CLARK FREEPORT -- The symbolic cauldron built for the Philippines’ hosting of the 30th SEA Games was not funded by the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) contrary to some news reports. The cauldron located just outside the New Clark City Athletics Stadium came from the budget of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).
“We would like to reiterate however that we fully support the move of the PSC, Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), and the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) to construct a cauldron that would serve as a symbol of the government’s thrust of giving value and importance to our Filipino athletes and sports programs,” the BCDA said in an official statement.
Monuments like the SEA Games cauldron speak volumes of how the government values its athletes, and this will be a monument that will last for many generations and inspire athletes present and future to bring glory to the country.
During the Senate’s deliberation on the proposed budget of PSC, PHISGOC Chairman and House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano pointed out that the cauldron is even cheaper than the one built by Singapore four years ago at P63 million.
The last design project of the late National Artist for Architecture Francisco “Bobby” Mañosa, the SEA Games cauldron in New Clark City is a tribute to our Filipino athletes who have been neglected for decades. (PR)