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P C S O 4 2 nd P r e s i d e n t i a l

RACE
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PCSO 42nd Presidential Gold Cup

The PCSO
Gold Cup as a
celebration
memories of two
racing fans

Hagdang
Bato vs Pugad
Lawinthe
rematch of
rivals

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Atty. Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II

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contents

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Official Starters of the 42nd PCSO


Presidential Gold Cup
35 & 36 Rolls of Champions: PCSO Gold Cup
and Silver Cup
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2014 PCSO Race Results
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PCSO in 2014: Agency News and
Events

and much more

PCSO 42nd Presidential Gold Cup


Souvenir Magazine
Published by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office
Sun Plaza Bldg., Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong City
Website: www.pcso.gov.ph

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JENNY ORTUOSTE
Editor-in-Chief
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Creative Director

Atty. WILFRED de
UNGRIA
NIHAWMA
LOWELA LUPISAN
LAURA JACINTO
ROSELLE DE LA
UMBRIA
JUSTINE SANTOS
DARCY GERONIMO

LEILA VALENCIA
ELIZABETH SINGSON
ARCHIE SOPENASKY
QUEENIE BALITA
Contributors
CHARLIE MAHINAY
Graphic Design

JAIME JACINTO
ARNOLD RAMOS
JOSEPH MUEGO
ERIC DE LOS REYES
JOSELITO VILELLA
Photographers
Racing Committee
CorPlan Department
Editorial Support

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Cover Story: Pugad Lawin wins 2013
PCSO Gold Cup
Race recaps: PCSO Silver Cup,
Freedom Cup, National Grand Derby,
and Anniversary Race
PCSO 2014 Maiden Races
Feature: PCSO Gold Cup: A
Celebration of Life

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This year, PCSO celebrates a significant edition of the PCSO Presidential Gold Cup not
only is this the 42nd running of this race, it also occurs during the agencys milestone 80th
anniversary.
As the longest continuously-held sporting event in the country, the PCSO Gold Cup holds an
iconic position in the world of horseracing and sports in general. Given the many economic
and other challenges that society faces today, the fact that we still enjoy it today speaks of
PCSOs commitment to uphold its mandate to support racing.
PCSO brings the same dedication to all its endeavors, particularly those in line with its
core service providing medical and healthcare-related assistance and core activity
raising funds for charity.

On this, its 80th anniversary year, PCSO renews its vow


of service to the Filipino people, who can be assured of
the hope and help that agency offers.

In behalf of the PCSO Board of Directors


and the PCSO family, welcome to
another chapter of this flagship
race, and to all, a very Merry
Christmas and Happy New Year!

Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II


Vice-Chairman and General
Manager

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PCSO 42nd Presidential Gold Cup

And on this occasion, the 2014 PCSO Presidential Gold


Cup in honor of President Benigno S. Aquino III, I wish
the best of luck and safe journey to all the participants,
and may racing fans enjoy another exciting event.

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TANGGAPAN NG PANGULO
PHILIPPINE CHARITY SWEEPSTAKES OFFICE
Tanggapan ng Sweepstakes Pangkawanggawa ng Pilipinas, Lungsod ng Mandaluyong

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Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office
Tanggapan ng Sweepstakes Pangkawanggawa ng Pilipinas
Lungsod ng Mandaluyong

Executive Officers

The Hon. Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II


Vice-Chairman and General Manager

gaming, product development,


& marketing sector

The PCSO Board of Directors (L-R): Director Atty.


Francisco Manuel G. Joaquin III, Director Ms. Betty B.
Nantes, Vice-Chairman and General Manager Atty. Jose
Ferdinand M. Rojas II, Director Atty. Mabel V. Mamba, and
Director Mr. Florencio Noel.
Conrado C. Zabella
Assistant
General Manager

Arnel N. Casas
Manager, Gaming
Technology Dept

Roger C. Ramirez
Manager, Product Standard
and Development Dept

Atty. Roman C. Torres


Manager, Security and
Printing Dept.

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PCSO 42nd Presidential Gold Cup

Mercedes J. Hinayon
Atty. Lauro A. Patiag
Manager, Legal Department Manager, Internal Audit Service

Branch Operations Sector

Josefina A. Sarsonas
Manager, National Capital
Region Dept.

Remeliza Jovita M.
Gabuyo
AGM Branch
Operations Sector

Romeo S. Rigodon
Manager, Northern and
Central Luzon Dept.

Julieta F. Aseo
Assistant General Manager

Management Services Sector

Romualdo V. Quiones
Manager, Corporate
Planning Department

Dr. Larry R. Cedro


Assistant General Manager

Federico A. Damole
Manager, Visayas Dept.

charity Sector

Dr. Jose Bernardo H.


Gochoco Jr.
Manager, Medical
Services Dept.

Administrative Sector

Ramon Ike C. Seeres


Manager, Information
Technology Services Dept.

Mario S. Pelisco
Manager, Mindanao Dept.

Rubin Magno
Manager, Charity
Assistance Dept.

Atty. Jose T. Malang


Assistant General Manager

Atty. Marissa O. Medrano


Manager, Human
Resources Dept.

Alegria R. Asuit
Manager, Treasury Dept.

Atty. Reena Yumina


M. Yason
Manager, Assets & Supply
Management Dept.

Atty. John Derek N.


Porciuncula
Manager, General Services
Dept.


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Irma Guemo
Manager, Southern
Tagalog and Bicol Region Dept.

Dorothy C. Robles
Manager, Accounting &
Budget Department

racing Committee

MINDANAO
Davao: Atty. Ravena Joy
Rama-Patalinghug
Misamis Oriental: Raul Regondola
South Cotabato: Atty. Elvie Uy
Zamboanga del Sur: Gloria Ybaez
Bukidnon: Divina Salvacion
Agusan del Norte: Misael Hamak
Surigao del Norte: Michele Ryan
Mendoza
Zamboanga del Norte: Analisa
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Isabela: Reynaldo Martin

VISAYAS
Cebu: Glen Jesus Rada
Iloilo: Cedric Recamara
Leyte: Genciano Creer
Samar: Janette Lloyd

Bohol: Roberto Pio Cinco


Negros Occidental: Abigail Reformina
Negros Oriental: Belena Alvarez
Capiz: Jose Manuel Villagracia
Aklan: John Martin Alipao

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Batangas: Leticia Renomeron


Cavite: Paloma Malinao
Laguna: Flora Obina
Palawan: Rolando Batislaong Jr.
Quezon: Lady Elaine Gatdula
Rizal: Cecil Cruz
Oriental Mindoro: Augusto Tordillos
Albay: Laila Galang
Sorsogon: Doris Olondriz
Camarines Sur: Nelly Loyola
Camarines Norte: Estrella Abasolo
Marinduque: Lady Elaine Gatdula

Pangasinan: Yamashita Japinan


Cagayan: Herson Pambid
Benguet: Ernieli Dancel
La Union: Lalaine Figueroa
Mountain Province: Ernieli Dancel
Ilocos Norte: Marthia Miranda
Bataan: Erlinda Yano
Bulacan: Editha Romero
Nueva Ecija: Reynaldo Carbonel
Pampanga: Ma. Lourdes Soliman
Tarlac: Lolito Guemo
Zambales: Pierre Ferrer

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Messages
In behalf of the Committee on Races, welcome to the PCSOs 80th Anniversary edition of
the PCSO Presidential Gold Cup.
For more than four decades, the PCSO has sustained this grand tradition as part of its
legacy to the sport of horseracing. Today the race has attained no less a status than
legendary, and we are proud to be a part of this historic event and to be able to bring it
to you year after year.
We thank the Philippine Racing Commission for partnering once again with PCSO to make
this race the richest on the calendar, and the Manila Jockey Club for their support in
staging this event at their San Lazaro Leisure Park this year.
Our gratitude also goes to the participants who have joined to
make this event another exciting one, and to the racing fans who
will make this day successful.
Our best Christmas and New Year wishes as well to everyone, as
we celebrate with thanks all the momentous occasions we have
been privileged to witness.

I wish all racing aficionados will always patronize the PCSOs staging
of the most awaited race of the year the PCSO Presidential Gold
Cup. Through this and the other races that comprise the PCSOs
racing program, we hope the industry gains incentives to continue
breeding top-caliber horses that will adorn the sport and bring
entertainment to sports fans.
PCSO Racing Committee and Technical Working Group members at Metro Turf racecourse,
Malvar, Cavite, for the PCSO Freedom Cup, 23 Feb. 2014: (L-R front) Divine Miranda (TWG), Jenny Ortuoste,
Dorina Magpantay (TWG), Elenita Valencia (TWG); (L-R back) Desoto Tupaz (vice-chairman), Orlando Malaca,
Carlos Castillo (vice-chairman), Atty. Jose T. Malang (chairman), PCSO Vice-Chairman and GM Atty. Joy Rojas,
AGM-Gaming Sector Conrado Zabella, Jesus Villanueva, Reynaldo Empremiado (TWG), Luisito Raoza (TWG),
Reynaldo Padilla (TWG).
Other members are: Atty. John Derek Porciuncula (racing secretary), Atty. Reena Yason (assistant
secretary), Dr. Gary de Leon (TWG), Kevin San Agustin (TWG), Atty. Gay Alvor, Arnel Casas, Dr. Romeo
Buencamino, and Daniel Valmonte.

Enjoy the 42nd PCSO Presidential Gold Cup 80th Anniversary


Edition and good luck to all the participants! Maligayang Pasko at
Manigong Bagong Taon!
Carlos M. Castillo
Vice-Chairman, Committee on Races

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PCSO 42nd Presidential Gold Cup

Jose T. Malang
Chairman, Racing Committee

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Congratulations!

Philippine Charity
Sweepstakes Office
(PCSO)

Philippine Racing Commission

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The Philippine Racing Commission is proud to once again co-sponsor with the Philippine
Charity Sweepstakes Office the PCSO Presidential Gold Cup.

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The PCSO Presidential Gold Cup is the most-awaited and prestigious event in horse racing
in the country. The horse owners, jockeys, trainers and other personnel prepare diligently
and conscientiously for this race because pride and prestige are at stake.

PCSO 42nd Presidential Gold Cup

The Presidential Gold Cup is rich in tradition because it is in this race where the finest,
strongest, fastest, and sturdiest horse is seen and known. The horse racing aficionado
eagerly awaits this event to see and enjoy the competition and battle among the best
horses in the country.
On behalf of the Philracom Board of Commissioners, staff and employees, I wish all the
stakeholders in this event good luck and a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

ANGEL L. CASTAO JR.


Chairman

Message
On behalf of Manila Jockey Club, Inc. (MJCI), I would like to express my warmest felicitations
to the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) on the celebration of their 80th
Anniversary of selfless and unwavering service to the Filipino people.

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With the staging of the 42nd PCSO Presidential Gold Cup at San Lazaro Leisure Park
(SLLP), MJCI is honored to be a partner of the PCSO in achieving its noble objectives. This
prestigious racing event, participated in by the best horses in the industry, is an awaited
spectacle among racing fans.
I am confident that this year will be no different. More significantly, the Bayang Karerista is
given the opportunity to do their share as part of the proceeds will help fund the various
programs of the PCSO.
I take this opportunity to congratulate and commend the efforts of the PCSO under its
present leadership. As a major supporter of the industry, the PCSO has helped revitalize
local horse racing through its monthly maiden races and special events. I am confident
that this partnership will grow more fruitful in the future, and will be filled with more
exciting offerings for the racing community.
Our best wishes to the participants of this years competition.

ALFONSO REYNO JR.


Chairman and CEO of Manila Jockey Club, Inc.

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Throughout the years, this institution has stayed true to its mandate of uplifting the lives of
the Filipino people. It is at the forefront of social responsibility, diligently providing medical
and financial assistance to our underprivileged countrymen.

cover story

Pugad Lawin
scores upset in 2013
PCSO Gold Cup
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> By Jenny Ortuoste <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

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ays after it was run, racing


fans were still talking about
the 41st PCSO Presidential Gold
Cup, where the outstanding favorite
Hagdang Bato was defeated by
nemesis Pugad Lawin.

The PCSOs flagship racing


event, held over 2,000 meters
on 1 Dec. 2013 at the Manila
Jockey Clubs San Lazaro
Leisure Park, attracted ten
runners with its first prize
of P4 million P3 million
from PCSO plus P1 million
from the Philippine Racing
Commission.
Hagdang Bato, winner of
the PCSO 2012 Gold Cup, was
gunning for a back-to-back
win. The talented 4YO colt of
Mandaluyong Mayor Benhur
C. Abalos had also won the
PCSO Freedom Cup in Feb.
2013, the PCSO Silver Cup in
July 2013, and the MARHO
Classic in Nov. 2013, among
other victories.

In the 2013 PCSO Gold


Cup, Hagdang Bato was sent
off with over P600,000 in
the Daily Double pool that
totaled P674,000, with Spring
Collection the remote second
favorite, followed by
My Champ and
Pugad Lawin,
who sold only
P6,974 in the
DD.
When the gates
flew back, fans were
dismayed to see
Hagdang Batos front
legs buckle under him at
the jump-out, his belly
almost grazing the sand.
He recovered, but too
late. Arriba Amor had

the lead, with the Jonathan


Hernandez-guided Hagdang
Bato trying to find a good
path from sixth position.

At the back stretch,
pack runner Pugad Lawin
with Patricio Dilema
aboard gained the
lead, followed by
My Champ, Boss
Jaden, Hagdang Bato,
and Divine Eagle in that
order, followed by the five
other runners.

Down the stretch,
Pugad Lawin made good
ground on the inside
as My Champ staged a
determined rally, slowly
closing the gap between
them, only to lose by

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At the awarding ceremony, Pugad Lawins owners Tony Tan and Jun Ferrer are congratulated by (L-R) MJC Racing
Manager Jose Ramon C. Magboo, Philracom Comm. Jesus B. Cantos, MJC Chairman and CEO Atty. Alfonso R. Reyno
Jr., Philracom Chairman Angel L. Castao Jr., and PCSO Vice-Chairman and General Manager Atty. Jose Ferdinand M.
Rojas II. Behind them are members of the PCSO Racing Committee.

Jockey Dilema pumped


a fist and grinned when he
received his glass trophy,
while trainer Ruben S.
Tupas (who also conditions
Hagdang Bato) wore his
usual benevolent smile.
Detdet Fernando and
Bernard Bernabe received the

The ten jockeys of the 2013 PCSO Presidential Gold Cup.

breeders trophy in behalf of


Tan, who bred Pugad Lawin.
By Refuse to Bend (Ire) out
of Unstoppable Lady (Aus),
Pugad Lawin was the winner
of the PCSO Anniversary Race
in October 2013.
Also present at the loud
and vibrant awarding

ceremony were MJC


Chairman Alfonso Reyno Jr.
and Racing Manager Jose
Ramon C. Magboo, Philracom
Chairman Angel L. Castao
Jr. and Commissioners Jesus
B. Cantos and Lyndon B.
Guce, PCSO Assistant General
Manager for Gaming Conrado

C. Zabella, Assistant General


Manager for Administration
and Racing Committee
Chairman Jose T. Malang,
and others from the PCSO
Racing Committee.
Mayor Abalos was in Rome
when the race was held, but
his connections who were

at SLLP said that Hagdang


Bato did not go lame after the
race, but suffered a threeinch crack in one hoof.

(Originally published in
the authors The Hoarse
Whisperer column in Manila
Standard-Today, 4 Dec. 2013.)

In between event muses, the winning connections of Pugad Lawin (L-R): jockey Patricio R. Dilema, trainer Ruben S.
Tupas, co-owners Antonio V. Tan and Victor V. Ferrer Jr., and the owners friends Detdet Fernando and Bernard Bernabe.

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half-a-length to the relentless


Pugad Lawin.
Dilema punched a fist
in the air as he crossed
the wire first, winning the
Gold Cup again for only the
second time since 2001 when
he booted the legendary
Wind Blown.
Hide Away Farms My
Champ was a close second
to win P1 million, followed
by lawyer Sixto S. Esquivias
IVs Boss Jaden in third for
P500,000.
Hagdang Bato did not go
home empty-handed, scoring
P300,000 for his fourth-place
finish.
The total time for the hotlycontested race was 2:11 (2424-27-28-27).
The proud co-owners
of 4YO colt Pugad Lawin,
Antonio V. Tan Jr. and Victor
V. Ferrer Jr., wore red shirts
for luck and sported ear-to-ear
grins as they received their
replica Gold Cup from PCSO
Vice-Chairman and General
Manager Jose Ferdinand M.
Rojas II.

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>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> By Jenny Ortuoste <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

t was like the 2013 PCSO


Presidential Gold Cup all over
again a shocking encounter
between elite thoroughbreds with an
unexpected outcome.

Silver Cup trophies: The


PCSO Silver Cup gleams amid the
other trophies on display.

This years PCSO Silver


Cup saw the two arch-rivals
Hagdang Bato and Pugad
Lawin meet again at Santa
Ana Park last 1 June 2014 to
battle for glory in one of the
sports major stakes races
and for the fat purse of P2.5
million.
Hagdang Bato, the
defending champion of the
event, was considered a
shoo-in and emerged the
outstanding favorite in the
sales despite enduring a
heartbreaking loss to Pugad

Hagdang Bato, guided by


Jonathan Hernandez, grabbed
the early lead, while Pugad
Lawin clung to his flank,
the others running lengths
behind.
But instead of dropping
back a few lengths to pace
the frontrunner, the Jesse
Guce-guided Pugad Lawin
matched Hagdang Bato stride
for stride, both horses killing
the pace and trying to wear
each other down during the
long journey.
Fans expected Hagdang

Lawin in last years Gold Cup.


He suffered a cracked
heel for his efforts back then
but made a good recovery,
winning the Philracom
Commissioners Cup last
March.
Pugad Lawin, on the
strength of his being a giant
killer, was the far it would
be more accurate to say
remote - second choice
in the Silver Cup, which
attracted five other entries.
When the gates flew back
for the 2,000 meter race,

Pugad Lawin pulls away from Hagdang Bato in the final stages of the race to win the 2014 PCSO Silver Cup.

PCSO Vice-Chairman and GM Atty. Joy Rojas (left) with the connections of
Pugad Lawin (L-R); horseowner Vicente Go Bon, Pugad Lawin co-owner Jun
Ferrer, Bernard Bernabe, Pugad Lawin co-owner Tony Tan, trainer Ruben
Tupas, and jockey Jesse Guce.

Lawin, Antonio Tony Tan


and Jun Ferrer, both wearing
red for luck, like they did
at the 2013 PCSO Gold Cup.
They were accompanied by
fellow horseowner Vicente Go
Bon.
Tan also owned Native
Land, who won the 2007
PCSO Presidential Gold Cup
likewise with jockey Jesse
Guce.
The charity proceeds
of the race benefited

the municipality of Naic


through the renovation and
rehabilitation of the Naic
Municipal Hospital, upon the
request of Naic Mayor Junio
C. Dualan. Naic Administrator
Lito Senia represented the
mayor at the awarding
ceremony.

This story in its original


form was first published in
Manila Standard-Today on 4
June 2014.

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Pugad Lawin shocks in


the 19th PCSO Silver Cup

Bato to step up the pace at


the far turn and pull away.
However, Pugad Lawin rallied
too, finally pulling away from
Hagdang Bato in the stretch
to win by four.
A spent-looking Hagdang
Bato placed second, followed
by Tensile Strength, Spinning
Ridge, Steel Creation, Captain
Ball, and Sulong Pinoy last.
The total time for the race
was a leisurely 2:07.4 (25-2425-24-27).
Present at the awarding
ceremony were, from PCSO,
Vice-Chairman and General
Manager Jose Ferdinand
M. Rojas II, Committee on
Races Chairman Jose T.
Malang, and other committee
members.
The host track, Santa
Ana Park, was represented
by Philippine Racing Club
Chairman Santiago Cua Jr.,
Executive Vice-President
Allan Abesamis, and
Assistant Racing Manager
Eric Salido.
On hand to receive the
heavy PCSO Silver Cup were
the co-owners of Pugad

Hari ng Yambo rules


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t six, he was the


oldest in a field of
ten horses.
But age didnt stop
veteran stakes winner Hari
ng Yambo from trouncing
the outstanding favorite
to clinch this years PCSO
Freedom Cup.

Hari ng Yambo pulls


away from Basic
Instint (#3) to win by
two in the 2014 PCSO
Freedom Cup.

But it seems there was a karmic price to


pay for that victory.
Pugad Lawin was the top choice, carrying
over P361,000 in the Daily Double pool,
with Emmanuel Santoss Hari ng Yambo the
far second favorite selling at only around
P36,000.
The speedy Golden Empire carried the
lead for most of the race, with Hot and Spicy,

This story in its original


form was first published
in Manila Standard-Today
on 26 Feb. 2014.

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Held 23 Feb. 2014 at Metro Manila


Turf Club (MMTC) racecourse in Malvar,
Batangas, to mark the anniversary of the
People Power Revolution, the mile race was
PCSOs first major offering of the year.
It drew a high-powered cast, including
Tony Tans Pugad Lawin, which won the
2013 PCSO Presidential Gold Cup over the
heavy favorite Hagdang Bato.

The riders of the


2014 PCSO Free
dom Cup (L-R):
Paul A. Guce, Je
John
sse B. Guce, Je
ffrey B. Bacaycay
Alvarez, Patricio
, Mark A.
R. Dilema, JV Po
nce, RO Niu, an
Abobo.
d Kelvin B.

Leonor, and Pugad Lawin in contention.


It wasnt till the backstretch that Hari ng
Yambo started moving up to position himself
as frontrunner by the far turn.
He came strongly down the center of the
lane in the homestretch to win by nearly two
lengths.
Manuel Alvarezs Basic Instinct came in
second, Lamberto Almeda Jr.s Golden Empire
horseowner
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The win was worth P800,000
and
for Santos, trainer Renato C.
Hipolito, and jockey John Paul
A. Guce. Prizes were also
given up to fourth place.
The runners set blistering
quarters of 24-22-22-26 on
Malvars typically fast track
for a total time of 1:35.4.
This time is more than
two seconds better than the
1:37.8 of Hagdang Bato set at
Santa Ana Park during the
PCSO Grand Derby in 2012,
listed in Philracoms official
track record as the record
PCSO ViceChairman an
for the mile, that, however,
d GM Atty. Jo
horseowner
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Emmanuel S
es the hand
antoss repr
of the 2014
still officially stands.
of
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PCS

Malaya almost breaks record


in PCSO National Grand Derby
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> By Jenny Ortuoste <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

sland-born filly Malaya almost


broke the record for the mile in the
PCSO National Grand Derby last 3
Aug. 2014 at Santa Ana Park in Naic,
Cavite.

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The top favorite Tap


Dance jumped out of the
gate first, followed by
Malaya, who took the
lead before the first bend
and pulled away down
the stretch to win by five
lengths over a spent Tap
Dance and three others.

Manalig Ka came in third,


Malayas coupled entry Fire
Bull fourth (in prize money),
and Wild Talk last (fourth in
the betting).
Malaya, the lone filly in
this race, posted 1:38 (2523-23-25) for the mile,tying
the old record set by another

island-born racemare, Copper


Dew of the late Jose Mari
Franco.
Her time was a mere
fraction of a second away
from breaking the standing
record for the mile - 1:37.8
- set by Hagdang Bato in
the 2012 edition of the PCSO
National Grand Derby, also
held at Santa Ana Park.
By Sky Mesa out of
Dreambride, Malaya is owned
by Mandaluyong City Mayor
Benhur Abalos, trained
by Ruben S. Tupas, and
was ridden by Jonathan B.
Hernandez.

ntonio
V. Tans
veteran
campaigner
Pugad Lawin
easily won
the PCSO 80th
Anniversary
Race on 12 Oct.
2014 at the Metro
Turf racecourse,
Malvar, Batangas.

was ridden by Patricio


Dilema instead of Jesse Guce
who had fallen in a previous
race. The clock stopped at
1:34 (24.2-21.8-22.6-25.4) for
the mile race.
Pugad Lawin was in great
condition considering that he
had the disadvantage of an
additional half-kilo handicap
weight compared to the
others.
The win was worth
P800,000 and fourth place
P150,000 for Tan.

The Abalos-owned
Hagdang Bato, who was
initially declared for this race,
was withdrawn after suffering
a quarter crack that bled twice
prior to the event. Racing fans
were disappointed; theyd been
expecting a grudge match
between Hagdang Bato and
his nemesis Pugad Lawin.
Jenny Ortuoste

This story in its original


form was first published in
Manila Standard-Today on 15
Oct. 2014.

Pugad Lawin soars in PCSO


80th Anniversary Race

Mayor Benhur Abaloss Malaya, with Jonathan Hernandez aboard, convincingly wins the 2014 PCSO National Grand
Derby at Santa Ana Park.

Pugad Lawin, with substitute rider Patty Dilema on top, cruises to victory in the 2014 PCSO 80th Anniversary Race.

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The defending champion


of the PCSO Presidential
Gold Cup race won by ten
lengths over Honorato Neris
Sky Dragon, who came in
second. Mandaluyong City
Mayor Benhur Abaloss El
Libertador placed third and
Tans Furniture King fourth
and last.
Pugad Lawin (Refuse to
Bend x Unstoppable Lady)

PCSO Vice-Chairman and GM Atty. Joy Rojas (center, in white) looks on as


Director Atty. Francisco Manuel G. Joaquin awards the trophy to Pugad Lawin
owner Tony Tan (in red). With them are PCSO officials, employees, and other
connections.

The
PCSO
2014

Maiden
Races

Again third, and Misty Blue


fourth.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> By Jenny Ortuoste <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

Definitely Great reaches the wire ahead of Cats Regal and Think Again on Apr. 5 at Metro Turf.

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Jockey Antonio B. Alcasid aboard Tan Goal posts a win in the first PCSO
maiden race of 2014, on Feb. 15 at Santa Ana Park.

Special Maiden Race 3YO


1,200 meters / 5 Apr.
Metro Turf Racecourse
Definitely Great
Top favorite Definitely

The horses break out of the gate for the May 10 race won by Firebull and
Jonathan Hernandez (No. 6, yellow silks).

Great, owned by
Mandaluyong City Mayor
Benhur Abalos and ridden by
Kelvin Abobo, broke cleanly
out of the gate and ran off the
pace behind the leader, Misty
Blue.
Think Again, the lone colt,
bided his time in third.
Abobo began rallying
his horse at the backstretch
and negotiated a path on the
outside, gaining the lead at
the home turn and pulling
away to win by two lengths.
The daughter of Quaker
Ridge out of racemare
Joletsky took home the
first prize of P600,000 and
clocked 1:10.6. Cats Regal
took second place, Think

Special Maiden Race 2YO


1,400 meters / 5 July
San Lazaro Leisure Park
Princess Ella

Longshot Princess Meili wins the Sept. 20 race.

In one of those surprise


outcomes that make
horseracing so interesting,
a fourth-choice longshot
clobbered six other elite
juveniles in this race.
The quickstepping Buzzer
Beater was first out of the
gate, with Hook Shot, the
favorite and trial race winner,
grabbing the lead before the
bend. Super Spicy wrested
the front by the far turn,
but faded down the stretch,
overtaken by Hook Shot and
the John Alvin Guce-steered

PCSO Racing Committee member Orlando Malaca hands jockey Kelvin Abobo
the trophy for his win on Driven on Nov. 8 at SLLP. With them are Racing
Committee chairman Carlos Castillo and member Dr. Romeo Buencamino.

Princess Ella, the mere fourth


choice in the sales, who
staged a precocious rally to
win by 1.5 lengths.
Princess Ella, owned by
SC Stockfarm and trained by
Chito Santos, clocked 1:31
(13-24-25-28). Hook Shot was
second, Jazz Asia third, and
Polka Dot Bikini fourth.
Special Maiden Race 2YO
1,400 meters/ 20 Sept.
Metro Turf Racecourse
Princess Meili
Lightly-regarded Princess
Meili shocked racing fans by
winning this race, dominated
in the sales by dual trial
race winners SI Rookie and
Hurricane Ridge.
The lead was taken by
Epic, with SI Rookie off the
pace, and Dauntless running
in third.At the backstretch,
Princess Meili, guided by
Jonathan Hernandez, took the
tight rail lane, saving ground.
Longshot Miss Brulay
moved up as well and the
two fillies ran neck-andneck down the stretch, with

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Special Maiden Race 3YO


1,200 meters / 15 Feb.
Santa Ana Park
Tan Goal
Veteran rider Antonio B.
Alcasid Jr. piloted Ferdinand
T. Eusebios Tan Goal to a
decisive win in front of race
trial winner Kanlaon from
the Abalos stable. Tan Goal
won by eight lengths and
set blistering splits of 2423-26 to clock 1:14.6, nearly
a full two seconds ahead of
Kanlaon. Wild Talk came in
third, Real Lady fourth.

Special Maiden Race 3YO


1,600 meters / 10 May
Santa Ana Park
Fire Bull
Outstanding favorite
Fire Bull, with Jonathan
Hernandez aboard, jumped
well out off the gate, and ran
off the pace to Hello Kaetee,
burning up the track at the
far turn to win easily by
many lengths.
Hello Kaetee placed
second. The other two
entries, Thunder Kat and
Kadayawan, came in third
and fourth respectively, but
were hardly in contention at
all.
The clock stopped at 1:44.8
(26-25-25-27).
Mayor Benhur Abalos,
owner of Fire Bull, is also its
breeder (Bwana Bull x Fire
Down Under). Fire Bull is
a half-brother to champion
Hagdang Bato on the dam
side.

WA
GA

Hermie Esguerras
Real Spicy was
the Gold Cup
winner in 2006.

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he mad scramble
to the finish line, the
stiff jockeying for the
front post, and the ensuing
unpredictability from the gate
to the finish line makes the
PCSO Presidential Gold Cup
race the top horseracing
spectacle of the year.
And why not?
The Presidential Gold
Cup is the premier race run
in the country. Only the best
and the brightest among
the locally-bred racehorses
compete in this celebrated
annual event. It is
the culmination of
all competition that
takes place in the local
racetracks.
But more than anything
else, the PCSO Presidential

Gold Cup is a celebration. It is


a celebration of everything and
anything that is beautiful and
meaningful in horseracing. It is
a celebration of life, so to speak,
because an intense, galloping
racehorse symbolizes life and all
its ups and downs.
It is a celebration participated
by all racing aficionados
from the jeepney barker
and tricycle driver who go to
the nearest off track betting
station to wager a few pesos on
their favorite racehorses, to the
big horseowners whose love for
horseracing pushes them to take
good care of the racehorses
and treat them not as
investments but as friends
and partners.
Horseracing is fun.
But its entertainment

PCSO 42nd Presidential Gold Cup

PCSO Gaming Technology Dept. Manager Arnel Casas hands Chito Santos
his trophy as trainer of Princess Ella, winner of the July 5 race. With them are
PCSOs Vice-Chairman and GM Atty. Joy Rojas and Gaming Sector AGM
Conrado Zabella.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>> By Philip M. Lustre Jr. <<<<<<<<<<<

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Special Maiden Race 2YO


1,300 meters / 8 Nov.
San Lazaro Leisure Park
Driven
A longshot claimed victory

PCSO

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PCSO 42nd Presidential Gold Cup

Special Maiden Race 2YO


1,200 meters / 4 Oct.
Santa Ana Park
Sky Hook
Mere fourth choice Sky
Hook came from behind
to score an upset over the
favorite Showtime in this
heart-stopping competition.
Showtime was first out
of the gate, followed closely
by Enchanted and Jenz
Slasher two lengths away. At
the backstretch, Enchanted
grabbed the lead with Jebel
Ali and Jenz Slasher in
pursuit, the others biding
their time behind.
Both Showtime and Sky
Hook started moving up at the
far turn and ran head to head
down the stretch, an exciting
move that had racing fans
shouting themselves hoarse.

It was pretty close at


the wire, but the judges
declared it Sky Hook (a
Hook and Ladder colt), by a
neck. Showtime was second,
followed by Valley Ridge. The
time was 1:13.8 (24-23-26).

UMPUNG TA
AL
O
W

NG

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Princess Meili persevering


enough to win by half-alength.
Princess Meili (Hook and
Ladder out of Feverishly), is
owned by new horseowner
Bingson U. Tecson and
trained by Donato Sordan.The
time for the race was 1:23.2
(12-20-23-27).

A Celebration
PCSO Presidential
of Life
Gold
Cup
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race recap
Joseph Dyhengcos Sky Hook,with jockey Jordan Cordova (orange silks),
edges out Showtime in the Oct. 4 race at Santa Ana Park.

in yet another exciting


outcome for PCSOs racing
year.
With the field reduced
to five entries after the
scratching of Red Lakota,
Takeitorleaveit, which won
the trial race, was sent off as
the favorite.
Mayweather took the
lead, followed a length
away by Pamulinawen.
Driven and Takeitorleaveit
followed behind, with Lady
of Diamonds running last.
It looked like a wire-to-wire
shoo-in for the leader, but to
everyones surprise, Driven
(Hook and Ladder x My
Gals Gold), only the fourth
favorite, was steered by
jockey Kelvin Abobo on a
rally down the stretch to win
by a length.
The time for the race
was 1:23.2 (7-23-24-28).
Mayweather took second,
followed by Takeitorleaveit,
Lady of Diamonds, and
Pamulinawen last.

The mighty Empire King


owned by David Lee was
victorious in the 2004
Gold Cup; here ridden by
Antonio B. Alcasid Jr.

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especially when their horse


wins the prestigious race.
PCSO has seen the
wisdom of holding this most
special race for outstanding
Thoroughbreds, a prestigious
race that honors the
President of the country.
In 1973, or 42 years
ago, PCSO sponsored the
first Presidential Gold Cup.
Throngs of racing fans
visited the racetrack to see
the celebrated Sun God of
the late Don Pedro Cojuangco

Tony Tans Native Land, here with


Jesse Guce, won the Gold Cup in
2007.

wallop its opponents. The late


premier jockey Elias Ordiales,
the acknowledged master of
the pace, guided Sun God,
which later became the
sire of a number of equally
excellent racehorses.
The initial success
encouraged PCSO to make
the Presidential Gold Cup an
annual event, the culmination

PCSO Presidential Gold Cup: From Sun God to Hagdang Bato

n 7 Oct. 1973, the PCSO Presidential Gold Cup was


first run through the efforts of the late Capt. Nereo C.
Andolong [then-PCSO chairman] at the old San Lazaro
Hippodrome in Tayuman.
It was witnessed by a jampacked crowd and the muchtalked-about race involved side-bets in the race track. It
was the face-off of perennial crowd favoritesIlocos King
and Sun God.
The racing fans witnessed the expert handling by
jockey Elias Ordiales of Sun God, crossing the wire on a
muddy track and going on to defeat Ilocos King with jockey
Cresencio Leona aboard. Sun God proved that a previous
win of his over Ilocos King was not a fluke.
Ilocos King, owned by Constante Rubio, tasted his
second consecutive defeat at the Philippine Racing Club,
Inc.(PRCI) Horse of the Year race at Santa Ana Park. Sun
God, owned by Don Pedro Cojuangco, clocked 2:19 for the
distance of 2,000 meters at the old San Lazaro Hippodrome.
Its possible that if the Presidential Gold Cup at the
time was not limited to horses that had never won the

race before, Sun God would have been the first horse to
achieve the first ever back-to-back victories.
On 5 Oct. 1974, Ilocos King with jockey Cresencio
became the second horse to win the Presidential Gold
Cup. He set the fastest winning time of 2:17 and broke the
record of Sun God. The crowd at San Lazaro Hippodrome
went wild when the official time was announced in the
public address system. Racing fans were clamoring for a
one-on-one or match race but it didnt push through.
On 2 Nov. 1975, Hennas Gold, owned by Ric Poblete
and ridden by Andres Camba, became the third horse
to win the Presidential Gold Cup and equalled the track
record of Ilocos King.
The following year, Fiorella, owned by Gretchen
Cojuangco and ridden by Jesus Guce, erased the old track
record of Ilocos King and Hennas Gold.
Gypsy Grey, owned by Canlubang Sugar Estate,
attempted three times before becoming a winner in the
Presidential Gold Cup. He posted a second place finish
against Fiorella in 1976 and another second place to

Mayor Benhur Abaloss Ibarra won


the Gold Cup in 2008. Here shown
with Antonio B. Alcasid Jr. after
winning the 2nd leg of the Triple
Crown as a 3YO.

stakes race. On the contrary,


the racing community
celebrates the gains and joys
the racing fans collectively get
from horseracing.
Horseracing gives fans
the respite from the boredom
of the dreary grind of daily
life. It provides a shield
from the gloom and doom of
every disaster or calamity
that strikes the country with
impunity. It enables fans to
cope with all the anxieties
and doubts that haunt daily
existence.

stablemate Little
Morning in 1977.
The grey galloper
finally won the
Presidential Gold Cup
in 1978, with Eduardo
[Domingo] Jr. in the
irons. He attempted
for a back-to-back win
but finished second to
Peping Cojuangcos
Honor Roll in 1979.
On 12 Dec. 1982,
the legendary Fair
And Square (by
Belgrave Square out
of Fair Sea), ridden by
Fair and Square with El Maestro Jesus Guce, became
jockey Jesus C. Guce at the San the first horse to win
Lazaro Hippodrome in Manila.
the elusive back-toback victory in the history of the Presidential Gold Cup.
The chestnut colt was owned by Cesar and Herminia
Mamon of C &H Enterprises.

With the President giving


us the cue to go on living
and making the most out
of it, we give our collective
attention to make every
Presidential Gold Cup race a
success.
The national prominence
every Presidential Gold
Cup race enjoys would not
be complete without the
commitment and support of
the racing fans, who believe
that horseracing is fun, and
that life is worth living with
horseracing.

Sun Dancer, a progeny of Fair and Square, duplicated


the same feat in 1989 and 1990.
On 6 Dec. 2009, Don Enrico dominated the 37th
Presidential Gold Cup. He came away not only with the
biggest purse of his entire career but also denied Ibarra
the chance for a back-to-back victory in the Presidential
Gold Cup at the San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona,
Cavite.
The following year, Ibarra competed in the Presidential
Gold Cup but Yes Pogi won the race. Ibarra finished fourth
behind Righthererightnow and Go Army. It was one of
Ibarras unplaced finishes in his racing career.
On 1 Dec. 2013 at SLLP, Hagdang Bato, the halfbrother of Ibarra, sought to become the sixth horse
gunning for a back-to-back victory in the Presidential Gold
Cup (which Ibarra failed to accomplish) but lost to Pugad
Lawin. Hagdang Bato finished fourth behind My Champ
and Boss Jaden. It was also one of Hagdang Batos
unplaced finishes.
Nihawma

Link to article and photo here: http://nihawma.


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side is most appreciated


when racing fans see the best
and the brightest among the
current crop of locally bred
racehorses competing in a
race which offers the biggest
pot of prize money ever.
Notwithstanding the
prize money, the exercise
of bragging rights by a
gentleman-owner and his
connections, which include
the jockey, trainer, and
grooms, is the paramount
consideration and importance

PCSO employees admire the 2011 PCSO Gold Cup trophy. A different design
is executed each year, and every Gold Cup bears the likeness of the incumbent
president.

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of all competition in a year.


This is the reason it is held
every December.
But the succeeding
Presidential Gold Cup
events evolved to become
celebrations of sort for all
the good graces the racing
community gets from
horseracing.
It is simply not just another

2,000 meters, 21 December 2014


San Lazaro Leisure Park, Carmona, Cavite

My Champ / 4YO colt,


54.5 kgs
Owner: Hideaway
Farm Corp.
Jockey: D. L. Camaero
Trainer: Nelson A. Lorica
Pedigree: Baseball Champion
x Romantic Thriller

Pugad Lawin /
5YO colt, 58.5 kgs.
Owner:
Antonio V. Tan
Jockey: P. R. Dilema
Trainer: Ruben S. Tupas
Pedigree: Refuse to Bend
x Unstoppable Lady

My Champ
Pugad Lawin

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Kaiserslautern / 3YO bay filly,


53kgs.
Owner: Leonardo M. Javier Jr.
Jockey: J. P. A. Guce
Trainer: R. R. Henson
Pedigree:
Showing Up x Freudenfest

Mr. Bond / 3YO colt,


54.5 kgs.
Owner: Herminio S.
Esguerra
Jockey: F. M. Raquel Jr.
Trainer: H. S. Esguerra
Pedigree: Alim x
Flavorofthemonth

El Libertador / 4YO colt,


45.5 kgs.
Owner: Benhur C. Abalos
Jockey: A. R. Villegas
Trainer: C. C. Angeles
Pedigree: Perfect Cut x
Savannah Wind

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> By Atty. Will de Ungria <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

With Mandaluyong Mayor


Benhur C. Abaloss Hagdang
Bato recently routing the field
in the 2014 Philracom Amb.
Eduardo Cojuangco Jr. (ECJ)
Cup last Nov. 30 during the
Metropolitan Association of
Race Horse Owners (MARHO)
Ruby Racing Festival, racing
fans expect no less than a
sterling performance from
this progeny of Quaker Ridge
out of Fire Down Under.
Why not? Still fresh in the
minds of aficionados is that
in the ECJ Cup, Crucis tried
to pull a fast one and jumped
out of the gate quickly,

Hagdang Bato and


Jonathan Hernandez
win the 2014 Philracom
Eduardo M. Cojuangco Jr.
Cup at SLLP on Nov. 30.

El Libertador

3a

Hagdang Bato /
5YO colt, 58.5kgs.
Owner: Benhur C. Abalos
Jockey: J. B. Hernandez
Trainer: Ruben S. Tupas
Pedigree: Quaker Ridge x
Fire Down Under

Kaiserslautern

banking perhaps on Hagdang


Batos reputation of being a
hesitant pacer and loving to
run on its own pace.
But Jonathan B.
Hernandez, Hagdang Batos
able rider, would have none
of it and ran after Crucis
immediately and wrested
the lead with ease. In the
process, Hagdang Bato not
only proved versatility and

Whos it going
to be this time
around?

stamina, it registered a time


of 2:04.6 for the grueling
2,000 meters at the Manila
Jockey Clubs San Lazaro
Leisure Park, just a fraction
off the record for the distance
(2:04.4, held by Wild Orchid,
Stowaway Lass, and Yes,
Pogi).
The quarter clockings
(15-23-25-25-25) of
Hagdang Bato for the ECJ
Cup, however, reveal that
its establishment of a new
record is not far off. The
strong finish of 25 showed
that Hagdang Bato had plenty
to spare and this is a cause

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Mr. Bond

Hagdang Bato vs
Pugad Lawin: The
rematch

scenario

Official Starters

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Hagdang Bato nearly


stumbled whilst bolting out of
the gate in that race.
The second time was at
the Philippine Racing Clubs
Santa Ana Park six months
later, with which win Pugad
Lawin made the critics
swallow their tongues.
The absence of jockey
Jesse B. Guce, the former
jockey of Pugad Lawin who is
now sidelined due to injury,
should not dishearten Pugad
Lawins backers since it was
Patricio Dilema who steered
Pugad Lawin to victory in
last years Gold Cup, and
needless to state, rider and
runner are familiar with each
other.
While the others may
be concerned because the
recent performances of
Hagdang Bato
outshine
those of

Pugad
Lawin, one
headstrong fan
concludes that You
can throw away the
record books because
once Hagdang Bato sees
Pugad Lawin, Hagdang Bato
will lose his confidence. He
will remember that Pugad
Pugad
Lawin

Lawin is his master. How


does one contest this line of
reasoning? Who knows what
goes on in the minds of the
horses or how they think?
Whatever it is, is the PCSO
Gold Cup in the bag for
Pugad Lawin?
Not if the connections
of Kaiserslautern (Showing
Up x Freudenfest) of Mayor
Leonardo Sandy M. Javier,
Jr.s, My Champ (Baseball
Champion x Romantic
Thriller) of Hideaway
Farm Corp., Mr. Bond
(Alim x Flavorofthemonth)
of Herminio S. Esguerra,
and El Libertador of the
Abalos stable (Perfect Cut
x Savannah Wind) have
something to say about it.
My Champ and Mr. Bond
will likely lie in wait for the
outcome of an extended
speed duel between Hagdang
Bato and Pugad Lawin
and try to snatch a win by
charging in the last 300
meters or so.
On the other hand, we
can expect El Libertador
and Kaiserslautern to
content themselves with
the third or fourth spot,
keeping as little distance
as possible between them
and whoever is in the lead
and attacking at the start
of the early third canto
when the opportunity
presents itself.
In the end, as they
say, there can be only
one champion, that is,
of the 2014 PCSO Gold
Cup.
Still, at this point, the
contestants deserve our
congratulations for having
reached this far.

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office


PRESIDENTIAL GOLD CUP
Roll of Champions
Year

Winner

Owner

Trainer

Jockey

1973

SUN GOD

Pedro Cojuangco

Bernardo Lahoz

Elias Ordiales

1974

ILOCOS KING

Constante Rubio

Ponciano Guerrero

Cresencio

1975

HENNAS GOLD

Domingo Poblete

Romulo Henson

Andres Camba

1976

FIORELLA

Gretchen Cojuangco

Armando Trinidad

Jesus Guce

1977

LITTLE MORNING

CJ Yulo & Sons, Inc.

Antonio Alcasid Sr.

Andres Camba

1978

GYPSY GREY

Canlubang Sugar Estate

Antonio Alcasid Sr.

Eduardo Domingo Jr.

1979

HONOR ROLL

Jose Cojuangco Jr.

Jose Cojuangco Jr.

Francisco Fernando

1980

RED ANNIE

Nicanor Jacinto III

Nicanor Jacinto III

Jesus Guce

1981

FAIR AND SQUARE

Herminia Mamon

Antonio Alcasid Sr.

Jesus Guce

1982

FAIR AND SQUARE

Herminia Mamon

Antonio Alcasid Sr.

Jesus Guce

1983

SKYWALKER

Enrique Cojuangco

Ricardo Gregorio

Elpidio Aguila

1984

DINO BAMBINO

Cadamma Enterprises

Antonio Alcasid Sr.

Eduardo Domingo Jr.

1985

HEADMASTER

Carmel Investments

Antonio Alcasid Sr.

Andres Camba

1986

MUSIC MACHINE

Jenar Breeders Corp.

Jose Torno

Rizalito Agustin

1987

TIME MASTER

Cadamma Enterprises

Antonio Alcasid Sr.

Eduardo Domingo Jr.

1988

THRILLER

Andrew Sanchez

Antonio Alcasid Sr.

Gerardo Biazon

1989

SUN DANCER

Toshio Abe

Ruben Tupas

Eduardo Domingo Jr.

1990

SUN DANCER

Toshio Abe

Ruben Tupas

Eduardo Domingo Jr.

1991

BALATKAYO

RHU Corporation

Romulo Henson

Joe Noel Camu

1992

GRAND PARTY

Andrew Sanchez

Antonio Alcasid Sr.

Guarino Infantado

1993

FAIR START

C&H Enterprises

Antonio Alcasid Sr.

Elpidio Aguila

1994

CROWN COLONY

Romen Equity Corp.

Antonio Alcasid Sr.

Antonio Alcasid Jr.

1995

STRONG MATERIAL

Rolando Rojas

Severino Andrade

Jesus Guce

1996

BULLDOZER

Ramoncito Arceo

Ramon Domingo

Joe Noel Camu

1997

BULLDOZER

Katkarian, Inc.

Ramon Domingo

Joe Noel Camu

1998

REAL TOP

Emmanuel King & Rolando Rojas

Jose Clor

Jesus Guce

1999

HOBBY

Jose Vergel de Dios

Juanito Macaraig

Ramon Guce

2000

WIND BLOWN

Leonardo Javier Jr.

Leonardo Javier Jr.

Dominador Borbe Jr.

2001

WIND BLOWN

Herminio Esguerra

Antonio Alcasid Sr.

Patricio Dilema

2002

FREE WIND

Hubert Leong

Edwin Vitalli

Joe Noel Camu

2003

RED STAR RISING

Michael Trillana

Ruben Clor

Manolito Daquis

2004

EMPIRE KING

David Lee

Ernesto Roxas

Jeffrey Ladiana

2005

SPEED ADVANTAGE

Roberto Yutadco

Jose Fernandez

Fernando Raquel Jr.

2006

REAL SPICY

Herminio Esguerra

Ruben Clor

Jesse Guce

2007

NATIVE LAND

Antonio Tan Jr.

Anthony Henson

Jesse Guce

2008

IBARRA

Benhur Abalos

Ruben Tupas

Kelvin Abobo

2009

DON ENRICO

Lorraine Uy Wi & Gerardo Espina Jr. Arturo Sordan Jr.

Fernando Raquel Jr.

2010

YES POGI

Francis G. Lim

Felix Lauron

Manolito Daquis

2011

MAGNA CARTA

Michael Dragon

Ray Henson

Jesse Guce Javier

2012

HAGDANG BATO

Benhur Abalos

Ruben Tupas

Jonathan Hernandez

2013

PUGAD LAWIN

Antonio Tan Jr.

Ruben Tupas

Patricio Dilema

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for serious concern for the


connections of the other
participants in the Gold Cup.
Antonio Tony V. Tan and
Quezon City Councilor Victor
Jun V. Ferrer Jr., co-owners
of Pugad Lawin (Refuse to
Bend x Unstoppable Lady),
while probably anxious, will
of course entertain hopes of
a victory by their horse. Even
if we go by the names alone
of its progenitors, we know
that Pugad Lawin will be a
tough nut to crack as he will
refuse to bend to pressure
and try to be unstoppable.
Pugad Lawin is only one
of two runners who have
the distinction of beating the
Peoples Champ (as race
presenter Macky Maceda
calls Hagdang Bato) to the
finish line and the sole
campaigner to do this twice.
The first time was in the
2013 edition of the PCSO Gold
Cup held at SLLP, which win
many were quick to brand
as a fluke owing to
the fact that

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office


SILVER CUP
Roll of Champions
1995
Winner :
Owner :
Trainer :
Jockey :

Santa Ana Park


PAY DCLAY
Augusto Benedicto L. Santos
Juanito A. Macaraig
Joe Noel D. Camu

1996
Winner :
Owner :
Trainer :
Jockey :

Santa Ana Park


AMERICAN SONG
Rodolfo G. Mendoza
Rodolfo G. Mendoza
Dominador H. Borbe, Jr.

1997
Winner :
Owner :
Trainer :
Jockey :

San Lazaro Hippodrome


WISE GUY
Ma. Consuelo Puyat-Reyes
Juan C. Sordan
Patricio R. Dilema

1998
Winner :
Owner :
Trainer :
Jockey :

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Santa Ana Park


STREETS OF GOLD
Mario R. Mercader
Jose B. Fernandez
Miguel S. Recosana
Santa Ana Park
STREETS OF GOLD
Albert C. Alvina
Raymundo R. Henson
Patricio R. Dilema

2001
Winner :
Owner :
Trainer :
Jockey :

San Lazaro Hippodrome


WIND BLOWN
Herminio S. Esguerra
Raymundo R. Henson
Fernando M. Raquel, Jr.

2002
Winner :
Owner :
Trainer :
Jockey :

Santa Ana Park


WIND BLOWN
Herminio S. Esguerra
Antonio C. Alcasid
Fernando M. Raquel, Jr.

2003
Winner :
Owner :
Trainer :
Jockey :

Santa Ana Park


GOLDEN BALLET
Lamberto C. Almeda, Jr.
Teodorico O. Basco
Jonathan B. Hernandez

2004
Winner :
Owner :
Trainer :
Jockey :

San Lazaro Leisure Park


RED STAR RISING
Michael O. Trillana
Ruben B. Clor
Manolito F. Daquis

2005
Winner :
Owner :

Santa Ana Park


COVER GIRL
C&H Enterprises

Antonio C. Alcasid, Sr.


Jonathan B. Hernandez

2006
Winner :
Owner :
Trainer :
Jockey :

San Lazaro Leisure Park


REAL SPICY
Herminio S. Esguerra
Jose Antonio M. Panlilio, Jr.
Louie D. Balboa

2007
Winner :
Owner :
Trainer :
Jockey :

Santa Ana Park


EMPIRE KING
David C. Lee
Ernesto S. Roxas
Jeffrey M. Ladiana

2008
Winner :
Owner :
Trainer :
Jockey :

San Lazaro Leisure Park


REAL SPICY
Herminio S. Esguerra
Joselito V. Tornandizo
Jeffril T. Zarate

2009
Winner :
Owner :
Trainer :
Jockey :

Santa Ana Park


DON ENRICO
Lorraine Uy Wi/Gerardo Espina Jr.
Arturo C. Sordan Jr.
Fernando M. Raquel Jr.

2010
Winner :
Owner :
Trainer :
Jockey :

San Lazaro Leisure Park


IBARRA
Benhur C. Abalos
Ruben S. Tupas
Jesse B. Guce

2011
Winner :
Owner :
Trainer :
Jockey :

Santa Ana Park


YES POGI
Francis G. Lim
Felix C. Lauron
Manolito F. Daquis

2012
Winner :
Owner :
Trainer :
Jockey :

San Lazaro Leisure Park


MAGNA CARTA
Michael Dragon T. Javier
Ray R. Henson
Jesse B. Guce

2013
Winner :
Owner :
Trainer :
Jockey :
2014
Winner :
Owner :
Trainer :
Jockey :

Santa Ana Park


HAGDANG BATO
Benhur C. Abalos
Ruben S. Tupas
Jonathan B. Hernandez
Santa Ana Park
PUGAD LAWIN
Antonio V. Tan
Ruben S. Tupas
Jesse B. Guce

From Nov. 23,2013 to Nov. 8, 2014


Date / Race
Nov. 23, 2013
(Maiden Race)
2 Yr. Old
Dec. 1, 2013
(41st Presidential Gold
Cup)
Open except imported
(Runners)
Feb. 15, 2014
(Maiden Race)
3 Yr. Old
Feb. 23, 2014
(Freedom Cup)
Runners
Apr. 5, 2014
(Maiden Race)
3 Yr. Old
May 10, 2014
(Maiden Race)
3 Yr. Old
June 1, 2014
(Silver Cup)
Runners
July 5, 2014
(Maiden Race)
2 Yr. Old
Aug. 3, 2014
(Natl. Grand Derby)
Substitute Group
Sept. 20, 2014
(Maiden Race)
2 Yr. Old
Oct. 4, 2014
(Maiden Race)
2 Yr. Old
Oct. 12, 2014
(Anniversary Race)
Runners
Nov. 8, 2014
(Maiden Race) 2 Yr. Old

Venue
MMTCI

MJCI

PRCI

Dist.
1400

2000

1200

Prizes
1st Prize - 600,000.00
2ND Prize - 225,000.00
3rd Prize - 125,000.00
Breeders Prize- 50,000.00

Horse Name
(3) Kaiserslautern
(8) Love Na Love
(9) Bahay Toro
(2) Kaiserslautern
Leonardo M. Javier Jr.

1st Prize
2ND Prize
3rd Prize
4th Prize

(5)
(7)
(9)
(4)

- 600,000.00
- 225,000.00
- 125,000.00
- 125,000.00

Breeders Prize- 200,000.00

(5) Pugad Lawin


Antonio V. Tan Jr.

1st Prize

(8)

600,000.00

2ND Prize - 225,000.00


3rd Prize - 125,000.00
Breeders Prize -

MMTCI

MMTCI

PRCI

PRCI

MJCI

PRCI

MMTCI

PRCI

MMTCI

MJCI

1600

1200

1600

2000

1400

1600

1200

1200

1600

1300

Prepared by:


Divina L. Miranda
Computer Operator IV
Technical Working Grp., Comm. on Races

Pugad Lawin
My Champ
Boss Jaden
Hagdang Bato

50,000.00

Tan Goal

(6) Kanlaon
(5) Wild Talk
(8) Tan Goal
Ferdinand T. Eusebio

1st Prize - 800,000.00


2ND Prize - 350,000.00
3rd Prize - 250,000.00

(6)
(3)
(5)

4th Prize

(10) Pugad Lawin

- 150,000.00

1st Prize - 600,000.00


2ND Prize - 225,000.00
3rd Prize - 125,000.00
Breeders Prize -

50,000.00

1st Prize - 600,000.00


2ND Prize - 225,000.00
3rd Prize - 125,000.00
Breeders Prize -

50,000.00

Hari Ng Yambo
Basic Instinct
Golden Empire

(6) Definitely Great


(3) Cats Regal
(2) Think Again
(6) Definitely Great
Benhur C. Abalos
(6) Fire Bull
(1) Hello Kaetee
(3) Thunder Kat
(6) Fire Bull
Benhur C. Abalos

1st Prize - 2,500,000.00


2ND Prize - 700,000.00
3rd Prize - 350,000.00
4th Prize - 250,000.00

(7)
(5)
(2)
(3)

1st Prize

(2) Princess Ella


(3) Hook Shot
(6) Jazz Asia
(2) Princess Ella
S.C. Stockfarm, Inc.

- 600,000.00
2ND Prize - 225,000.00
3rd Prize - 125,000.00

Breeders Prize -

50,000.00

Pugad Lawin
Hagdang Bato
Tensile Strength
Spinning Ridge

1st Prize 800,000.00


2ND Prize - 350,000.00
3rd Prize - 200,000.00

(3a) Malaya
(6) Tap Dance
(1) Manalig Ka

4th Prize

(3)

- 150,000.00

1st Prize - 600,000.00


2ND Prize - 225,000.00
3rd Prize - 125,000.00
Breeders Prize

50,000.00

1st Prize - 600,000.00


2ND Prize - 225,000.00
3rd Prize - 125,000.00
Breeders Prize

50,000.00

Fire Bull

(4) Princess Meili


(6) Miss Brulay
(10) Hurricane Ridge
(4) Princess Meili
Herma Farm & Stud, Inc.
(10) Sky Hook
(7) Showtime
(2) Valley Ridge
(10) Sky Hook
Joseph C. Dyhengco

1st Prize 800,000.00


2ND Prize - 350,000.00
3rd Prize - 200,000.00

(3a) Pugad Lawin


(1) Sky Dragon
(5) El Libertador

4th Prize

(3) Furniture King

- 150,000.00

1st Prize - 600,000.00


2ND Prize - 225,000.00
3rd Prize - 125,000.00
Breeders Prize -

50,000.00

Noted by:
Carlos M. Castillo
Vice-Chairman
Committee on Races

(6) Driven
(7) Mayweather
(1) Take It Or Leave It
(6) Driven
Joseph C. Dyhengco

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Winner :
Owner :
Trainer :
Jockey :

Trainer :
Jockey :

PCSO 2014 RACES OFFICIAL RESULTS


Sponsored and Maiden Races

PCSO honors outgoing director: PCSO honored


outgoing director lawyer Ma. Aleta L. Tolentino (third from left)
last Dec. 2 in a simple ceremony at the PCSO Head Office in
Mandaluyong City with a plaque of appreciation for her exemplary
dedication and unmatched industry during her four-year service at

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the agency.
Along with her fellow directors, she instituted the reforms of
the matuwid na daan with commitment to the principles of good
governance and democracy. With her are (left to right), from PCSO,
Director Mabel V. Mamba, Acting Chairman and General Manager
Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II, Director Francisco G. Joaquin III,
incoming Director Florencio Bem Noel, and Board Secretary
Ramon E. Rodrigo. Not in photo is Director Betty B. Nantes.
(JOSEPH MUEGO)

>>>>>>>>>>>>>> By Jenny Ortuoste <<<<<<<<<<<<<<

ast 8 Sept. 2014 was


a memorable day
for PCSO, when the
agency broke ground for its
permanent headquarters at
its property at San Marcelino
Street, Ermita, Manila.
The event coincides with the 80th
anniversary year of the agency, which was
founded in 1934.
Present at the ceremony were the members
of the PCSO Board of Directors: Acting

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The PCSO Board of Directors, guests, and PCSO


officials and employees participate in the laying of the
time capsule.

The marker for the PCSO time capsule.

Breaking Ground
for the PCSO Center
Chairman and GM Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II,
Ma. Aleta L. Tolentino, Mabel V. Mamba, Betty
B. Nantes, and Francisco Manuel G. Joaquin
III;guest of honor Undersecretary Michael
Frederick L. Musngi of the Office of the
Executive Secretary; Commissioner Angeline
T. Chua Chiaco of the Professional Regulation
Commission; and the PCSO family.

The engraved cover of the PCSO time capsule.

A Holy Mass was held,followed by speeches


from GM Rojas, Guild of Executives and
Managers of Sweepstakes (GEMS) President
Conrado C. Zabella, and Sweepstakes
Employees Union (SEU) President Joel
Pastores. The ceremonial groundbreaking and
laying of a time capsule followed after.
The time capsule contains memorabilia
such as the project brief, Lotto draw balls,
Lotto and Sweepstakes tickets, tokens from
each of the directors, and other items that
hopefully will prove of interest to posterity.
The opening of the time capsule has been
set for 20 years from now, on PCSOs 100th
anniversary.
Whats going to rise at the PCSOs San
Marcelino property?
The PCSO Board of Directors has envisioned
a three-building complex to be called the PCSO
Center. One building will be dedicated to charity
services, another to the gaming sector, and the
third for executive and administrative offices.

PCSO Vice-Chairman and GM Atty. Jose Ferdinand M.


Rojas II, Office of the President Usec. Michael Frederick
L. Musngi, and PCSO Director Atty. Francisco Manuel G.
Joaquin III at the groundbreaking ceremony.

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PCSO to move back to San Marcelino

The San Marcelino site, which covers


1.1 hectares, will also have ample space for
public and employees parking.
All aspects of design and construction will
be bid out, with the project to be completed
by 2018, if not sooner.
The San Marcelino property was acquired
on 8 Oct. 1962 from the Manila Club for P1.8

million pesos. It was PCSOs first real property


under its name.
The agency was housed in one building
there until 1995, when the head office
transferred to the Quezon Institute building on
E. Rodriguez Ave., Quezon City. The Security
Printing and several other departments
remained at San Marcelino.
In 2010, upon the Department of Public
Works and Highwayss advice of earthquake
risk, the PCSO head office was transferred to
the PICC Complex in Pasay City.
Because the Asia Pacific Economic
Conference Summit will be held at PICC in
2015 and renovations need to be made to the
facilities there, PCSO moved to a building in
Mandaluyong City, where it is temporarily
staying until the PCSO Center is constructed.
But wherever PCSOs offices are located,
and at all times, PCSO employees have served
the people without fail, delivering medicaland health-care related assistance to those
who need it, when they need it.
The governments charity agency now
comes home to Manila, where the public
may easily and conveniently submit their
requests for medical- and healthcare-related
assistance and avail of other services and
products.
As it celebrates eighty years of service,
PCSO as an agency remains dedicated, now
and always, to its mission of charity.
And now there remain faith, hope, and
charity, these three: but the greatest of these
is charity. 1st Corinthians 13:13.

The PCSO Property at San Marcelino, Manila: A Brief History


>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> By Roselle S. Dela Umbria <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

he PCSO lot in San


Marcelino, Manila was the first
property acquired by the agency.
It consists of three parcels of land
with a total area of11,963.06 sq.m.
Formerly owned by the Manila
Club - a general partnership of
Ross, Selph & Carrascoso, and
Sycip, Gorres, Velayo & Co. -it
was offered by Manila Clubs
Board of Trustees to the PCSOs
Board of Directors for sale.
After a series of negotiations,
on October 9, 1962, the PCSO
Board, headed by Chairman
Vicente G. Martinez, with
endorsement from the Office
of the President thru Executive

Secretary Salvador L. Marino,


under Board Resolution No.
404 approved the full payment
of Php 1,800,000 representing
acceptance of Manila Clubs offer.
The Deed of Sale was executed
on October 10, 1962 in Manila
in favour of Philippine Charity
Sweepstakes Office. It was signed
by Atty. Antonio T. Carrascoso
Jr., in behalf of Ross, Selph &
Carrascoso; Mr. Ramon Gorres, in
behalf of Sycip, Gorres, Velayo &
Co.; Mr. Vicente G. Martinez, PCSO
Chairman; Atty. Ignacio SantosDiaz, Vice-Chairman and General
Manager; and Atty. Conrado V.
Matutina, PCSO Secretary.

Necessary preparations for


the transfer of the property were
immediately made and several
improvements followed thereafter.
A few decades later, the number
of its employees grew so that
the agency needed to move to
a more spacious place. It was
moved to Quezon City in 1997,
then to Pasay City in 2010, and to
Mandaluyong City in 2014. Still,
some departments remained in
the old San Marcelino Office.
After 17 years of being away,
the PCSO will be coming back
home, and proof of this was the
ground breaking ceremony held
on September 8, 2014.

PCSO opens branch


in Marinduque

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PCSO, Philracom, MJC sign Gold Cup MOA. PCSO entered once more into a memorandum of agreement to stage the
PCSO Presidential Gold Cup with the Philippine Racing Commission (Philracom) and host track Manila Jockey Club.
As in the past several years, Philracom will augment, with an additional P1 million prize, PCSOs purse of P3 million for
the winner.
The signatories and witnesses to the agreement were (in photo, L-R, front row) PCSO Gaming Sector Assistant
General Manager Conrado C. Zabella, Philracom Chairman Angel L. Castao Jr., PCSO Acting Chairman and General
Manager Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II, Manila Jockey Club (MJC) President and COO Alfonso G. Reyno III, MJC Chairman
and CEO Alfonso R. Reyno Jr., and Philracom Comm. Jesus B. Cantos.
On hand to witness the event were members of the PCSO Racing Committee and Philracom and personnel from
MJC. (JLO)

PCSO RELEASES
MARINDUQUE
PROVINCE LOTTO
SHARE. On 24 Nov.
2014, PCSO Branch
Operations Sector
AGM Remeliza Gabuyo
(right) handed five
checks amounting to
Php 810,380.10 to
Marinduque Governor
Carmencita Reyes (left)
as the provinces share
from lotto sales. Gabuyo
wears a putong ng korona
as part of the provinces
welcoming tradition
during the opening on the
same day of the PCSO
Marinduque branch.
(Laura Jacinto)

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PCSO 42nd Presidential Gold Cup

PCSO opened the 42nd branch in its nationwide network in Boac, Marinduque, on 24 Nov. 2014. PCSO Branch
Operations Sector AGM Remeliza Gabuyo (right) and Marinduque Governor Carmencita Reyes (left) led the ribbon cutting
ceremony. The branch office is located at the Administrative Building, Provincial Capitol, Boac, Marinduque. With them are
(L-R) Fr. Christian San Juan, PCSO Southern Tagalog and Bicol Region (STBR) OIC-Department Manager Irma Guemo,
Quezon Branch Manager Elaine Gatdula (who is also concurrent head of Marinduque branch), and PCSOs Rodolfo
Renomeron and Laguna Branch Manager Letty Renomeron. (Laura Jacinto)

PCSO releases endowment fund to five hospitals. On 20 Nov. 2014, PCSO Director Atty. Mabel V. Mamba
(4th from left) handed a check worth P3 million as endowment fund to East Avenue Medical Center (EAMC) Social Worker
Officer II Elisa A. Abellar to help more charity patients. With them are (from L-R) PCSO Acting Chairman and General
Manager Atty. Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II, Directors Atty. Francisco G. Joaquin III and Betty B. Nantes, EAMC Admin Aide
Daisy Cantillano and Admin. Assistant Gloria Buenafe, PCSO Charity Assistance Department Manager Rubin Z. Magno,
and PCSO Board Secretary Atty. Ramon E. Rodrigo.
Also given their endowment fund checks were Bataan General Hospital, P2 million; Amang Rodriguez Memorial
Medical Center, P2 million; Lung Center of the Philippines, P2.5 million; and National Childrens Hospital, P2.5 million, for
a total of P10 million released by PCSO that day. (Leila Valencia)

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PCSO Acting Chairman and GM


Atty. Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II
(left) met Justin Marc Russel Paga,
2 (second from left), last November
at the PCSO head office. Justin, a
biliary atresia patient, underwent
a successful liver transplant last
25 June 2013 at the Chang Gung
Memorial Hospital, Taiwan. PCSO
extended P1 million in financial
assistance for the childs surgery.
With them are parents Russel and
Jocelyn Paga, who thanked Rojas
and the 80-year old charity agency
for the assistance. (Joseph
Muego/jlo)

turnover to ChEd. Last October, PCSO


Acting Chairman and General Manager lawyer
Jose Ferdinand Rojas II (left) and Directors Betty
B. Nantes (2nd from right) and lawyer Mabel V.
Mamba (right) turned over two checks for P200
million to Amor Reyes (2nd from left) Chief, Cash
and Custodial Division of the Bureau of Treasury for
the use of the Commission on Higher Education.
The funding is a mandatory contribution provided
for by law. (Joseph Muego/JLO)

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charity
services

PCSO turns over ZDN Lotto LGU shares. PCSO


Director Atty. Mabel V. Mamba (second from right) handed
to Zamboanga del Norte Vice-Governor lawyer Senen O.
Angeles (second from left) a check for P455,544.36, the
provinces share from the January to June 2014 revenues
of Lotto outlets hosted there, during the inauguration of the
agencys 41st branch office in Barangay Biasong, Dipolog
City, last October. With them are PCSO Director lawyer
Francisco G. Joaquin III and Assistant General Manager
for Branch Operations Remeliza M. Gabuyo. Dipolog
City received P1.42 million while Dapitan City and 18
municipalities also received their corresponding shares for
a total of P3.091 million released by PCSO that day. The
more Lotto outlets hosted by an area, the higher the Lotto
LGU shares they may receive. (Joseph Muego/jlo)

MoA with IBP. PCSO Acting Chairman and GM Atty. Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II (third from right) and
Atty. Purificacion Bernabe (third from left), president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines- Bulacan
Chapter, hold copies of a Memorandum Of Understanding that they signed at the PCSO head office in
Mandaluyong City last November. The MoU provides that IBP-Bulacan will conduct legal aid clinics and
legal aid forums during PCSOs medical-dental and other charity-related missions. With them are (from left
to right), from PCSO: Directors Atty. Francisco Manuel G. Joaquin III, Betty Nantes, Atty. Mabel V. Mamba,
and Atty. Neil Tabbu of the Office of the Board Secretary. (Joseph Muego/jlo)

PCSO celebrates its


80th anniversary
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> By Queenie Balita <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

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Olive Castro (HR), second from left, and Jerwin


Nohay (Gaming), third from left, are the Woman and
Man of the Night. With them are GM Joy Rojas (left) and
Director Mabel Mamba (right).

he Crowne Plaza
hotel in Ortigas, Pasig
City, was filled with
dashing gentlemen and
gorgeous ladies when the
PCSO celebrated its 80th
anniversary last October
27, 2014. The momentous
occasion was attended by
PCSO officials, employees,
and guests.

Engr. Jun Balayo (Project Manager-GSD) poses with


a group of lovely ladies.

GM Rojas, center, with managers from around the country.

PCSO Acting Chairman and GM Atty. Jose Ferdinand


M. Rojas II (left) poses with Carlos M. Castillo (center) in
recognition of his 47 years of service to the agency. With
them are PCSO directors Betty B. Nantes (second from
left), Mabel V. Mamba (second from right), and Francisco
Manuel G. Joaquin III (right).

During the program, Acting Chairman and


GM Atty. Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II, Guild of
Executives and Managers of Sweepstakes
(GEMS) President Conrado C. Zabella,
and Sweepstakes Employees Union (SEU)
President Joel F. Pastores gave their speeches
followed by a sumptuous dinner.
The highlights of the celebration were
the recognition of 35- to 47-year service
awardees, the much awaited raffle draw, and
the musical production starring selected PCSO
employees and showing the PCSOs evolution
through the years.

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Orlando Malaca, Dr. Larry


Cedro, Atty. Lauro Patiag, and
Arnel Casas come together as
The Beatles. On the ladies
side, Remeliza Gabuyo, Josefina
Sarsonas, Julieta Aseo, and
Alegria Asuit dance during the
production.

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PCSO 42nd Presidential Gold Cup

With Romy Rigodon


(NCL Dept. Manager),
center front, are the
men and women of
PCSO.

Joy Rama-Patalinghug (Davao branch manager),


the rose surrounded by thorns.

Flag Raising and


Thanksgiving Mass

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> By Elizabeth Singson <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

n October 27, 2014, the PCSO


employees attended mass at
the Villa San Miguel Chapel,
Archbishop Palace, Mandaluyong
City. The PCSO employees thanked
God for the blessings bestowed upon
the agency and asked for grace and
strength in doing charitable works.
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PCSO Acting Chairman and General Manager Atty. Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas
II (right) and Gaming Sector AGM Conrado Zabella (left) offer bread and wine
during the mass.

The mass was officiated


by Fr. Genaro O. Diwa,
SLL and Minister of the
Ministry of Liturgical Affairs,
Archdiocese of Manila, with
eight concelebrants. During
the mass, he lauded the
agency for being a source of
hope through its charitable
undertakings. He reminded
the employees that the Lord
is the source of love, and we
are the instruments in doing
charity works which manifest
Gods love.

PCSO employees sing in chorus during the holy mass. (Darcy Geronimo)

Honoring
of Service
Awardees

PCSO lauds service awardees


Dedicated employees of PCSO were
recognized during the flag raising ceremony
on October 27, 2014 at the ground floor,
Conservatory Shaw Building, Mandaluyong
City.
The service awardees were acknowledged
through an AVP presentation. There are 879
service awardees this year who have been
serving PCSO for 10 to 34 years.

Darcy Geronimo

The PCSO Board of Directors, Acting Chairman and General Manager, and Branch Managers pose after the recognition
of 879 service awardees. (Darcy Geronimo)

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PCSO 42nd Presidential Gold Cup

PCSO 42nd Presidential Gold Cup

PCSO
family
attends
anniversary
thanksgiving
mass
celebration

PCSO conducts
anniversary medicaldental missions
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There were 353 patients


from Bicol, 495 patients
from Bohol, 315 patients
from NCR, and 694

patients from Bulacan, or


a total of 2,180 patients
who benefited from the
mission,spearheaded by

the PCSO Medical Services


Department led by Manager
Jose Bernardo H. Gochoco,
MD.
Lowela Lupisan

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PCSO 42nd Presidential Gold Cup

PCSO 42nd Presidential Gold Cup

he PCSO
conducted a
simultaneous
medical and dental
mission on October
23, 2014 at the
following locations:
Lung Center of
the Philippines
Compound; Plaza
Quezon, Naga,
Camarines Sur;
Sto. Rosario,
Hagonoy, Bulacan;
and Barangay
Cogon Norte, Loon,
Bohol.

PCSO grants hearing


enhancer
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> By LOWELA LUPISAN <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

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PCSO celebrates
anniversary sportsfest
Rosita and Bonifacio de la Cruz sought assistance from
PCSO to provide the latter with a hearing enhancer.

couple has been financially dependent on the


support of their children.
Aware of the financial difficulties of Mang
Bonifacio, the consultant from PGH endorsed
his case to PCSO. The agency is been
recognized for itscharitable assistance to the
underprivileged sectors of society who are
in need of financial and medical aidthrough
its Individual Medical Assistance Program
(IMAP).
PCSO IMAPs main objective is to assist
disadvantaged individuals with medical and
health problems achieve physical recovery
and restore them to normal social functioning
by providing medical assistance.
On July 22, Mang Bonifacio,together with
his wife Aling Rosita, unmindful of the
continuous rains and with the hope that he
would be granted financial assistance for
the purchase of the hearing aid devices he
needs,submitted the required documents to a
social service worker of PCSO.
After going through the process of
evaluation and verification of documents and
interview, Mang Bonifacio in the next four
days, will hopefully have improved hearing
and will be productive again as PCSO grants
his request for a hearing enhancer.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> By Archie Sopenasky <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

olorful banderitas
and a festive band
welcomed PCSO
employees to the agencys
mini-Olympics on October
30, 2014 at the PCSO
grounds in San Marcelino,
Manila.

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Everyone has fun playing Trip to


Jerusalem.
A PCSO employee breaks the
palayok.

Participants enjoyed
playing traditional Filipino
games such as Agawang
Buko, Pukpok Palayok, Bring
Me, Trip to Jerusalem, and
Longest Line.
The mini-olympics was
organized by the PCSO Sports
Committee headed by Atty.
Lauro Patiag (DM-Legal).

PCSO 42nd Presidential Gold Cup

PCSO 42nd Presidential Gold Cup

onifacio dela Cruz Jr. is a 67-yearold retired OFW. He worked as a truck


driver in Saudi Arabia. For sixteen
years Mang Bonifacio endured being away
from his wife and eight children to provide for
the increasing financial needs of his family.
Since his retirement in 1998, his family has
been noticing signs of his weakening hearing
ability.
He would watch television with high
volume and would become unreasonably
sensitive, leading to fights with his wife and
grandchildren because of misunderstandings.
Aling Rosita and their children incessantly
encouraged him to seek medical help but to
no avail.
After more than a decade of convincing,
Mang Bonifacio finally agreed to consult
a specialist and wass recently diagnosed
to have a bilateral moderate to severe
sensorineural hearing loss, sloping to
profound hearing loss at high frequency.
Sensorineural losses can sometimes be
helped by drugs, but in most cases, a hearing
aid is the most effective way to improve
hearing.
A hearing aid is an electroacoustic medical
device designed to amplify sound for the
wearer, with the aim of making speech more
intelligible and to correct impaired hearing.
Each unit costs P18,000.00 to P19,000.00.
A specialist from the Ear Unit of
the Philippine General Hospital (PGH)
recommended the use ofa behind-the-ear
digital convention hearing aid for Mang
Bonifacio as treatment. The use of hearing
aids may not bring back Mang Bonifacios
normal hearing ability, but it can make his
communication, social interaction, work, and
daily activities easier and more enjoyable.
However, the prohibitive cost of the device
and their financial constraint made the family
desperate for help. Since his retirement, the

PCSO employees rocked


as they participated in the
Zumba workout on October
24, 2014 at the Conservatory
Shaw Plaza Building, Shaw
Boulevard, Mandaluyong City.
The employees were
delighted when Acting
Chairman and GM Atty.
Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II
and Gaming Sector AGM
Conrado Zabella participated
in the Latin-inspired dance
workout which lasted two
hours. It was led by Mr.
Ariel de Ocampo, Head of
the Wellness Committee for
the PCSO 80th Anniversary,
and committee member Jojo
Manjares.
Laura Jacinto

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PCSO releases checks


to Iloilo province
Both photos show GM Rojas, AGM Conrado Zabella, and PCSO employees
dancing while following the Zumba instructor. (Laura Jacinto)

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CSO director Atty. Francisco


G. Joaquin III (extreme right)
handed a check for P5.87 million
to Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor
on 19 Sep. 2014. The amount is the
provinces share of the Pamaskong
Handog ng PCSO special fundraising
from Lotto held during the 2013
Christmas season to benefit areas
damaged by Typhoon Yolanda/
Haiyan.
PCSO employees smile as they pose with GM Rojas and AGM Zabella. (Laura Jacinto)

With them are (left to


right), from PCSO, ViceChairman and General
Manager Atty. Jose Ferdinand
M. Rojas II, Director Betty
B. Nantes, and Director
Atty. Mabel V. Mamba. The
PCSO officials also turned
over the January to June
2014 LGU Lotto share of
Iloilo City of a little over
P1 million, an endowment
fund of P1.5 million to West
Visayas University Medical
Center, and the Lotto shares
of various municipalities for
a total amount of over P9.3
million released that day.
Joseph Muego/JLO

PCSO 42nd Presidential Gold Cup

PCSO 42nd Presidential Gold Cup

PCSO holds Zumba


dance exercise

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PCSO officials inspect STL


facility in Iloilo City

PCSO GM Rojas receives award: Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office(PCSO) Vice-Chairman and General
Manager Atty. Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II (right) receives the Exemplar Award in Government Service from President
Benigno S. Aquino III, given by members of the Bulong Pulungan media group at their Christmas Party held at the Sofitel
Hotel in Pasay City on 5 Dec. 2014.With them is Deedee Siytangco, forum moderator. (JOSEPH MUEGO/JLO)

PCSO 42nd Presidential Gold Cup

PCSO 42nd Presidential Gold Cup

CSO Vice-Chairman
and General Manager
Atty. Jose Ferdinand
M. Rojas II (second from
left) and PCSO Assistant
General Manager for Branch
Operations Remeliza M.
Gabuyo (second from right)
hold up PCSO Small-Town
Lottery tickets at a draw
court in Iloilo City. They
and PCSO Director Atty.
Mabel V. Mamba (extreme
right) are wearing uniform
vests used by accredited
STL ticket sellers. With them
is PCSO Director Betty B.
Nantes (extreme left). The
PCSO officials conducted
an inspection at the facility
last September as part of
monitoring efforts.
Joseph Muego/JLO

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Mandaluyong City Mayor Benhur Abalos (right) hands PCSO ViceChairman and General Manager Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II the key to
the city in a simple ceremony held at the Mandaluyong City Hall last July
7. Abalos welcomed the relocation of PCSOs head offices to Shaw Blvd.,
where, according to Rojas, the charity agency will be temporarily situated
while its permanent headquarters are being built in San Marcelino, Manila.
(Text by JLO/Photo by Edison Malabanan)

Inaugural Lotto bets at PCSO Dipolog branch: From left to right, PCSO Director lawyer Mabel V. Mamba,
Zamboanga Del Norte Vice-Governor lawyer Senen O. Angeles, PCSO Director lawyer Francisco G. Joaquin III, and
PCSO Assistant General Manager for Branch Operations Remeliza M. Gabuyo hold up their Lotto play slips at the
inauguration of the charity agencys 41st branch in Dipolog City last 20 Oct. 2014. Theirs were the first bets placed at the
office that, like other PCSO branches, offers services such as processing of medical assistance requests and support of
Lotto agent operations. The PCSO directors encouraged residents in the area to play Lotto and entrepreneurs to open
more Lotto outlets in the province. Joaquin said, PCSO does not get money from the national government. The agencys
funding comes from the sale of Lotto tickets. Keep on playing so we can keep on helping. (JOSEPH MUEGO/JLO)

The History of the


PCSO Logo
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> By JUSTINE B. SANTOS <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

ave you ever wondered about


the origin of the PCSO logo?
In 1968, under the
stewardship of Chairman Manuel
Barretto, Atty. Romy Pefianco
decided that PCSO needed a corporate
logo that was attractive and symbolic
while capturing the agencys mission,
vision, and mandate.
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Manuel Manny Baldemor

Presidential Gold Cup. Artist


Manuel Manny Baldemor,
an assistant of Malang,
contributed to the design
of the prestigious
trophy.
The first sketches
of the logo reflected a
black and white design.

The final version of


the logo used the colors
of the Philippine flag,
signifying PCSOs presence
nationwide. The original eight
provincial district offices
are Pangasinan, Legaspi,
Iloilo, Cebu, Cagayan de
Oro, Davao, Tacloban, and
Zamboanga.
Since then, PCSO has been
using the same powerful and
distinctive logo, recognizable
to people all over the country
as the sign for hope and help
during times of need.

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PCSO 42nd Presidential Gold Cup

PCSO 42nd Presidential Gold Cup

The yellow S in the middle


represents the Sweepstakes
which was originally larger
than the surrounding ones. The
surrounding white S designed
like a pinwheel represents the
eight (8) original provincial
offices of PCSO. The original
round shape bounding the Stype pinwheel was originally not
present. Minor improvements
were made later on.

The logos design and


concept were fashioned by
well-known artist
Mauro
Malang
Santos,
who also
designed
the
PCSO

Mauro Malang Santos

The early
PCSO logo
design
was also
used on the
Sweepstakes
tickets.

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