Amid an online outcry, the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) assured the much-maligned logo for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games is by no means final.
POC secretary general Patrick Gregorio said the logo showing 11 loops linked together to form the map of the Philippines that was shown by Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Allan Peter Cayetano during the country’s presentation before the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) for its hosting of the SEA Games next year as a mere peg.
“Kumbaga sa marketing aspect, PEG lang yan. The POC didn’t even have an official statement about it,” said Gregorio from Jakarta, Indonesia where the 18th Asian Games is being held.
“Part lang ng presentation natin 'yan to promote and showcase the Philippines as a sports tourism destination.”
Cayetano's speech before the OCA about the country's hosting of the 30th edition of the SEA Games next year last Monday included a power point presentation of the possible logo and mascot for the biennial meet.
Of the two, it was the logo which drew a lot of flak online the moment it was leaked to the public.
But Gregorio assured everybody it is not what it is.
The former PBA chairman said the pesentation before the OCA was made to bare the country's readiness to host the Asian Games in 2030.
He said lost in the ‘logo uproar’ was the intent to showcase the county is just as ready to host the Asian Games for the very first time in 76 years .
“We presented it before the OCA, which is composed of 45 countries. Pero SEA Games yung hosting natin, hindi naman Asian Games,” said Gregorio.
“So it’s our way of also making them feel that we can host the Asiad in 2030.”
Cayetano was joined in the presentation by POC president Ricky Vargas and Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman William ‘Butch’ Ramirez.
“With full government support together with the PSC, we should bid for the 2030 hosting of the Asian Games,” said Vargas.
The Philippines hosted the Asiad for the first and only time during its second staging in 1954.
Hangzhou, China will be the host of the 2022 edition of the meet, while Nagoya, Japan takes its turn in 2026.
A statement issued by the social media and marketing team of Phisgoc on Monday also bared the official release of the SEA Games logo won't be made until November 30.
“Pakisubaybayan natin sa Nov. 30 sa taong ding ito ang lahat ng kumpirmasyon. Ayon sa napiling ideya at interpretasyon ng committee, ang inilatag na logo, motto at mascot ay hango sa pagbubuklod-buklod bilang isang pamilya. Ang inyong mga ibinahagi namang imahe at suhestiyon ay nai-sumite sa kanila noon pa man at inireview.
“Patuloy pa rin po nating gagamitin ang mga imahe mula sa ating mga mahuhusay na miyembro na nais ibahagi ng mas malawak at magandang interpretasyon sa pagpapakilala ng bansa sa rehiyon, hanggang sa makupirma ang opisyal na mga simbolo sa darating na Nov. 30. "