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PAWS Launched Song for World Animal Day

PAWS launched the official World Animal Day Philippines theme song performed by Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez last Sunday, October 3, during the World Animal Day virtual celebration which was streamed on the PAWS facebook page.

With music by Maestro Ryan Cayabyab and lyrics by Jose Javier Reyes, “A World of Friends” delivers a timely message about how our lives are enriched by the animals whom we share this earth with.  “It calls on humankind to build back a better world where kindness reigns supreme,” says Reyes.

World Animal Day is an annual celebration which aims to raise the status of animals and improve welfare standards around the globe.  PAWS Executive Director Anna Cabrera is the World Animal Day ambassador for the Philippines. “The pandemic has prompted us to switch to a virtual celebration of this important day to keep everyone safe.”

“The COVID-19 situation has also highlighted our interconnectedness –  that what happens to one human being affects another in very much the same way that our treatment of animals and the environment affects all lives on this earth,” Cabrera says. 

Such was the recurring theme of the World Animal Day program hosted by Issa Litton and the special Mass for the animals which was participated in by celebrity pet parents – Carla Abellana,  Tom Rodriguez, Heart Evangelista, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Vic Sotto, Pauleen Luna, John Arcilla,  Kuya Kim Atienza, Karylle,  Jona,  Joey Mead, Eugene Domingo, Amy Perez, Janice de Belen, Jerald Napoles, Kim Molina, Marc Nelson, Chico Garcia and more.

In line with tradition during the celebration of the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi (Oct 4), pets were blessed, but this time virtually, by Rev. Fr. Jose Antonio Paras, SDB after the Holy Mass.

The WAD celebration is a fundraising event was mounted annually by PAWS in cooperation with Pet Express to benefit the more than 200 animals rescued from cruelty at the PAWS Shelter and to fund PAWS’ ongoing spay-neuter program for indigent pet owners.  The event was also supported by Purina Supercoat, Friskies, Garbia, Canva and Robig Builders.

The live video which was posted on the PAWS official FB Page has been viewed more than 122K times and continue to garner views daily. The entire event can be viewed in this link : https://www.facebook.com/pawsphilippines/videos/844358436440626.


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