Sea Games

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Dur­ing the for­mal talks at the equally his­toric Mt. Pi­natubo Room of the Laus Group of Com­pa­nies cor­po­rate head­quar­ters here, PHISGOC Venues Direc­tor David F. Carter dis­closed that they have de­cided to hold the mar­tial arts and con­tact sports com­pe­ti­tions in Pam­panga and not in Metro Manila due to its prox­im­ity to the SEA games main venue at the New Clark City in Tar­lac.

“The LausGroup Event Cen­tre has very nice fa­cil­i­ties and Chair­man Levy [ P. Laus] is very ac­com­mo­dat­ing. At the same time, the prov­ince of Pam­panga and the city is free from pol­lu­tion and traf­fic. So why should we still bring the events to an­other venue? Al­though we were be­ing con­vinced to trans­fer it to Manila, it will be here and it is fi­nal,” he said.

“These events will bring in mul­ti­ple golds dur­ing the SEA games. And news, not only na­tion­wide and South­east Asia but the whole world as well, will be fo­cused here. In judo, we are look­ing at five golds, six to seven in ju­jitsu and Koresh could de­liver three to four golds. We are look­ing at 277 ath­letes and of­fi­cials for judo alone. So mul­ti­ply that by three plus dou­ble the num­ber of rel­a­tives and sup­port­ers of the ath­letes who will come with them so you have a huge crowd com­ing to the prov­ince and the city which could pos­i­tively af­fect the lo­cal econ­omy. That is why the help of Chair­man Levy and the sup­port of Pam­panga and San Fer­nando is a wel­come de­vel­op­ment be­cause of the bud­get cuts in the SEA games. And with the ac­com­mo­da­tion ac­corded us by of­fi­cials here, oth­ers might take their com­pe­ti­tions here, too,” Carter fur­thered.

Full sup­port

Both Vice-Gover­nor Den­nis “Delta” Pineda and San Fer­nando Mayor Ed­win “EdSa” San­ti­ago vowed full sup­port for the host­ing of the three sports events in Pam­panga’s cap­i­tal city, es­pe­cially the dates fall on the time­lines of the Pam­panga Day cel­e­bra­tions and gi­ant lantern fes­ti­val.

“We are very happy about host­ing some of the SEA games events be­cause Pam­panga and the City of San Fer­nando will be known as places for sports de­vel­op­ment and sports tourism. And since these will co­in­cide with gi­ant lantern fes­ti­val time­line, we will have the op­por­tu­nity to show­case the cul­ture of Ka­pam­pan­gans. Def­i­nitely, the city gov­ern­ment will ex­tend its full sup­port to the SEA games,” San­ti­ago said.

For his part, Vice-Gover­nor Pineda, while pledg­ing full sup­port to the host­ing of the events here, ex­tended his grat­i­tude to the PHISGOC.

“I thank the PHISGOC for choos­ing the LausGroup Event Cen­tre lo­cated in the City of San Fer­nando, Pam­panga as the of­fi­cial venue of the games es­pe­cially mar­tial arts. It’s a big honor for the prov­ince,” he said.

The vice-gover­nor stressed that the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment would take care of se­cu­rity and other lo­gis­ti­cal con­cerns the PHISGOC needs.

“We have al­ready com­mit­ted to take care of se­cu­rity and im­me­di­ately, I will bring this up with the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice. We will ex­tend full sup­port to­gether with the city on other con­cerns the com­mit­tee would have as this is his­tory for Pam­panga. At the same time, we will make the SEA games events here one of the high­lights of our Pam­panga Day cel­e­bra­tion,” Vice-Gover­nor Pineda added.

Mean­while, Laus dis­closed that the LausGroup is pre­pared to as­sist the PHISGOC for the host­ing of the games.

“Prac­ti­cally, modesty aside, the LausGroup has ev­ery­thing from two-wheel ve­hi­cles to big trucks. We also men­tioned to them that we can pro­vide a he­li­copter to trans­port their VIPs as we have a he­li­pad here. That would cer­tainly in­ter­est them,” he said.

“We are very happy about this. I made sure that they will get very sup­port­ive rates for the LausGroup Event Cen­tre in the name of na­tional in­ter­est. It’s very his­tor­i­cal for the prov­ince. We feel we should never miss this op­por­tu­nity that is why we are sup­port­ing them with much en­thu­si­asm,” con­cluded Laus.— JTD

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