by Waylon Galvez
The country’s hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games is not just an opportunity for the Filipino athletes to showcase their talent in front of the home crowd, but a chance to boost the country’s tourism as foreigners are expected to come for the event.
That is what Senator JV Ejerito believes as the country prepares for the staging of the 11-nation biennial meet set November 30 to December 11.
“It’s always an honor to host (a sporting event), especially the SEA Games,” said Ejercito, a member of the senate committee on games amusement and sports, in a press briefing recently at the Limbaga 77 Cafe Restaurant in Quezon City.
“Of course that will be good for us, for tourism and for the country’s image if they are able to host big events like this,” he added.
Ejercito also added that the overall championship is likewise important in this multi-sports meet, just like when the Philippines bagged the title when it hosted the SEA Games back in 2005.
“Of course as host there’s pressure that we have to perform. I hope for the best to our athletes,” said Ejercito.
In the history of the biennial event, this will only be the fourth time that the Philippines will stage the SEA Games and the Philippines SEA Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) is fast tracking with its preparation, particularly on the different venues.
The meet will be staged in various places, including Subic, Tagaytay and in different facilities in Metro Manila.