Boxing heroes Mansueto “Onyok” Velasco Jr. and Leopoldo Serantes, bowling Hall-of-Famers Rafael “Paeng” Nepomuceno and Olivia “Bong” Coo, together with track legends Lydia de Vega-Mercado and Elma Muros-Posadas are set to tell their stories of triumph on November 13 at Rizal Memorial Coliseum. They were at hand to inspire Filipino athletes who will represents the country this coming 30th Southeast Asian Games.
Send-off ng Bayan
President Rodrigo Duterte will also join them together with the country’s top sports officials during this “Team Philippines Send-off ng Bayan” at the newly renovated Rizal Memorial Coliseum in Manila.
All 1,115 Filipino athletes from 56 sports are expected to join the assembly as Filipino’s pride at sports share the circle of their success.
Commissioner of Philippine Sports Commission, Ramon Fernandez, who is also a former national team who standout on their reign, will also have the floor to speak for motivating Filipino athletes.
Prince of Philippine Rock, Bamboo, will also be shown at the entertainment segment of the send-off ceremony where the theme song of Team Philippines will be revealed.
Team Philippines haul
In 2005, the Philippines last hosted the Games where we won the overall title bagging of 112 gold medals and 290 overall. It was followed by Thailand in the same year with 87 gold medals and 117 bronzes making up the bulk of its 283 tally.
The country will be banking heavily on combat sports like taekwondo, boxing, karatedo, judo, jiu-jitsu, kickboxing, arnis, wushu, wrestling and muay serves as primary gold-medal sources in the Games.
Other medal-rich events are athletics, aquatics, billiards, chess, dancesport, triathlon, traditional boat race, weightlifting, golf and team sports basketball, softball, baseball, ice hockey and rugby sevens.
Rizal Memorial Coliseum construction
PSC Chairman William Ramirez said on Monday that the renovation of the sports facilities inside the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex (RMSC) will be finished 10 days before the 30th Southeast Asian Games.
Ramirez said the assurance was made by the contractors of the six major facilities that will be used for the SEA Games which the country will host for the fourth time from November 30 to Dececember 11 this year.
He also said the Rizal Memorial Coliseum, which go through major rehabilitation for the first time since 1953, will be finished by November 14 while the Ninoy Aquino Stadium, Tennis Center and football stadium will be ready by November 21.
“I’m excited to see these (renovated) sports facilities,” Ramirez added.