THE Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) honored the national athletes as the country celebrated the 156th birthday of revolutionary hero Andres Bonifacio on November 30, 2019.
"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," said Phisgoc chairman Alan Peter Cayetano.
As the committee tasked to take the lead in organizing the SEA Games, Phisgoc called for unity among all Filipinos to show support for the athletes who will represent the Philippines in 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," said Cayetano.
"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 added.
Cayetano stressed that the Philippine hosting of the 30th SEA games is an opportunity to honor our athletes and showcase the world-class talent of the Filipinos.
Phisgoc encouraged Filipinos to support the athletes competing in the sports event by watching their games in venues near them. There will be a total of 56 sports and over 500 events that will be held in 58 different venues in Metro Manila, Central and Southern Luzon.
The opening ceremony of the SEA Games is on Saturday, November 30, 2019, at the Philippine Arena.