Alexa Ilacad Had the Most Touching Pet-Themed Debut at PAWS Philippines!

  • February 27, 2018

The conventional debut of an 18-year-old lady is usually held at a ballroom, with men dancing with the debutante for the 18 Roses, and ladies saying their special messages for her for the 18 Candles. Young actress and musician Alexa Ilacad did things her own way for her 18th birthday bash however, and spent it with the rescued dogs and cats of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), where she had an advanced celebration as well as a feeding program at the shelter with her fans!

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A MEANINGFUL DEBUT.❤️ Because she officially turned 18 yesterday, we’d like to share some of our favorite highlights from The Good Son actress Alexa Ilacad’s advanced debut celebration and feeding program at PAWS last weekend. Animal lover Alexa also supports the PAWS #AdoptDontShop campaign. Thanks again for sharing your blessings with us birthday girl @alexailacad! For more info on how to donate, adopt, volunteer or do a shelter feeding program, just visit our website Please be advised that we do not respond to inquiries via social media thank you.❤️🐈🐕 #iSupportPAWS #advocacy #NGO #animalwelfare #animalshelter #animallover #aspin #doglover #manila #asia #philippines #PAWSphilippines #ALEXA18thBirthdayatPAWS

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Thank you for fulfilling my wish for my 18th birthday- which is to hold a simple thanksgiving celebration as I am just so grateful to the Lord for so many blessings! ♥️🎂 A memorable debut for me is one where I would get to spend my special day around neglected and rescued dogs & cats, who are the dearest to my heart. 🐶🐱 I’m both surprised & amazed that there are wonderful, kind-hearted people who offered to take part in my simple celebration to make it extra special & memorable! 😭🤗 I didn’t expect it to be so pretty for me & rewarding for my furry animal friends! 😍 A massive THANK YOU! to the following: – Photo & Video : @hidalgoportraits10 📷 (Ms. Mayleen, sir Jun, & to the whole team) – Event coordination: No Glitch Hosting and Events 🙌🏻 – Decor: Little Divas Party Solution Shop 🎊 – Cake: Sugarhigh 🎂 – HMUA: Lhexie David 💄 – Cater: Leamors Catering 🍛 – Giveaways: BUM Equipment 👚👕 – Friends from the press, PUSH ALERTS & RATED K, Ms. Korina Sanchez. – Venue: PAWS 🏡 – I LOVE YOU ALL TO THE MOON & BACK! @alexanators_

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“My plan was honestly, not even to have a get-together with fans, but just to visit (PAWS) and be on my own,” she explained to PAWS in an interview. “Just me and my mom. I don’t really support [shopping for pets], I support adopting. So sabi ko, I would never buy [pets].”

PAWS serves as a temporary shelter for rescued dogs and cats who have been victims of cruelty and neglect, and aims to have them adopted after they are rehabilitated. In short, they aim to give these wonderful furry creatures another chance at life, and to give them “fur”-ever homes. Aside from adopting at PAWS, people can also volunteer and donate.

The fans and supporters of Alexa attended her debut at PAWS, and supported the organization instead of giving the actress gifts. “Instead of them giving me a gift, I requested that they just give to PAWS,” she explained. “So thank you guys, so much,” Alexa told her fans. She then cried tears after she was so touched by her fans’ gesture for her birthday. “Thank you for supporting my advocacy for animals.”

Alexa was seen in video clips, crying and holding one of the adorable rescued puppies up for adoption, the black and white pup named Pebbles during her thank you speech. “Ang cute! Dinilaan niya ko, mahal niya ko,” she said, when Pebbles licked her. She then hugged Pebbles tightly and continued with her speech. “Maraming salamat, you guys don’t really know kung gaano ako kasaya ngayon. Ang dami kong iyak, sobrang tears of joy ‘to! This is the only way I would’ve wanted to spend my 18th birthday. And thank you for making it possible.” Alexa also got to meet other rescued dogs like Wacku, Aseana, and Elias during her visit, and looked very happy while hugging them.

Aside from enjoying the dogs’ and cats’ company at PAWS, the actress was also seen mixing the food mixture for the dogs (it looked like delicious mashed squash!) together with her fans. Of couse, she fed the mixture to the animals afterward. She also had the cutest birthday cake with a dog on top!

So happy feeding dogs! 😍😀 #AnimalLover #ALEXA18thBirthdayAtPAWS #alexailacad

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A long-time animal lover

Alexa has long been known to be an animal lover, often posting photos of her pets online. It looks like her love for pets has gotten even deeper when she posted about taking care of a kitten that The Good Son co-star Loisa Andalio rescued last November. Loisa is also a fellow pet lover, having several dogs of her own. Unfortunately, Salem, the adorable kitten that Alexa was taking care of, passed away, and the actress posted about it breaking her heart.

Alexa has spoken more about supporting the #AdoptDontShop advocacy, and we love her for it! Thank you, Alexa, for celebrating your birthday with these animals, and helping them, and making them happy! The debutante has confirmed herself that this is the happiest birthday she’s ever had, and she sure deserves it, having a heart of gold and sharing it with animals.

Want to adopt Pebbles, Elias, Aseana, or any of the other rescued dogs or cats at PAWS? Want to donate, volunteer or do a shelter feeding program? Just visit their website  

Words by Melissa G. Bagamasbad

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