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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, July 7, 2014

A park of life


A grand launching was held by the Proxima Centauri Reality and Development Corporation, of its flagship project, the Valley of Peace Memorial Park, in Bacolod City recently.

The company is headed by young entrepreneur Carissa Dumancas as president. The mega project is a subsidiary of the GC&C Group of Companies, owned by president Charles Dumancas and vice president, Ginnette Yanson-Dumancas.

The star-studded launch was held at L’Fisher Hotel, and more than 500 guests came, many of them pillars of society, both in business, civic, government, top sales experts of Negros Occidental, and close friends of the founders.

Among the highlights of the affair were the presentation of Charles Dumancas of the Valley of Peace, the magnificent performances of Manila artists FORTEnors, Dash, Artians and Aeralists, and the awarding of the top 10 sellers.

Excitement was maintained at an all-time high. Dozens of guests got the opportunity to win prizes, like as trips to Hong Kong and Samsung tablets!*

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Saving the askals

While most people are fond of pure breed dogs, several Negrenses, who only met each other on Facebook, have formed a group that advocates the saving of mongrels, locally known as askals, or asong kalye (street dogs).

The Island Rescue Organization aims to rescue and adopt askals and even pusakals (pusang kalye or street cats), Adrian Serantes, the president of the group, said.

He said askals and pusakals are oftentimes abandoned on the streets, maltreated by their owners, or end up being slaughtered for their meat.

The IRO is also advocating for responsible pet ownership, and stressing to the owners and everybody else that animals have rights, too.

Serantes said they are closely coordinating with their counterpart in Cebu province to launch programs and activities to highlight their advocacy.

IRO member Mitchelyn Regoles said their first rescue mission was in January when a sick and hungry dog, believed abandoned by its owner, was seen loitering near a call center firm in Barangay Tangub, Bacolod City.

She said an IRO member, who works in the firm, informed the group of the dog’s situation, and they immediately went to the area to rescue it. She said the dog, that they named “Pan-Pan”, was adopted by another member but it died several days later.

The IRO has rescued 50 abandoned dogs and cats, Regoles added.

The group, meanwhile, spearheaded the ASPIN, or Asong Pinoy Day, at the SM City Bacolod transport hub recently, and a discussion on responsible pet ownership was led by Nena Hernandez, and insights on rabies by Dr. Nic Ortiz.

A dog walk and other fun games for dogs and their owners capped the one-day event.*APN

Saving the askals

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