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Sunday, August 3, 2014


I SHOULD have checked out Cobra Ironman 70.3 online before going out of the house yesterday morning. Last year, I walked to the nearest south coastal road junction.

Yesterday, I brought along the kids and we decided to walk to the same place I went to last year.

We only tapped on our phones for information when we realized no Ironman biker was passing by the Carmen junction of the south coastal road.

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The SRP U-turn point of the race was actually near Cebu Evergreen Memorial Park a few a kilometers away. We tried walking half a kilometer more before my son Andre picked us up and brought us at the Evergreen corner.

The experience turned out to be great for bonding with the kids. How come Ironman (the superhero not somebody who irons clothes) was not around, daw? I also learned about this app that measures the distance one has walked or run and the number of calories lost.

It also looked like the new route set-up worked fine for the athletes--both local and foreign--although I would have wanted more Talisay residents exposed to the race like last year. The annual Cobra Ironman 70.3 here in our shores shows we are more than ready, at least in tourism, for Asean economic integration.

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While Lapu-Lapu City is active in pushing sports tourism, it would be equally great if other local officials would also do their part in terms of vision and leadership. One tourism area that we can compete well is Mice, or Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions.

Despite several shortcomings, the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) had done its share in stimulating Mice during its brief heyday.

I would have wanted Gov. Junjun Davide to take the lead in rehabilitating the CICC.

Moving on from the controversial construction and the eventual damage wrought by last year’s disasters, the time has come for us to make CICC into what it should be.

Although Mandaue Mayor Jonas Cortes has come forward to fill in the vacuum, I found his vision of CICC too parochial and not geared toward taking advantage of global and Asean opportunities.

Statements attributed to the mayor also talked about making the CICC–venue of an Asean summit–into a venue for cultural performances of the Mandaue School for the Arts and a showcase for local products. At least somebody is talking about his vision for CICC.

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Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 04, 2014.

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