An­i­mal Ap­peal

Animal Scene - - ANIMAL APPEAL -

In the Philip­pines, the start of Pi­geon Racing could be at­trib­uted to the club races or­ga­nized by Gen­eral Con­rad of the US Army Sig­nal Corps through the Hom­ing Pi­geon Club around the mid 1930s. They started with the use of stocky and re­li­able hom­ing pi­geons brought by Amer­i­can GIS. One of the avid fanciers to join these races was Jose Mon­tilla.

When the war broke out, races were dis­con­tin­ued and the pi­geons were dis­trib­uted to the mem­bers of the club. Af­ter the war, Mon­tilla was able to se­cure pi­geons from the US Sig­nal Corps when they left the coun­try in the 1950s. An­other re­mark­able man was Eu­lo­gio Chua who im­ported racing pi­geons from the US, Bel­gium and France dur­ing the pe­riod of 1945 to 1957, im­prov­ing the blood­lines of the racing pi­geons in the coun­try. In 1958, the Philip­pine Hom­ing Pi­geon, Inc. (PHA) was formed by Jose Mon­tilla, Eu­lo­gio Chua, Celso M. Estrella, Sal­vador Goros­tiza, An­to­nio D. Tengco, Ben Araneta, Peter Yap, Cham Teng Hui, Per­fecto Domingo, Nick Bus­ta­mante, Tony Dee, and Elias Hechanova. These men pooled their re­sources and made use of PNR rail­ways to race pi­geons in Gu­maca, Naga, and Le­gaspi. In 1960, they took the North­ern Route us­ing buses and three years later, tried the Basco, Batanes lap.

Through the ef­forts of Cham Teng Hui who con­tacted land sur­vey­ors, ac­cu­rate dis­tances be­tween re­lease points and lofts were mea­sured; even­tu­ally, PHA got hold of sec­ond-hand clocks from Bel­gium which the mem­bers bought for cheap prices.

Philip­pine Hom­ing Club Inc. is the old­est and most pres­ti­gious pi­geon racing club in the coun­try. The club was formed 1958 and for­mally reg­is­tered in 1960.

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