Deputy Speaker Mikee Romero of 1Pacman Partylist and one of the founding directors of the Philippine National Federation of Polo Players urges the Department of Education (DepEd) and Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) last Wednesday to let the students watch this year’s Southeast Asian Games for free.
‘Student-cheerers’ can make an impact
Mikee Romero, who is a member of the PH polo team and a part of the biennial meet, alleged that PHISGOC should allot a portion where students, especially those who besiege on the said venues, can support Filipino athletes and other athletes as well.
“We have state-of-art athletics and swimming centers but it will look ugly if there are no student-cheerers,” Romero said.
As incumbent amateur basketball “godfather,” Romero knows how others’ support can make an impact such in the country’s all-out bid to reproduce the Miracle of 2005.
Win with kababayans
“We did it 14 years ago so I see no reason why we can’t duplicate our golden achievements during the 23rd SEA Games. With President Duterte’s total support and crowd support, I’m confident we can do it again,” Romero said.
“If you are competing and you see your kababayans cheering their hearts out, I’m sure you will do everything humanely possible to win,” said Romero. “That’s what I want to see and hear when we hold this year’s SEA Games,” he added.
The biennial meet is said to be set from November 30 to December 11 with the opening ceremony at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan, while the closing event will be held at New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac.
Let students feel the spirit
The Philippines collected 113 gold medals, 26 ahead of perennial champion Thailand, last time the country hosted this momentous event.
Romero who bankrolled the PH basketball team that headed it over during the past 2007 Ratchasima Games in Thailand, said DepEd officials should also cooperate in this endeavor since the country’s honor is at stake in this event.
“Instead of adding burden to their parents, let us allow students to watch and cheer for our athletes, ”, “Let them feel the spirit of SEA Games.” Romero alleged.
The secondary venue will be at Subic while the tertiary venue will be held at Metro Manila and the other nearby cities such as Tagaytay City.