It was the 13th running of the MARHO (Metropolitan Association of Race Horse Owners) at the Philippine Racing Club’s Santa Ana Park racecourse last November 23. A historic occasion, since PRC is all set to move to its new facilities in Trece Martirez, Cavite, in January 2009, this year’s MBC is all the more special for the interesting racecards formed for the raceweek-long event.
I thought it would be a good time to invite fellow Fountain Pen Network-Philippines members to watch the races and enjoy a penmeet.
I’m standing with my kids Alex and Ik, sharing racing tips with fellow FPN-P members Chito, Caloy, Butch P, Butch D., his wife Beng, and Chito’s son Max. It was around 2 pm; there weren’t all that many people around yet.
A view of the left-side grandstand and the track.
A tarp to mark our box. Photo by Butch Dalisay.
By the time Leigh, Pep, Pep’s niece, and Raphael arrived at around 330pm, the place was packed.
Pep, doodling. Photo by Leigh Reyes.
Good thing the weather cooperated – it was a fine day for racing, not too hot. Here’s a view of the stage, and beyond, the left-side grandstand, with the FPN-P box on the level left of the glassed-in VIP Lounge.