We may have won as one in the recent SEA Games, but we lose in the long haul if we continue to cast a blind eye on the deep flaws that continue to plague Philippine Sports. It is precisely this misuse of authority that compeled the best of our sportsmen, our thinkers, our leaders to exercise their talents away from our native shores; the same abuse of authority that caused the clear demise of Philippine Sports during the past decade. Let us not allow this same tragedy to ever happen again. Let justice and unity prevail in Philippine Sports.
PSC Chairman Butch Ramirez states: “This is the result of all the sacrifice and hard work of everyone. This victory is very sweet given the many difficulties we had to face. This win proves that we can achieve a lot when we come together united as one team. I am so proud of our athletes. All of them deserve our respect and love.”
With Peping and his sports mafia slowly being pushed out of the picture, there is now a better chance for redemption for Philippine Volleyball. With that, our hopes and dreams for a united, non-politicized, no-frills-no-mafia Philippine Volleyball can prosper. With the SEA Games almost done, we hope that the new leadership in the POC will finally address this big anomaly in Philippine Volleyball.
The sudden deluge of Philippine gold medals in the SEA Games, after more than a decade of miserable performance, can be attributed to 3 things: 1) the introduction of host-dominant sports; 2) the homecourt advantage; and finally, 3) the new leadership in Philippine Sports and the reforms being initiated. Finally, there is a glimmering light at the end of the tunnel.
Today, the Games begin. Let us go to the gym and cheer for the home team. Let us cheer for all the participants and show our visitors the great hospitality we have always been known for. Let’s celebrate the oneness. Let’s carry our pride and nationalism up our sleeves. Let’s go, Philippines!!! We win as one!!!
What is truly humbling about this experience was the fact that while Udenna Foundation sought to help others with its gift-giving and medical mission activities, it was the Foundation itself that had benefitted from all the expressions of love, the lessons in life, and the sense of pride and nationalism it had imbibed from this wonderful experience.