By TJ Jurado
The Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Philsoc) recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Mabuhay Satellite Corporation for the exclusive satellite services of the 23rd SEA Games set Nov. 27 to Dec. 5.
Mabuhay Satellite will be responsible for the transmittal of the broadcast feeds of all the international broadcasters to their respective countries.
They will be using the Philippines’ first and only satellite, Agila2.
This marks the first time the country will be using satellite in its hosting of the biennial meet.
The last time the Games was staged here in 1991, broadcast transmission was dependent on foreign satellite providers.
Present during the MoA signing were (standing from left) Steve Hontiveros, Secretary General of POC and Philsoc; Joseph H. Buensalido, MSC VP for Treasury and Human Resources; Rey Rivera, Broadcast Executive Director of Philsoc; Johnson Regalado, MSC AVP for Business Development; (seated from left) Gabriel Z. Pimentel, MSC President and CEO and Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr., Philsoc President and CEO.
JOSE S. COJUANGCO JR.
Southeast Asian Games Federation
& Philippine Olympic Committee
On the final day of our gathering as a family, the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee and the Philippines as a nation, wish that we had performed according to the expectations of our members.
The Philippines did not prepare a fancy feast but an austere get-together that fortifies the botherhood shared for many years through athletic competitions.
It is also our fervent wish that the level of hospitality we had displayed this time outshone that of the past with the prospects of getting better in the future.
In behalf of the Organizing Committee I congratulate each and every member of the Southeast Asian Games family for the contribution that made the region glitter with glory.
MABUHAY ANG SOUTHEAST ASIAN GAMES!
December 5, 2005
SECURITY Information booths will be put up in all hotels and venues to beef up the necessary security arrangements for local and foreign participants to the 23rd Southeast Asian Games.
Police Superintendent Jaime Milla, vice chairman of the security group of the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Philsoc), said police visibility inside and outside the venues, hotels and the major routes leading to it had been given extra consideration to assure a secured hosting of the meet, set Nov. 27 to Dec. 5, and safeguard all participants and the huge crowd expected to watch the events live.
“The security booth will cater to the needs of the participants particularly the foreign delegates for them to avoid falling victims to any unscrupulous individual or group. Besides, malaking impact sa security natin kung may mga information booth for easy access to people concerned,” said Milla.
The security committee under the chairmanship of Police General Rodolfo Tor, who just arrived from a speaking engagement in Haiti , is currently undergoing extensive counter-intelligence and counter-terrorism training with representatives of the famed British Intelligence Command, who are currently here in the country.
Milla said all preparations for security measures are already in place, but added the local police units and other law enforcement agencies are also conducting a series of training and seminars to ensure the smooth staging of the biggest sporting event in the region.
Philsoc is expecting over 7,000 athletes, officials, diplomats and representatives of the international corps as well as guests and tourists to be here in the country during the week-long event to be held in main hub Manila and satellite venues of Cebu, Bacolod , and Subic .
Security measures are also being programmed around the vicinity of Quirino Grandstand in Luneta, where the opening and closing ceremonies of the meet will be held and to be attended by no less than President Macapagal-Arroyo.
Philsoc president and chief executive officer Jose ‘Peping’ Cojuangco Jr said a crowd of 300,000 is expected to troop to Luneta and watch the traditional parade of the 10-SEA countries and the elegant opening and closing rites conceptualized by noted producer and stage director Maria V. Montelibano.
Milla said around 5,000 uniform men will be assigned during the proceedings, with standby ambulances and medical team in tow to assist and give fir
THE Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Philsoc) will enforce a cluster scheme for the meet’s transportation system to save time, resources and minimize traffic flows for the duration of the Nov. 27-Dec. 5 event.
Philsoc transportation and traffic control committee chief Rodolfo Alfonso said his group came out with the system after a through deliberation with heads of the different committees and agencies concerned particularly the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
“While security arrangement is already in place, we have to deal with all the possible problems in the transportation of the athletes, officials and dignitaries from their hotels to the game venues and vice-versa,” said Alfonso.
Over 5,000 athletes, officials, dignitaries and members of the international press are expected to arrive in Manila as early as the first week prior to the opening ceremonies of the region’s biggest sports spectacle at the Luneta Grandstand in Manila .
At least 30 venues will host 25 sports event in Metro Manila, Tagaytay and Subic and Alfonso admitted that systematic approach is needed in the transportation system to avoid confusion and delays especially for athletes who have scheduled practices and games.
The accommodation committee chaired by Tourism sports director Cynthia Carrion earlier said participants will be housed in hotels no more than 5 kilometers from the venues of their respective sports.
Alfonso said at least five bus and rent-a-car companies were hired by Philsoc to provide the needed 200 buses, L-300, vans and top-of-the line cars for the dignitaries and members of the diplomatic corps.
But this does not include vehicles outside the Luzon venues. Bacolod and Cebu Cities will host five sports each.
Sports in Cluster A include arnis, athletics, billiards, bodybuilding, wrestling, tennis, taekwondo, table tennis, gymnastics and wushu.
Bodybuilding, basketball, bowling, softball, bowling, squash, shooting and muay thai composed Cluster B while badminton, fencing, football fall under Cluster C.
Cycling, rowing and dragon boat are in Cluster D, with equestrian, golf, chess, and aquatics in Cluster E and lawn bowls, petanque, archery, canoe-kayak, sailing and triathlon in Cluster F.
|METRO MANILARizal Memorial Sports Complex
|Manila||Arnis (Emilio Aguinaldo College)
Wushu (Emilio Aguinaldo College)
Wrestling (San Andres Gym)
|Marikina City||Women’s Football (Marikina Sports Complex)|
|Quezon City||Cycling Track Events (Amoranto Velodrome)
Traditional Boat Race (La Mesa Dam Water Park)
Rowing (La Mesa Dam Water Park)
Women’s Basketball (Ateneo Blue Eagle Gym)
|Laguna||Aquatics (Trace College Los Baños)
Men’s Golf (The Country Club Canlubang Laguna)
|Makati City||Billiard / Snooker (Makati Coliseum)
Squash (Makati Sports Club)
Women’s Golf (Manila Golf Club)
|Muntinlupa City||Equestrian (Alabang Country Club)
Shooting – Trap and Skeet (PNSA Clay Target Range)
|Pasay City||Body Building (GSIS Theater)
Muay – (GSIS)
|Pasig City||Badminton (Philsports Arena)
Fencing (Pasig Sports Center)
Softball (Rosario Sports Complex)
Taekwondo (Cuneta Astrodome)
|Parañaque City||Bowling (Pearl Bowling Center)|
|Taguig City||Shooting – Air Pistol, Rifle, Practical (PSC-PNSA Shooting Range BNS Fort Bonifacio)|
|ANGELES CITY, PAMPANGA||Lawn Bowls (Hidden Vale Sports Club Angeles City)
Petanque (Hidden Vale Sports Club Angeles City)
|SUBIC BAY FREEPORT ZONE||Archery
Canoe / Kayak
|CEBU||Dancesport (Waterfront Hotel)
Pencak Silat (Cebu Coliseum)
Karatedo (Mandaue Coliseum)
Judo (Mandaue Coliseum)
Sepak Takraw (University of San Carlos)
Cycling – Mountain Bike (Danao City)
|BACOLOD||Boxing (La Salle Gym)
Weightlifting (Bacolod Convention Center)
Beach Volleyball (University of St. La Salle Grounds)
Indoor Volleyball (Negros Occidental Activity Center)
Men’s Football (Paglaum & Panaad Sports Fields)
|TAGAYTAY CITY||Chess (Tagaytay City Convention Center)
Cycling – Road (Tagaytay City)
Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) vice president Low Beng Choo said in an interview. that Malaysia ‘s target of 55 gold medals in the Nov. 27-Dec. 5 meet will depend on the consistent performance of its athletes in seven sports – all of which had been the country’s main source of medals in the past editions of the Games.
Aside from swimming, athletics, gymnastics, the sports of lawn bowls, karate-do, tenpin bowling and squash have been Malaysia ‘s constant source of gold medals, and the OCM top brass – who is also acting Chef de Mission of the country – is hoping the medal harvest in the seven events would continue in Manila .
“The inclusion of bowling, lawn bowls and squash which were excluded in the Vietnam SEA Games two years ago, can also boost our medal hopes,” said Choo.
“These sports have always contributed a major chunk of our medals. We (OCM) hope to achieve a similar feat in Manila,” she added.
The Malaysian sports official was a recent Manila visitor attending the Chef de Mission coordinating meeting and ocular inspections of all playing venues in main hub Manila and satellite fields Cebu, Bacolod, Tagaytay and Subic .
Choo expressed her admiration with the preparations being done by Games organizers, including the extensive training program of the Filipino athletes, a factor which she said convinced Malaysia to give up its hope of winning the overall crown.
“The Philippines , definitely, has all the advantages as host country. Your athletes are enjoying full support from both the government and private sector and the way they performed in pre-SEA Games tournaments, there’s no doubt the Filipinos are ripe for the title,” said Choo.
The Filipinos came short of one gold in winning the overall title the last time they hosted the meet in 1991.
No less than President Macapagal-Arroyo led the fund-raising drive to ensure that local athletes will receive all the necessary support from their training to equipments needed.
Malaysia, according to Choo, is ready to settle for second place.
“We’re happy if we can make it (second overall),” Choo said.
In Vietnam in 2003, Malaysia ‘s highest gold medal haul came from gymnastics with nine, followed by swimming and athletics with eight each and karate-do with two.
The 27 gold medals contributed by the four sports accounted for more than half of the 43 won by Malaysia
“Since all the seven events will be played in the Philippine SEA Games, there is reason to be optimistic,” she said.
Among the other medal prospects for Malaysia include badminton, equestrian, taekwondo, wushu, shooting, archery, petanque, pencak silat, cycling and snooker.
Around four hundred athletes will comprise the Malaysian delegation competing in 36 of 41 sports event at stake.
By Edwin Rollon
FILIPINOS will not only get to see the best athletes in the region come the 23 rd Southeast Asian Games, but also the majesty of a future Asian leader.
Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana will be among those included in the Thailand delegation for the Nov. 27 to Dec. 5 biennial meet.
Maj. Gen. Charouck Arrirachkaran, vice president and secretary general of the National Olympic Committee of Thailand, yesterday confirmed reports that the princess is indeed seeing action in the region’s biggest sports spectacle as part of the Thai badminton team.
“Her Royal Highness made it to the team and her presence is expected to boost the morale of the Thailand delegation,” said Charouck, who arrived in the country for a four-day visit and to facilitate the security measures for the Thai Princess.
The 19-year-old royal granddaughter will play alongside Asian champions Boonsak Polsana, Sudket Prapakamol and Saralee Thungthongkam in Thai’s badminton squad.
The charming teener, hailed as Thai’s fashion icon, managed to make the team following a decent finish in the All Thailand Badminton Championship – a qualifying meet for the SEA Games – recently at the Mall.
The national youth champion will play in the mixed doubles and women’s doubles of the event the Thais are expected to dominate.
“She’s a youth model and future leader of the country. Her active participation in sports makes her the country’s premier ambassador,” said Charouck.
The princess’ possible partner are Sujittra Ekmongkolpaisarn in the women’s doubles, while she’ll likely team up with veteran Thessana Phanvissawat in the mixed doubles.
Professor Charoen Wattanasin, president of the Badminton Association of Thailand, said the Princess’ inclusion will infuse new blood to the team in its effort to dominate the badminton event of the SEA Games.
“I am so proud of the Princess’s participation and her place in the national team will boost the morale of the Thai athletes,” he said.
Also included in the team are World Championship mixed doubles bronze medallists Sudkhet Prapakamol at Saralee Thungthongkham.
Earlier, Brunei prince Jefri Bolkia announced his participation in the SEAG as part of the shooting (shotgun) team.
By Edwin Rollon
MEMBERS of the British Intelligence service arrived conducted recently a crisis management seminar and planning for local enforcement agencies and helped examine the security plan and operation for the coming 23rd Southeast Asian Games.
The coordinating meeting was organized by the security group of the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (Philsoc) chaired by Police General Rodolfo Tor, under the program of the Philippine Counter Intelligence for Trans-national Crime (PCITC).
“This is part of our effort to assure a secured, peaceful and successful staging of the SEA Games. The British government offered the assistance and this will really boost our preparations,” said Police Superintendent Jaime Milla, vice chairman of the security committee.
Milla said the presence of the British experts would boost the country’s security planning and management for the Games, spread over in main hub Manila and satellite venues in cebu City Bacolod City , Tagaytay City and Subic Freeport.
Over 7,000 athletes, officials, member of the international corps, diplomats, guests and tourists are expected to participate in the biggest sporting event in the region set Nov. 27-Dec. 5.
“The presence of our foreign friends here will help us in our security planning. They will assess our program and pinpoint our weaknesses. It’s a good idea to prepare our men in uniform on what to do in case of emergencies and the immediate course of actions to be done,” said Milla.
For his part, Philsoc president and chief executive officer Jose ‘Peping’ Cojuangco Jr extended his deep appreciation to the support of the British government in providing the Filipinos the technical know-how and modern ways to fight acts of terrorism.
All units came out with contingency planning to combat any act of terrorism such as hostage taking, bomb threat, mass action and poisoning.
So far, Milla said he already directed all respective regional command and police units to conduct seminars among its members, volunteers, venues and hotel securities to heighten its campaign for security management.
The following countries will be participating in the coming 23rd Southeast Asian Games: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Timor Leste, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
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Despite coming home empty-handed in the 48th World Table Tennis Championships last May, the Table Tennis Association of the Philippines (TATAP) remains optimistic about the country’s chances in the SEA Games.
The team, composed of five men and women athletes from the national pool, finished in the Top 68 of the prestigious tournament. But Filipino bet Richard Gonzales boasts of victories against rivals from Malaysia , Vietnam and Yemen in the singles category.
“Even if we didn’t win any medals in the World Championships, I’m sure that we’ll have good chances of earning gold in the SEA Games,” said Anna Alvarez, deputy secretary general of the TATAP.
“Richard [Gonzales] won against athletes from Malaysia and Vietnam , our main competitors in the SEA Games, so it was definitely a big boost for him to improve more this December. I’m sure he’ll get back at them to score more.”
Gonzales was a bronze medalist in the 1999 Brunei edition of the biennial meet and is expected to deliver more this December. The 32-year-old athlete is currently third in the monthly rankings of the table tennis national pool. The said World Championships was held last April 30 – May 6 at Shanghai , China where the host team swept five gold medals to reaffirm its status as the sport’s top force.
Alvarez said that the said international exposure, the team’s first this year, also served as a training ground for athletes competing for the 10 slots in the SEA Games. “International exposures are really important in honing the skills of an athlete. I’m quite satisfied with how the athletes performed in the World Championships with or without the medal,” Alvarez said.
As of press time, the TATAP is conducting its monthly rankings until August to determine the 10 representatives of the country to the SEA Games. Five men and five women are expected to be chosen when they pass the final lineup at the last week of August.
Since March Tondo native Ernesto Ebuen III currently tops the monthly rankings with 38 points while Julius Esposo came in second with 34. Eight more athletes are in the men’s roster including Gonzales.