This was made possible by Ms. Charmaine Rojas, whose group sponsored us. This race is also made possible by the Philippine Horse Racing Commission, whose chairman is Atty. Jose Ferdinand Rojas II.
We wanted to use our professor's name for the trophy but people might think he was using class time to gamble so we opted to just race in the name of Communication Research. Haha!
View from below. We were actually stationed at the second floor, where the studio also is. As per our class instructions, we observed how the people relate to each other and what the overall communication environment is. I never really thought that racing could be this interesting so I was glad that Jenny took us here. I thought it was a hobby that only snobs participated in, but I was surprised to see people of different shapes, sizes and social status.
The day proved to be yet another challenge for me and Shin-Chan2 actually. The skies were fiery because the sun was wildly beating down on everyone. With normal exposure, all the grass turned yellow. Knowing also that the event is a sports-related one, it meant one thing: Maximum shutter speed. I felt the need to capture the horses' gaits in frozen motion. Given also that the day was unforgivably bright, it also meant lowered ISO and exposure, neutralized color and white balance...
Look at how bright it is outside. Julienne asked me how my unshaded eyes could handle the sun. She told me that if she were in my place, she'd feel like her eyes were being torn. I told her that Shin-Chan2 were my eyes...I was squinting the entire time I was there.
This is Rod placing a bet. I'm not too sure if Nina and Julienne participated in the betting but Rod sure did. In fact he got so addicted that my nose started bleeding when he explained the mathematical concepts behind betting. He likened it to Calculus. I asked him what kind of Calculus, differential or integral? He said it was like the former.
Now for my favorite part...
I remember Jenny telling the class one time that horse meat is sometimes served at parties. People never ask what's being served, but who's being served. (Which means they know that it's horse meat and they're just asking who it is.) During the race, I asked her, "When do they kill the horses?" She replied with, "When they break their legs."
I nearly burst into tears upon hearing this.
I'm not sure if Ron bet on this one, but I knew Rod won something. He was so happy. I can now imagine what it's like for people who had been doing this for a long time now, if Rod's reaction to the races were any indication.
Here's a clearer picture of the trophy we gave away. I didn't realize its face was a mirror. Sorry, I couldn't get an even closer shot. Shin-Chan2's reflection comes up whenever I try to. Anyway, this is the VIP Lounge, where we rested after the races.
I would like to especially thank Santa Ana Park racing manager and AVP Dan Valmonte for being such a gracious host. He gave us the Director's Office for use and even provided this delicious fare.
I really enjoyed this semester because I was able to hone a lot of my largely unused skills. Doc Joey said, "Mostly in photography?" I laughed, agreeing. But I also am thankful that I was able to write about many different environments and cultures. Our country has such a rich mixture of heritages! I'm truly grateful for the learning experiences.
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