3 Reasons Why Rescuing Animals Matters

My uncle berated me once. He said, “Para kang siraulo. Paano kung makagat ka? Magka-rabis? Bakit hindi na lang batang pulubi ang sagipin mo? Mas mahalaga ang tao kesa aso. Inuubos mo ang panahon, pera at lakas mo, para sa ano, aso?” (“You’re acting crazy. What if you get bitten? What if you die from rabies? Why don’t you just save street children? People are more important than dogs. You’re wasting your time, money and effort on what, dogs?”)

Today, I’m going to tell you why rescuing animals matters. Why, instead of doing “more important” things, it’s what I choose to do, whenever I can.


Sahara. We got her off the streets, healed her mange and found her a forever home last May 5, 2018 with a little help from our friends. 🤗

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Rescuing Dogs

It all started with Jack…


Jack Bauau: Before and After

You know, the thing about rescuing dogs is sometimes, it’s the other way around. They are actually saving you. When my heart dog Dollar passed away, I literally did not know what to do with myself. I didn’t have a job, I didn’t have money, my friends were either abroad or simply busy with their own lives. I wondered if I could just force myself to sleep and never wake up. The sorrow of losing Dollar was overwhelming. So each day I would walk after breakfast, as if he was with me, going around the village – our usual route. But then one day, this young mangy dog started following me. Obviously malnourished, he still had the energy to play with kids (who lived in the area he was from) and other dogs. And me. I recognized he could fetch so I threw stuff and he got them back, panting because I suddenly found joy again and would pitch the ball so far he had to run really fast before it ended up in the gutter. You can read more about Jack here. Needless to say, he gave me a reason to wake up in the morning and move forward with my life.


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Eight Days a Week

…I looooove them! ♥♥♥♥


While everyone else was busy selling their kidneys for Coldplay’s concert in Manila, I was at the UP Film Center, standing there, giddily waiting for the cinema doors to open to the most fab night of my life! Yeah yeah yeah!

When will I ever get the chance to watch my favorite band on the big screen, let alone perform live (since only two of them are alive)? Imagine my frustration when I missed The Beatles: Eight Days a Week when it hit the theaters last September. Ayi and I were supposed to catch it but then she had limited vacation days and the moviehouses only played this documentary for like 2 days! I was actually surprised it was distributed here at all. So when a friend alerted me a couple of months later that it was being shown at the UP Film Institute, I was beyond happy!

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Our Weekend Guest

Maxie was my neighbors’ dog. But we were his family. He respected Jack, my brother dog, and played with our cat Shaw. The past four weeks, Ma gave him a bath every Saturday. His owners did not take care of him so each time I got the chance, I borrowed him. He always looked forward to that.
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Polecats Manila

Polecats Manila did a Step Up dance-off: ballet vs hiphop. They were surely fun to watch!

My bad I was late to Polecats Manila’s 5th Annual Student Showcase; Jackie was behaving rather well so I had to reward him with play. 😛 May banggaan din sa Katipunan. Excuses aside, I was glad to be invited to take photos at STELLAR On Reel. There are so many good shots by my fellow snappers, just check out Polecats’ FB page. And there’s also a nice photoblog on Our Awesome Planet. 🙂

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Who benefits from mining gold? Not Lobo, Batangas!

“Let’s leave our children a living planet.” ~ WWF

Talk now, Monica!

…Not the people living in and around the mining area, that’s for sure.  Please help save Lobo, Batangas (beside Laiya) from destruction!  Spread the word!


“…(M)ost, if not all, of the barangay captains who gave their assent to mining–it turns out– did not know what open pit mining entailed. They were told that it would create jobs but did not realize that modern mining is not labor intensive and that it will, in the long run, and for hundreds of decades to come, impoverish them even more. They did not have the faintest idea that the soil upon which they derive crops will no longer be fit for planting, the seas from which they obtain food will die from pollution and poisoning, and the forested mountains that give them fresh air will be blown away.”

“…(A)ll that Lobo now boasts of, environmentally, geographically and historically, are in grave…

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