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Five Reasons Why the Philippines Makes an Excellent SEA Games Host Edit

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Lorrianne Aryenz Valdecantos  • Contributor
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Kikiams aside, there are plenty of reasons why the Philippines is a perfect choice to be the host of the 30th South East Asian (SEA) Games 2019. Here are six of those reasons: 

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30th SEA Games Official Logo

1. Filipinos are big sports enthusiasts

It’s true, Pinoys love a good sports game. If the roaring crowds of a basketball game (both local and national) isn’t very much convincing, then the significantly low crime rates during Manny Pacquiao’s boxing games is strong evidence for this country’s love for a good fight.

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Mall of Asia Arena amidst a basketball game

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Sen. Manny Pacquiao 

2. PH made a sports city for the SEA Games 2019

New Clark City occupies 9,450-hectare land in Capas, Tarlac. The construction of this modern metropolis was started in 2018, and this 30th SEA Games, the city is sporting a brand-new, and world-class New Clark City Athletics Stadium, along with an aquatics center, and an athletes' village. The Athletics Stadium’s pillars and the facade are made from volcanic debris from Mt. Pinatubo, its architectural inspiration. Its ringed roof is made to resemble a volcanic crater

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New Clark City Athletics Stadium I Photo from @newclarkcityph

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New Clark City Athletics Stadium I Photo from @newclarkcityph

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New Clark City Athletics Stadium I Photo from @newclarkcityph

3. Everyone deserves to witness the vibrant culture of the Philippines

The opening ceremony of the SEA games is set to set off fireworks that is the Filipino customs and traditions. It is highly anticipated not only for its star-studded acts but also to the depth of Filipino traditions that will be showcased like a Santacruzan-style parade of no other than Filipina beauty queens. 

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Pahiyas Festival

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Pahiyas Festival

4. Filipino cuisines’ gastronomic masterpiece

Food is one of the highly celebrated parts of being Filipino. Each province or town has its own cuisine, one that represents and tells the story of the place and its people. Kapampangan and Caviteño cuisine is deeply rooted in the Spanish era but without a splash of flavor from its culture and history. 

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Caviteño cuisine

All of 7,641 islands of the country

From the peaks of Mount Pinatubo, the rice terraces of Banaue, the cold winds of Sagada to the old streets of Intramuros, and even older restaurants of Binondo, the Philippines certainly deserves to host something this monumental because what good does all of this beauty is if they won’t be showcased. 

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Rice Terraces

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Sagada Mt. Province. Photo by Anton Carranza (http://www.pusangkalye.net/)

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Sagada Mt. Province. Photo by Anton Carranza (http://www.pusangkalye.net/)

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Main facade of the Binondo Church.

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A typical Kalesa in Metro Manila. 


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