CLARK FREEPORT -- The Philippines’ organizing committee for the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games has thanked Filipino chocolate drink brand, Milo, for its support to the biennial games.
House Speaker and Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) chairman Alan Peter Cayetano thanked Milo for supporting the upcoming SEA Games.
Cayetano recognized Milo for “putting action into faith” after more than 40 decades of unwavering support for Philippine sports.
As an advocate for sports, Cayetano also appreciated their efforts to help the Filipino athletes, put value into sports and promote every child’s health.
“We all know that in sports, whether it’s the coaches, the parents of the athletes, the athletes, the fans that are cheering their idols on, they’re full of faith. But it is really when the athletes focus, they give their all, commitment, passion, sacrifice where faith becomes alive,” Cayetano said during the launching of the Milo partnership with Phisgoc for the SEA games hosting in Manila.
He also assured the public that the stakeholders in sports and the organizing committee are now united and are putting all action into their faith.
Cayetano said that there were a number of challenges and difficulties in preparing for the international multi-sport event especially because of the delay and the reduction of the SEA games budget.
“But with the support of Milo and other private sector partners, Phisgoc is positive that the SEA games hosting will be successful,” Cayetano said.
The Phisgoc chief also stressed that the organizing committee together with Philippine Sports Commission and Philippine Olympic Committee are stepping up the procurement of the sports equipment and other supplies that will be used for the forthcoming events.
He called the Philippine hosting of the SEA games as “a golden opportunity to relaunch the Filipino brand and reinvigorate sport tourism in the country.”
“By putting the Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines in a new city outside of Metro Manila, we are re-launching the new Filipino brand,” Cayetano said.
The Phisgoc chief believes that “our leaders need to learn and appreciate the commitment, passion and sacrifice of the Filipino athletes as these traits are necessary to help achieve the President’s vision -- ‘safe and comfortable’ life for every for everyone.”
Cayetano hopes that under the vision of the President Duterte, the hosting of the 30th SEA games will jumpstart Philippine Sports, which he called as the “soul of the nation.”