BOXING by the Bay could well be the theme of the 2013 ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships set from March 10-17 at the Subic gym in this coastal town south of Zambales.
No less than 26 Asian countries will fly in over 130 boxers in the 17- and 18-year-old age class to trade punches in 10 weight divisions from 49 kgs light flyweight to 91kgs super heavyweight.
The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority is rolling out the red carpet for the foreign delegations.
“We want to highlight this as a world-class event,” said SBMA deputy administrator Raul F. Marcelo.
“[SBMA] Chairman Bobby Garcia has given explicit instructions to fully cooperate with PLDT-ABAP in seeing to it that all efforts are made to impress upon our foreign guests our unique brand of hospitality, organizational savvy, and the natural charm of Subic Bay.”
ABAP executive director Ed Picson said SBMA has given the air-conditioned venue an entire makeover with “a fresh coat of paint, comfortable lounges and locker rooms.”
Ample security personnel will also be made available to assure order in the event, according to Picson.
“We expect our guests to not only enjoy exciting and competitive boxing, but also everything that Subic Bay has to offer in terms of accommodation, entertainment and an environment of relaxation and the good life,” said Marcelo.. “We are proud to partner with PLDT, Smart and ABAP in welcoming all our guests.”
For his part, ABAP president Ricky Vargas expressed gratitude to Garcia and Marcelo for the “enthusiastic support” because “this is not just an ABAP venture but a national one.”
Powerhouse China, North Korea, former Soviet republics, and the Middle Eastern bloc, including war-torn Syria, are among the nations that have confirmed their participation.
The ABAP-PLDT Philippine team has been drawn from youth pool and will parade James Palicte (60 kgs), Jade Bornea (49 kgs.), Ian Clark Bautista (52 kgs), Jonas Bacho (56 kgs), and Eumir Felix Marcial (64 kgs).