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Go Pilipinas Go to conduct provincial events

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by Waylon Galvez

The awareness campaign for the country’s hosting of the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games via the Go Pilipinas Go (GPG) will continue in hopes to boost the confidence of the national team members.

Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman William “Butch” Ramirez mentioned that the GPG movement would conduct provincial sorties leading to the 30th edition of the SEA Games.

“We’ll be joining a lot of sports activities,” said Ramirez in Tuesday’s first official Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum held at the Amelia Hotel Manila in Bocobo St., Manila.

“After the event at the Rizal Baseball Stadium, there will be one in Bacolod and Cagayan de Oro,” added Ramirez.

The events the PSC chief is referring to in Bacolod City include the match pitting Ceres-Negros FC and Persija-Jakarta in the Asian Football Championship (AFC) Cup tomorrow. There will also be the GPG Fun on April 21 in Cagayan de Oro City and the Palarong Pambansa on April 27 in Davao City.

It was a successful launching at the historic Rizal Baseball Stadium as Ramirez headed the drumbeating of the SEA Games attended by top sports officials including Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) chairman, former foreign affairs secretary Alan Peter Cayetano.

About 1,300 people showed up at the launching of the GPG, the majority of which were athletes and officials from different national sports associations, as well as officials from the Philippine Olympic Committee and PSC.

The country will host the SEA Games for only the fourth time, and first since the 2005 biennial meeting when the Philippine Team won the overall championship for the first time in history.

The 11-nation of this year’s SEA Games is set November 30 to December 11 in various venues including Manila, Subic, Bulacan and Tagaytay City with a total of 56 sports disciplines.

Ramirez said that the GPG will continue even after the SEA Games as it aims to boost the confidence of the Filipino athletes that will vie for gold medals at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in Japan.

“So far, according to some people who are helping us (with the GPG movement), it’s a good data to look on,” said Ramirez.

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