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A day at the races

National Press Club president Paul M. Gutierrez (with NPC directors and officers), together with Philippine Racing Commission (Philracom) executive director Andrew Buencamino, PRCI racing manager AB ‘Oyet’ Alcasid, Press Photographers of the Philippines, Inc. president Jonathan Jalbuna pose with the camera after presenting its plaque. (Photo by Michael Joseph Romero)
By Kevin Estrada


NAIC--Who would have thought that yours truly will be writing another piece, but not at the confines of the plastic patch of green in Rizal Memorial?

So here we are at Sta. Race Track, 20 kilometers from my home base for the 5th staging of the National Press Club-Philippine Racing Commission Benefit Race that galloped on Labor Day.

The five-race schedule is not just for entertainment purposes only, but also for a charitable cause, as the horses give the members and its beneficiaries a secure future, as part of the proceeds will go to the children of the NPC members.


“As in the previous staging of this event, the fund that we would be able to raise would be used to support the various programs of the club for the members of the press and their families,” NPC President Paul Gutierrez of the Journal Group said in a press release last April 27.
    
“At the very least, the college educational assistance allowance we are giving to children of NPC members for the coming school year is already assured,” he added.

Dugout Philippines photographer Michael Joseph Romero was on the tracks to snap the day's finest moments.
SHOCKINGLY PULLING AWAY. August Moon of jockey Ryan CamaƱero (horse #5) nearly blew a multiple length lead to an onrushing Kailuphia (#11) before getting their stride in time to win by a nose in the 5th NPC-Philracom Benefit Race. (photo by Michael Joseph Romero)
ALL ALONE. Horse Number 1 is galloping heading into the stretch. (photo by Michael Joseph Romero) 
SINO BA TALAGA ANG SINGKO DIYAN? Lil' Dynamo and Alahero kept us guessing and scratching our heads as both horses wear number 5 on their saddles at the Press Freedom Party Benefit Race. (Photo by Michael Joseph Romero)
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