Olongapo SubicBay BatangGapo Newscenter

Wednesday, March 16, 2005


Senator Richard Gordon yesterday hailed the forthcoming 23rd Southeast Asian Games scheduled to be held in the Philippines later this year as “another WOW event” that would boost tourism and show to the world the “organizational skills, infrastructure, culture and hospitality of the Filipino people.”

Gordon issued the statement in response to the call of First Gentleman Miguel Arroyo that he (Gordon) should act as the country’s “No. 1 cheerleader” in the SEA games.

“Now is the time to create a World of Winners (WOW), to unite our country and our people so that, despite our lack of resources, we can host the best possible SEA Games, putting forward the best in our organizational skills, infrastructure, culture and hospitality,” said Gordon. WOW, which stands for World of Wonders, was Gordon’s slogan when he was secretary of the Department of Tourism before his election to the Senate.

“The hosting of the SEA Games,” said Gordon, “is a job that goes beyond the organizers and the government, but extends to every Filipino, who has a role to play in the great honor of hosting the Games. Lahat tayo may taya dito dahil ito ay isang pagkakataon upang ipakita sa ating sarili na kaya natin ito at ipakita sa mundo na maganda ang ating bayan at magagaling ang ating mga mamamayan.”

He added, “We should look at the SEA Games as more than just a regional athletic championship event, but as a catalyst to national change, tourism and investment. Because when foreign participants see that we have a beautiful country with excellent infrastructure and facilities, with intelligent and hospitable people, tourism and business will thrive, creating more jobs and livelihood opportunities for us.”

Gordon also expressed optimism for a “full harvest” of medals by Philippine athletes in the competition. “We stand squarely and solidly behind our athletes, their coaches, trainers and officials, and those who support them, that athletic ability and the true spirit of sportsmanship may produce Winners of Worth (WOW) who compete not only for themselves and their teams but also for the greater glory of God and our country,” Gordon declared.


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