Loose Cats in Tahanan Village

For some time now, Tahanan Village in Parañaque City has several stray cats all around its areas as confirmed to me by Tahanan Homeowners Association, Inc. (THA) officials and personnel I talked with over the past few years.

I recently visited the village and inquired if they still have a stray cat population problem going on. It turns out they still do and I easily spotted stray cats just outside the clubhouse and near the open-air basketball court.

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With no customer seating, this stray cat had the table’s top all to itself.

I managed to meet and talk with former THA president Augusto Tejada and he said that the population of loose cats is real and remains difficult to solve.

To put things in perspective, stray cats are those that entered the village and roamed around endlessly in search for food, for places to explore (including the households) and interact with other cats (whether pets or stray cats) with whom they could mate with and produce infants. These loose animals also produce waste by urinating or releasing their feces around. When desperate for food, they tend to forcibly tear open plastic garbage bags.

Tejada told me that the association has already advised its members (households) to refrain from feeding stray cats as it will only encourage them to come back for more and, even worse, take residence in the household knowing food is available.

He said that dealing with stray cats is very difficult to do. Firstly, those loose animals are really difficult to catch or entrap due to their speed and agility. Secondly, the cats are intelligent and the physical environment around the village provides them many means of escaping.

“The stray cats are smart and they are able to find ways to survive and find a place to live in which are also hard for people to reach. I remember finding such cats living on the gutters of roofs,” Tejada told me.

Adding further challenge to catching the loose cats are the many trees around the village which can be easily climbed fearlessly. The trees also provide access over the walls of homes.

With regards to solving the growth of the population of cats – both pets and stray cats – it has been suggested that the methods of spaying and neutering be done. Spaying and neutering are ways of sterilizing cats by means of performing a surgical procedure on the males (removing their testicles) and the females (removing their ovaries and uterus). The procedure is done by a professional animal veterinarian while the cat is sedated. Cats that are at least 6-months-old are eligible for the procedure.

I found online the Philippine Pet Birth Control Center Foundation (PPBCC) which offers spaying and neutering services. They charge P500 for each cat (and dog) for sterilization as of this writing.

Theoretically, residents can have their pet cats sterilized so that their household won’t be overwhelmed by the potential multiplication of cats.

Still, this brings back the problem of how village authorities and residents could catch the stray cats which remain very elusive. There is also the risk of being scratched by the said cats when they react to people catching them.

Another thing to consider here is to determine how to catch stray cats not only efficiently but also doing it without harming them as there are animal rights advocates around. Here in the Philippines, there is the organization called the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) which advocates the prevention of animal cruelty through education, animal sheltering and advocacy.

It remains to be seen how the growing stray cat population problem will be solved in Tahanan Village.

Are you a resident living in village that has a growing population of stray cats? Are such animals bothering you? Do you wish to share something here at my website to help other readers? Please respond by commenting below.


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Tahanan Village Blood Donation Drive This Saturday

Hey everyone! Here’s the latest regarding South Metro Manila communities.

As previously mentioned before, there will be a community blood donation drive in Tahanan Village, Barangay BF Homes, Parañaque City this coming Saturday (June 1, 2019).

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The tarpaulin at the pool area of the village clubhouse.
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At the community board.

This time around, some new details were posted online via the Tahanan Village Facebook page and, for your convenience, I pasted below the text of the said details. Take a close look as the details include age groups, weight, blood pressure and the like.

For your convenience, I had the text below italicized.


Tahanan is Partnering with Red Cross this Saturday, June 1. For blood donation drive.

8:30 AM to 3:00 PM – Multi Purpose Hall.

Your blood could save lives.

More than just donating blood, it also helps us know, where we could access good blood should the time comes (hopefully never).

The requirements for donation are very basic: Just a little sacrifice from our end for the sake of others and our loved ones.

– Must be in good health condition
– Age allowed
16-17 with guardian’s consent 
18-60 generally acceptable to donate
61-65 must have donated once before 61st Birthday

– Weight : 110 lbs / 50kg and above
– Blood Pressure: 90/ 60 to 160/100 mmHg

– Females with monthly period are okay donate if the pass the hemoglobin test

– No alcohol intake in 12 hours

– At least 5 hours of quality sleep

– Eat adequate meal, avoid fatty food

– Drink plenty of fluids

– Medications will be assessed by Philippine Red Cross Physician

Please call our THA office for registration 842 59 55

Look for Ms Weng.

If unsure if you could donate, please still proceed to the Multi Purpose to be assessed.

Again, maraming salamat! We hope to see you there!


 

Now that the new details have been posted, it is expected that blood donors should know what to do from this point on.

Further developments regarding the Tahanan Lifeblood drive will be posted here.

 

 

 

My Observations: New Starbucks at Madison Galeries Coming Plus Fatmelts Diner’s Expansion at Pergola Mall

If there is anything notable about South Metro Manila, it is the fact that there is a “thin” border between the cities of Parañaque, Muntinlupa and Las Piñas in close proximity to Alabang-Zapote Road.

Look Concha Cruz Drive inside BF Homes subdivision. Part of it falls under Parañaque while the remaining part leading to Alabang-Zapote Road falls under Las Piñas City. Parallel to Concha Cruz Drive is Ramon Tirona street connecting Parañaque to Muntinlupa City through Alabang Hills Village.

Along the straight, long road that links Alabang Hills Village to the West Service Road is the nice looking, open-air mall called Madison Galeries which I occasionally visit. During my latest visit, I noticed something on the ground level…Manila’s Best Coffee is gone and in its place is the ongoing establishment of a new Starbucks Coffee branch.

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The upcoming Starbucks Coffee shop at Madison Galeries.

Not only that. I noticed the said Starbucks also took a lot more space of the mall. There was another commercial joint beside Manila’s Best Coffee that is no more and its space got consumed. This is a huge Starbucks coming and there is always that possibility that it will help Madison Galeries attract even more customers. Consumers coming from BF Homes who wish to visit Madison Galeries by car will need a passing-through car sticker from the Alabang Hills Village Association first. Otherwise they will have to travel the long way along Dr. A. Santos Avenue or Alabang-Zapote Road to make it to the mall through the West Service Road.

Speaking of new things, I also noticed a change going on at the ground floor level of the Pergola Mall in Barangay BF Homes, Parañaque City. Check the picture below.

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Fatmelts Diner is renovating and expanding at Pergola Mall.

Fatmelts Diner, a favorite food and beverage joint in the BF Homes community that has operated for many years now, is undergoing renovation and expansion. Similar to the upcoming Starbucks at Madison Galeries, the diner also consumed additional commercial space (not pictured) that was previously occupied by Di’ Mark’s Pizza.

I can only speculate that more space will mean more seats and tables for customers and more kitchen space and cooking equipment. How this will improve the quality of the food and service remains in question. Still this is something to look forward to once Fatmelts Diner reopens.

The thing about Pergola Mall and Madison Galeries is that, if you drive a car and you have the required car stickers (to pass through the villages), they are both reachable and you can enjoy what each place has to offer. This is one of the charms of South Metro Manila.

 

 

 

 

 

130 Patients Served With Free Services in BF Homes Medical Mission

130 Patients Served With Free Services in BF Homes Medical Mission

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The Don Tomas Aguirre Senior Citizens Center bustled with activity on April 27, 2019 as the medical mission attracted several members of the local community who got served with free services. Present were the personnel of MedTek and the directors of the BFPE&BCI.

A medical mission titled Care to Share was held from 6AM to 3PM on April 27, 2019 at the Don Tomas Aguirre Senior Citizens Center along F. Cabarrus street, Barangay BF Homes, Parañaque City which attracted a total of one hundred and thirty patients.

A joint project of the BF Parañaque Entrepreneurs & Business Club, Inc. (BFPE&BCI) and services provider MedTek with the participation of the Senior Citizens Association of Barangay BF, Inc. (SCABBI), Care to Share saw 112 patients avail of laboratory testing (which includes blood extraction), 90 patients who had their urine checked, 75 patients who had a medical check-up (with medicine given afterwards) and 42 patients who had their eyes checked (with eyeglasses provided afterwards).

All the services were rendered for free. Apart from the members of SCABBI, there were other people from the local community who just walked in and were happily accepted by the organizers to avail of the services.

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A patient was instructed to fill up an application form as part of the process to avail of free services.
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A medical doctor listens to a patient.
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A patient has his blood extracted for medical testing.

Services aside, the patients were given free meals, drinks and snacks provided by varied sponsors of the medical mission. The meals were provided by MedTek, BFPE&BCI, Mama Lou’s, Little Quiapo, Ms. Julie Dacanay and Flaming Wings (through a concerned senior citizen who expressed his generosity for the local community). As if that was not enough, brand new electric fans were raffled off to some very lucky winners among the patients which lifted up their spirits. A “Sorbetero” was contracted for the day by BFPE&BCI to provide ice cream to everyone.

Not only that, the patients were fortunate to meet Barangay BF Homes chairman Paolo Marquez who took time out from his busy schedule to observe the medical mission.

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Barangay BF Homes chairman Paolo Marquez (standing 3rd from left) with BFPE&BCI Vice President Frank Vida (leftmost), BFPE&BCI President Don Munoz (2nd from left), Director Bobby Sta. Maria (2nd from right) and the MedTek personnel and volunteers posed in a group picture, led by Medtek’s Dra. Bing Kawano.

“The medical mission is an endeavor of MedTek and BFPE&BCI proving their corporate social responsibility to our constituents. Of course, we in the barangay support them and we appreciate any endeavors that they plan to do in the future,” Marquez said in my interview with him.

For his part, SCABBI president Elpidio Padama stated that the number of patients exceeded the mark of 100 because of other senior citizens who made referrals. Several directors of SCABBI were present and were thankful to the organizers that many of their members got served for free.

Already a successful event, Care to Share undeniably gave back to the local community in Barangay BF Homes in partnership with MedTek headed by its President Mr. Seling Catral and BFPE&BCI. The business club, led by its incumbent President Don Munoz (Pergola Mall, Noah’s Place), truly made its presence felt as a highly credible and generous business association focused on the BF Homes communities.


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My Observations: Tahanan Village to Host Blood Donation Drive on June 1, 2019

In partnership with the National Capital Region branch of Red Cross (Red Cross NCR), the Tahanan Homeowners Association, Inc. (THA) will be organizing on June 1, 2019 a blood donation program titled “Tahanan LIFEBLOOD ’19 Love Life – Give Blood Program” which will be held from 9AM to 3PM at the multi-purpose hall in Tahanan Village, Paranaque City.

Already the THA invited its homeowners to participate in the program which is open to all homeowners, relatives, staff and friends aged 16-years-old ad older.

Posted below for your visual reference is the THA’s official announcement paper. Contact information and all other relevant details are included!

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My Observations: Summer Swimming Lessons in Tahanan Village to Start April 1

Starting April 1, 2019, summer swimming lessons will begin at the swimming pool (and the nearby kids’ pool) by the clubhouse of Tahanan Village, Barangay BF Homes, Paranaque City.

Based on the details released via signs around the village, the 1st batch of lessons is from April 1 to 13, 2nd batch from April 22 to May 4, 3rd batch from May 6 to May 18 and the 4th batch from May 20 to June 1.

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The Tahanan Village swimming pool.

Schedule for the swimming lessons is from 8AM to 9AM, 9AM to 10AM, 10AM to 11AM, 2PM to 3PM, 3PM to 4PM, and 4PM to 5PM.

Courses offered are as follows: Tadpole, Basic, Intermediate, Advanced and Competitive.

For inquiries and enrollment, call 09089775023 and 09155900580.

 

My Observations: A Candidate’s Birthday Celebration Attended By Many Guests Including A Presidential Consultant

Last night (March 17, 2019) I attended the birthday party of former Barangay BF Homes kagawad Alfred Lazatin who is a candidate running for one of the eight seats in the City Council (for District 2) of Parañaque with the next local election happening this May. The party was held at the covered basketball court in BF NorthWest, Barangay BF Homes, Parañaque City, Philippines.

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Birthday celebrant and City Councilor candidate Alfred Lazatin watches as former City Mayor Jun Bernabe greets one of the many guests during the party in BF NorthWest on March 17.

Lazatin, who served his barangay for over a decade, is now 40-years-old. His wife Cielo is now serving the barangay as an incumbent kagawad.

As this year is an election year for both national and local levels, it is no surprise that the teammates of Lazatin with Team Bernabe-Marquez were also present mingling with the guests and greeting as many people as they could. This includes former Parañaque City Mayor Florencio”Jun” Bernabe (whose birthday party I wrote about), his running mate former Barangay BF Homes chairman Jeremy Marquez, former BF NorthWest president Anthony Vivero plus other teammates including those running for City Council seats of District 1.

The most notable guest present was Presidential Consultant Maria Fema T. Duterte who not only expressed support for Team Bernabe-Marquez (note: their team is allied with President Rodrigo Duterte) but also delivered a memorable speech concerning the future of Parañaque which in recent times deteriorated when it comes to competing with other cities on varied categories and is no longer in the list of the Top Ten Richest Cities of the Philippines.

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Members of Team Bernabe Marquez and Presidential Consultant Maria Fema T. Duterte (middle in between Jun Bernabe and Jeremy Marquez) do the Duterte Fist Bump for photographers.

“I met with Mayor (Jun Bernabe) at SM MOA not too long ago and I told him that he should return to power in the city (to improve it for the people),” Duterte said. “The team led by Bernabe and Jeremy Marquez is ready to serve the people of Parañaque for a brighter future. They can’t do it alone and that’s why your participation in the election is needed. The future of Parañaque is at stake.”

The speech ended with a strong applause from the many guests who were present.

The rest of the birthday party saw the guests enjoy the meals and drinks served. Some prizes were raffled off and the lucky winners were seen happy.

For your viewing pleasure, check out the other pictures from the party posted below.

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A guest with birthday celebrant Alfred Lazatin, wife incumbent Barangay BF Homes Kagawad Cielo Lazatin and former BF NorthWest president Anthony Vivero.
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Birthday party guests getting served with tasty food.

 

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Parañaque City Vice Mayor candidate Jeremy Marquez listens to Presidential Consultant Maria Fema T. Duterte.
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Parañaque City Council Candidate for District 2 Anthony Vivero with Presidential Consultant Maria Fema T. Duterte and a BF NorthWest resident.
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Presidential Consultant Maria Fema T. Duterte raises the arm of Parañaque City Vice Mayor candidate Jeremy Marquez showing her support for him.
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Parañaque City Vice Mayor candidate Jeremy Marquez mingling with some of the guests.
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Team Bernabe-Marquez raise their arms in unity with Presidential Consultant Maria Fema T. Duterte.

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