IN CEBU CITY
Negrenses win six trophies
Seventy dogs and 35 of the best national dog handlers nationwide converged in Cebu for the first Philippine Dog Agility Championship competition recently, and Negros Occidental’s participants bagged six trophies, Donato Poblador, K9 Obedience Club of Negros Occidental president, said yesterday.
Nine dog owner-trainers from the K9 Obedience Club of Negros Occidental participated in the competition, he said.
Romar Balangao of the University of St. La Salle in Bacolod and his dog, Raven, a Belgian Tervuren, won the championship trophy in the Flying Disc (Frisbee) competition.
Balangao and Raven also won third place in jumper’s agility.
Daniel Tan and Cookie, a Jack Russell Terrier, won second place in jumper’s agility, while Danilo Villadolid and Windsor, a Cocker Spaniel, won second place in standard agility.
Tan also won two third place trophies – with Sky, a Labrador retriever, in the fly disc competition, and with Yuri, a Border Collie, in standard agility.
“The exciting games entertained several thousand spectators at the Cebu IT Park in Lahug, Cebu City, for two days. Dogs and trainers came from Manila, Cebu, Davao, General Santos, Bacolod and Zamboanga,” Poblador said.
The dog agility competition is the fastest growing dog sports in the world. In the United States alone, over 20,000 dog participants indulge in this sport annually, he added.
The International Federation of Canine Sports is even lobbying that it be included in the Olympics in the near future. Dog agility requires teamwork of both master and the dog, he said.
The foreign judge of the competition was Kenneth Tatsch, president of the United States Dog Agility Association.
The participation of the Negros Occidental team was made possible through the sponsorship of Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., Poblador said.*CPG
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Medical mission conducted
The Sugar Industry Foundation Inc. held its 132nd medical mission at Romana Elementary School in Brgy. 12, Victorias City, Negros Occidental recently, its press release said.
It said 461 sugar workers from nearby haciendas, small planters and their families benefited from the free medical consultations and medicines, and more than 200 children and some adults were fed. Feeding materials were provided by Loving Rose Mission Philippines and the Ontario Gleaners of Canada, the press release also said.
The SIFI was assisted by the VICMICO PA and the Philippine Kabulig Foundation Inc., represented by Daisy de Dios; Brgy. 12 Council, headed by Brgy. Captain Edgardo Ganate, barangay health workers, Romana ES principal Bennelie Juele and teachers, and doctors Milagros Amarra, Eirene Ayalin, Rosimar Reyes, Dan Dueñas and Terry Gasataya, the press release added.*
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