The opening of the 30th Southeast Asian Games couldn’t have been timed better. Its opening ceremonies coincide with the 156th birth anniversary of revolutionary hero Andres Bonifacio.
Making the most out of this alignment of dates, the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) called on the public to celebrate our national athletes as “the country’s modern-day heroes.”
“Today, we celebrate the birth of one of our greatest national heroes, Gat Andres Bonifacio, who was known for his courage and love for the Philippines. Coincidentally, we also celebrate the heroic feats of our Filipino athletes who continue to raise the country’s flag through sports,” stated PHISGOC chairman House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano.
The PHISGOC called for unity in supporting our athletes, who will be representing the nation for the next 11 days.
“These national athletes embody the virtues of Bonifacio. They exude courage every time they fight in their respective sports events. And they do so with the goal of bringing honor to the Philippines,” Cayetano continued.
“Our athletes are heroes in their own way because of the tremendous pride they bring to our nation. They deserve all the praise they can get from their fellow Filipinos, especially now that the 30th SEA Games is officially starting today,” he concluded.
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