Celebrities dine with their pets and PAWS

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What a happy family portrait. Showbiz couple Regine Tolentino (2nd from right) and Lander Vera-Perez (left) pose withtheir daughters, Reigen (2nd from left) and Reigne (right)—and with their adopted "kids" Porky and Sparky (Shih Tzus).


Celebrities treated their four-legged "best friends" to afine-dining experience in the first annual Charity Dinner of Philippine AnimalWelfare Society (PAWS). The eventdubbed as "Dinner with PAWS" was held last October 20 at the Bonifacio HighStreet, Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.

In attendance were more than 300 guests and over 120dogs who all took part in raising P225,000 for the PAWS animalshelter. The said shelter rescuesanimals in distress and provides emergency medical treatment, low-cost petspray, and neuter services to dogs and cats.

"It's amazing what a group of volunteers can do when theyare driven by a passion to help alleviate animal suffering," said Nita Hontiveros-Lichauco, PAWSPresident. "While we see a lot of cruelty in our line of work, we also comeacross acts of great kindness and generosity."

Aside from the volunteers, celebrities alsocame to show their support for PAWS. Among these celebrities were couples Heart Evangelista andJericho Rosales, with their cocker spaniel named Davies; and Dingdong Dantes andKarylle with their shih tzus named Jack Sparrow and Kung Fu. Regine Tolentino and husband LanderVera-Perez also walked the red carpet with their daughters and their shih tzusnamed Porky and Sparky. Also spotted inthe event were couple Agot Isidro and Manu Sandejas with their choco brownLabrador named Tyson and their beagle Elvis.

There was also KC Concepcion who came with her dog Pres, Vina Morales and Arf-Arf (Mini Pom), Toni Rose Gayda with Coco(Poodle) and Brix (Labrador), Aliya Parcs with Holiday (Chihuahua), andTV host Reema Changco with Sasha (Golden Retriever).

Hobbes and Landes gave the canine guests a sumptuousbuffet. Its menu included liver steaktopped with cottage cheese, Chicken Liver Delight topped with parley, MiniHerbed Fish Loaves, "Walk in the Park" cupcakes, Chicken Soup for the DogLover's Souls, Salad, Doggie Sugarless Doughnuts, Canine Carrot Surprise, andWiggy Tails Gelatin.

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The main program was hosted by PAWS celebrities, Patricia Bermudez-Hizon and DJ Crystal. AKA, which is composed of the Philippine Idolfinalists, Arms, Ken and Apple, serenaded the guests while theater director AudieGemora sang "I've Got You Under My Skin."


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