Posted by Allen Yuarata Wednesday, July 16, 2008 at 7:30 PM
Posted by Allen Yuarata Friday, July 11, 2008 at 8:41 AM
Here's a sneak peak at the overly-awed Beijing National Stadium or "The Bird's Nest".
Posted by Allen Yuarata Tuesday, April 22, 2008 at 5:16 AM
After the foundation of the Pinoy Olympic Campaign Team, Pinoy Olympic Enthusiasts Blog is happy to announce the very outstanding men who have answered the call. Many of them are famous in the blogosphere and has their own blogs. There are still a few of us and has room for more. We need you!
Here are the new members and pioneers of the POCT!
Lans, the humble creator of the Philippine Pride Blog who is now gathering up popularity in the blogosphere. He campaigns much about the SEA Games in 2019 and the Asian Games. Visit his site at http://lanspinoy.blogspot.com
Allen Yuarata, author of this blog and co-author of the Asia's Perfect Ten Blog, a site about ASEAN Unity. His personal site is http://allenyuarata.blogspot.com
Prince Edward Ragasca, owns countless blog about Manila's bids for Olympic events. He personally campaigns for Manila's bid on the 2024 Summer Olympic Games.
Arch. Mark Velez, a 26year old Davaoeño architect who wants to give out his expertise to the Team for free especially the architectural aspects of the venues.
Leveric Daguio Licos, owns a blog entitled "Leveric" which talks about everything he has in mind. He wrote an article campaigning about the Philippines' nominated sites for the New 7 Wonders of Nature. Visit him at http://leveric.blogspot.com
Team Philippines, a group of enthusiastic people campaigning currently about the New 7 Wonders of Nature. They have expressed their support and is looking forward to campaigning about the 2018 Asian Games Bid after the New 7 Wonders campaign. visit http://ourphil.blogspot.com
We are heard and we want to continue this. We want Manila on the world map and we need you for it! Join Now! email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted by Allen Yuarata Friday, April 18, 2008 at 7:29 AM
It was a really historic night when China won the Olympic bid in 2001. Fireworks flooded the skies of Tianamen and people shouted with glee as they were about to host the most prestigious international event in the world.
Little do they know that 7 years later, they are to face the most controversial Olympic edition ever. With Tibet under its wings, ready to fly away in time, China is faced with a tremendous amount of pressure from the international community.
Videos flooded Youtube about campaigns for boycotting the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. Situations then started to worsen when riots sprang up in Lhasa, Tibet, oppressing countless civilians and media. Things have been hushed up in Beijing though. News about the Tibetan event was kept from the Chinese people.
When the Olympic torch was finally lit in Olympia for the start of the torch relay, pro-Tibetan groups started to swarm up the relay route and ambushed the torchbearers, shouting about their Tibetan independence campaigns. Never in the history of the Olympics was the torch relay curtailed. Though various editions have been mixed with politics, the 29th edition is by far the most politically influenced.
Countries and NOC's have expressed sides on the issue and some even threatened to boycott. But many are pleading that an international event like this should not be influenced by political interests because in the first place, it is not the leaders and human rights groups who take part in these events but the athletes who have worked hard in years to perfect what they ought to be perfected and eventually grab some gold for their country.
Let us not ruin their moment. Supporting the Beijing Olympics does not mean supporting anti-human rights acts but supporting the brave athletes of the world.
Posted by Allen Yuarata Monday, April 14, 2008 at 10:01 AM
Recently, I sent an email to Jose Cojuangco, President of the Philippine Olympic Committee about my great interest in persuading them to present a bid for the upcoming 2nd Youth Olympic Games in 2014. Though with some disappointment, I am still quite happy that they responded and at least takes interest in my suggestion. This is what the email says:
Your suggestion is very good and very positive. I guess this is the dream of all Filipinos who love sports. But before we can go into that, we must develop our athletes by hiring good qualified coaches, more international exposures, acquiring competitive sport equipment, acquiring training sport equipment, give emphasis to nutrition, incorporate science and technology to natural skills, and the list goes on and on.
The Philippine Olympic Committee under the leadership of Jose Cojuangco, Jr. are fully aware of the needs of our athletes and have already discussed with the Sheikh in Kuwait (President of OCA) and with other major sponsors the possibility of building a training center in Sacobia, Clark. Once its built, almost all major concerns for the development of our athletes will be covered. Even life after sports for them will be taken cared of.
And the next thing you know, you will be there marching with our flag in full smiles...because we just hosted the historical Olympiad games.
for Mr. Jose Cojuangco, Jr.
President, Philippine Olympic Committee
So the plan in Clark really is true! Yipee!
Posted by Allen Yuarata Tuesday, April 8, 2008 at 9:19 AM
SEA Games Logo in English
SEA Games Logo in Filipino
Olympics Logo in English
Olympics Logo in French
Olympics Logo in Filipino
The SEA Games Logo depicts the dynamic curves representing the colors of the Philippines flag. The curves all start from a single point which means the common Southeast Asian origin and ends towards the SEA Games Logo which means getting back to the old SEA Games tradition of unity and brotherhood under one common origin.
The Olympic Logo depicts the Manila City skyline from the famous Manila Bay. Green is the chosen color to depict the lush and rich culture, environment and idealisms.
Posted by Allen Yuarata Sunday, April 6, 2008 at 8:56 AM
Lately, Singapore won the bid for the hosting of the first ever Youth Olympic Games. According to IOC President Jacques Rogge, the requirement is simple. The IOC Executive board has not imposed too many requirements as in the Summer and Winter Olympics.
Firstly, Singapore has never hosted any major sporting events except the Southeast Asian Games which then gives Manila (or the Philippines in general) an advantage if ever we pass a bid for the 2nd edition. If we look back, Manila hosted the 2nd Asian Games back in 1954, the 1034 Far Eastern Cahmpionship Games, 3 SEA Games editions, the Asian Women's Volleyball Club Championship and the ASEAN ParaGames.
Secondly, the Philippines is well-experienced in hosting international events that is why, it would not be hard for the country to organize such events. The Youth Olympics, as mentioned by the IOC aims to make use of existing facilities of the host city. Therefore, Manila does not need to construct new sports infrastructures but instead, make use of existing sports facilities of the government and universities. Besides, the government has announced its plan to counstruct a new sports complex in the Metro.
Thirdly, the Philippine youth has played a vital role in nation-building and is among the most liberal youths in the world. This event may be a great opportunity for them to develop their skills in organizing such events, achieve more in sports and socialize and interact with the other young people of the world.
Manila is not yet too late in announcing their intention to bid for the Summer Youth Olympics in 2014. The rumored bidders are Belgrade, host of the 25th Universiade, Moscow, finalist in the 2010 YOG Bidding and New Delhi, finalist in the 2014 Asian Games. 2014 is a long way away, by that time, we should have acquired the right amount of funds. The event may also be a preparation for the city in its future intentions to bid in the 2018 Asian Games and the 2024 Summer Olympics which gives us a considerable amount of time to prepare. By that time as well, we should have come up with a comprehensive bid that will bring the Youth Olympics home.