THE Philippines gets its hosting campaign and bid for the overall title of the 30th Southeast Asian Games going by holding a pep rally for its main stars – the athletes - on Tuesday at the Rizal Memorial baseball field.
Top sports officials will join Filipino athletes during the special event that will officially launch the GoPilipinasGo campaign to mark the country’s attempt at regaining the overall championship of the biennial meet.
The Philippines won the SEA Games title for the first and only time when it also hosted the event in 2005.
Philippine Sports Commission chairman William ‘Butch’ Ramirez spearheads the affair eight months before the Nov. 30 to Dec. 11 meet.
Ramirez said he was given the order by no less than Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea to help in drumming up the SEA Games hosting.
“There’s no way we are turning our backs because I got an instructions from the office of the Executive Secretary, ‘Butch tulungan mo ang SEA Games to succeed,’” said the PSC chairman on Wednesday.
“As PSC chairman, it is my job to raise the spirit of the athletes.”
Ramirez also reached out to Philippine Olympic Committee officials led by Ricky Vargas and their counterparts at the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee under former Secretary Allan Peter Cayetano to grace the event and help lift the athletes’ campaign.
An invitation has been sent out too, to President Duterte.
Also invited are Presidential Adviser on Sports Dennis Uy, presidents of the various National Sports Associations, Department of Education, Department of Health, among others.
Philippine Chef de Mission Monsour Del Rosario will lead in cheering the Filipino athletes along with other sports greats Manny Pacquiao, Mansueto ‘Onyok’ Velasco, Bong Coo, Paeng Nepomuceno, Eric Buhain, Lydia De Vega, Elma Muros-Posadas, Eugene Torre, Efren ‘Bata’ Reyes and officials and members of the Philippine Olympians Association.