Beyond Work, Furry Delights

Liezel Porras
June 9, 2023

This pet appreciation week, we shine the spotlight on our staff's beloved pets, as they take center stage.

We have gathered a collection of photos featuring our staff alongside their cherished pets. The bond between our VMAs and their pets goes beyond the confines of the professional setting. During breaks or after work hours, dedicated moments are reserved for play sessions and gentle cuddles—a much-needed respite for our hardworking team.

Imagine a Virtual Medical Assistant diligently typing away on their computer while their furry friends lounge nearby, offering unwavering companionship and occasional playful distractions. It’s a heartwarming sight that captures the essence of our staff's deep bond with their pets.

As a proud pet owner myself, I can relate to the joy of having furry companions by our side. Occasionally, during virtual meetings or conferences, my cat makes a delightful appearance, popping its head into the frame and adding a touch of spontaneity to the proceedings. These unexpected interruptions never fail to bring smiles and laughter from my coworkers, showcasing the joyful and relaxed atmosphere that pets bring to our work environment.

Vibrant Pet Culture in the Philippines

As a nation known for its warmth and hospitality, it comes as no surprise that pets are cherished members of countless Filipino households.

Pet owners shower their furry companions with love, care, and sometimes even extravagant pampering. From fashionable accessories to specialized diets and upscale grooming services, pets are truly embraced as treasured family members—as a pet owner of two dogs and two cats, myself included.

But it doesn't end there. Our pet culture extends beyond individual households and permeates society as a whole. Parks and open spaces become meeting grounds for pet enthusiasts, fostering a sense of community and camaraderie among pet owners. Pet-centric events and competitions, ranging from dog shows to agility contests, attract avid participants and passionate spectators alike.

The rise of pet-friendly establishments, including cafes, restaurants, and even hotels, reflects the growing acceptance and inclusion of pets in everyday life. Pet owners can now enjoy a cup of coffee or indulge in a delicious meal without parting ways with their beloved companions. This pet-friendly trend embodies the spirit of compassion, empathy, and a deep understanding of the profound bond between humans and animals.

As we celebrate Pet Appreciation Week, we not only honor our staff and their furry friends but also acknowledge the vibrant pet culture that colors our Filipino society. From the unwavering loyalty and unconditional love of pets to the sense of connection and shared experiences they foster, these endearing creatures continue to enrich our lives beyond measure.


Liezel is a senior writer at Xillium, holding a degree in literature. Prior to joining the company, she spent six years mentoring foreign Asian students to improve their English communication skills in a web-based education. Her academic involvement included developing and revising instructional materials and content. Liezel's career in distance learning has honed her skills in communication, management, research, and technology.

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