PUERTO Princesa is without a doubt one of the best tourist destinations in the country, but Mayor Luis Marcaida III is hoping to add another dimension to the city and that is to make it a regular venue for various sporting events.
The city government, according to Marcaida, is venturing to various sports undertakings this year, including water sports this summer and later on an action-packed motorsports.
“Even before, Puerto Princesa is known for hosting sports tournaments, not just local events, but also international competitions,” said Marcaidi, an avid and active shooter.
“Now, we’d like to regain that stature as a sports tourism destination. That is want we’d like to revive, we’d like to bring different international tournaments in our city and create attention,” added Marcaida.
Site of one of the Seven Wonders of the World (Underground River), Puerto Princesa has served as venue to various local and international tournaments like boxing and basketball in the past.
On May 28 to 30, the 2nd Pilipinas International Beach Sports Festival will be played at the Bay Walk Park in Puerto Princesa, organized by Optimum Sports in partnership with the city government.
The scheduled events include the 4th Pilipinas International Beach Water Polo and the 2nd Pilipinas Open Water Swim.
“It’s our way of helping the City of Puerto Princesa improve its sports tourism,” Optimum Sports president Dale Evangelista said as he met recently with Marcaida to plan the different events until 2018.