#BambiTheTeenager has been my guardian angel since I was 9 yrs old. For 15 yrs, she's been with me through my struggles and my happiest & most important milestones (this photo was taken when I got engaged!), and she still never fails to comfort me when I need it most. If you know me personally, you'd know this—she's been the most consistent thing in my life, and even when I had nothing & no one, I had her. I can never put her love & loyalty into words, and I don't know what I would do if anything ever happened to her. This is how much this DOG means to me. Anyone who truly loves their pets knows the joy they bring. ❤ This is why it's so painful to hear about the controversy surrounding the MMFF film, "Oro". Can you imagine the fear in your furbaby's eyes & the pain in his cries if he were to be stuffed into a sack, beaten to death, skinned & gutted—and filmed for everyone to see? 😢 People condemn & protest against the Yulin Festival, and they get angered by people who upload videos of themselves harming animals. How is this any different? Because it was done for "art"? Because it happens in real life anyway? I know it's based on reality & it does happen in the Philippines, but is that enough to justify the fact that an innocent life was brutally ended for this purpose? It's unbearable enough that this even happens at all, and people already decry the act. Why join in when we know better 😔 Those who work in this field know that there are countless ways in which that scene could have been executed effectively without harming a single soul. In pursuit of authenticity, you lost your humanity. Don't get me wrong, I've heard great reviews about "Oro" & I don't doubt the superb quality of the film in its entirety, as well as the competence of its actors, and the message it conveys.. But I do hope that this never happens again. This isn't something that we should ever encourage. Or even allow. We were made to be better than this. 💔 (Sorry for the long post. I'm not the type to speak up, but if things go unsaid this time around, people might just let it slip & think that this is okay. It is NOT okay. Lend a voice to those who can't speak for themselves. 🐾)
If her Instagram account is any indication, Coleen Garcia just might have the most number of pets than any other celebrity her age. Apart from her dogs and cats living with her, Coleen admitted she also has some rescued pets living in their family home. "There’s no one animal that I prefer above the rest. I think that all animals are just amazing and they all have their own personalities, they have their own characteristics and they’re all different. Parang sa bahay ko kasi ang dami naming aso ‘di ba? Napapansin ko talaga na they all have their own character and it’s really so amusing to see," she shared.
If you are a big Coleen fan, you would probably be familiar with her cat Anya. The 24-year-old actress admitted her fascination with hairless cats and dogs started with Anya. "Si Anya kasi any time na makita siya sa picture ng mga tao natatakot sila, nandidiri. Pero when they meet her in person they always get fascinated kasi ang lambing pala niya, ang cute niya pala. Tapos sobrang mainit. So si Anya I kind of became obsessed with her already. Katabi ko siya matulog tapos whenever I can dala dala ko siya. As in parang naging baby ko na talaga si Anya. Like out of all my pets bini-baby ko talaga siya," she explained.
The hairless cat is usually the one Coleen brings along with her to work. But she and boyfriend Billy Crawford chose to get a Sphynx for health reasons. "Si Billy kasi is allergic to cats which is why we got a hairless cat and it’s a hypo-allergenic cat," she added.
Coleen said she is lucky that her pets get along with each other even though people think cats and dogs cannot live under the same roof. "Actually yung mga dogs makukulit pa pero like medyo nagkaka-clash sila ng ibang dogs kasi minsan masyadong makulit. Pero when they’re calm they all get along. Because Anya is actually fond of dogs naman," she admitted.
Although not all people share their love for hairless pets, Coleen said it is perfectly understandable and has no issue with it. "Well I think you really have to be an animal lover. Kasi kanya kanya yun eh. I mean there are some people who don’t even like dogs or cats to begin with. So I understand that and I accept that. Kanya kanya namang opinion. Pero I used to adopt cats from the street so I’m the kind of person talaga who will love all animals. Kahit punong puno pa yan ng galis aalagaan ko. Punong puno nga lang yung bahay ko kaya hindi na puwede. If Billy just weren’t allergic to cats I would still be adopting from the streets," she shared.
Someday, Coleen said she has plans of putting up her own animal sanctuary for rescued cats and dogs. "Dream ko talaga in my life gusto ko na bago ako mamatay meron akong napatayo na animal shelter. Gusto ko gumawa ng sarili ko na walang i-euthanize, yung no-kill shelter," she said.