use the same in research or experiments not expressly authorized by the Committee on Animal Welfare.

But unfortunately, the punishment for people who violates this law is quite light:

SECTION 8: Any person who violates any of the provisions of this Act shall, upon conviction by final judgment, be punished by imprisonment of not less than six (6) months nor more than two (2) years or a fine or not less than One thousand pesos (P1,000) nor more that Five thousand pesos (P5,000) or both at the discretion of the Court. If the violation is committed by a juridical person, the officer responsible therefore shall serve the imprisonment when imposed. If the violation is committed by an alien, he or she shall be immediately deported after service of sentence without any further proceedings.

This is the reason why dog meat trading is still rampant here in the Philippines. People who are caught selling dogs for meat can easily pay the penalty and be back in the business in no time.

I was fortunate enough to visit the Animal Kingdom Foundation in Tarlac. They are a foundation that rescues dogs that are meant to be sold for dog meat. I have seen the pictures of dogs that were just rescued from the trucks that transports them from as far as Cavite and Laguna to Baguio. The dogs being rescued are painfully thin. Some are battered and have wounds that are oozing with pus. All the dogs have their mouth wired shut. Yes, metal wire were used to bind the mouths of these dogs. The metal cuts through the skin of the dogs and leaves a bloody gash.

The horror that the dogs goes through....
Photo from Animal Kingdom Foundation Website

When I first visited the dog sanctuary in 2009, the first thing that caught my attention were the two dogs that greeted me when I go out of the car. I was immediately drawn to one of the dogs and that was King. King is one of the rescued dogs living in Animal Kingdom. When I visited they had roughly 200 dogs in their care. These were dogs rescued from the dog  meat raids and abandoned dogs. They also had  3 cats and pot bellied pig named Bacon.