PHISGOC named ‘Best SEA Games Organizer’ by PHISGOC-supported body


Uhh… yey?

ICYMI, the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) was allegedly recognized as the ‘Best SEA Games Organizer’ by the Sports Industry Awards (SPIA) Asia.

This news was broken by the PH government’s very own, the Philippine News Agency (PNA) and went on to be shared by multiple publications.

Per PNA, House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, who also serves as PHISGOC chairman, received the honor from SPIA, which describes itself as ‘Asia’s leading sports business conference and awards platform’.

Cayetano’s official FB page, which live-streamed the event, seconded the nod, writing:

‘Thank you Sports Industry Awards (SPIA) Asia for awarding the 30th South East Asian Games as the best SEAG organizer.’

SPIA ASIA 2019: Recognition for sports personalities of the Year and Recognizing PHISGOC for its Outstanding Achievements in Organizing the best SEA Games Thank you Sports Industry Awards (SPIA) Asia for awarding the 30th South East Asian Games as the best SEAG organizer. The awarding was held during the SPIA conference held on December 3 at Grand Hyatt Manila. Speaker Cayetano was joined by CEO of SPIA Eric Gottschalk, Rep. Abraham Tolentino (POC Chair), PHISGOC COO Ramon Suzara, International Football Legend Ronaldo Nazario and USA Track and Field Olympian Dr. Edwin Moses. The SPIA Asia Awards is one of the very prestigious awards platform in Asia, focused on recognizing and celebrating the achievements of the Asian Sports Industry.Again Special Thanks to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for giving the go signal and making The Philippines Hosting of D 30th SEA Games Possible. Thank You PSC, POC and everyone who worked and is working to make this the biggest and best hosted SEA Games ever. GOD Bless The Philippines! #WeWinAsOne #2019SEAGames #PHforOne

Posted by Alan Peter Cayetano on Tuesday, December 3, 2019


Now, we’re all for supporting the glory of the country. We want the SEA Games to be seen as a success, more than anything, as it serves as a reflection of who we are as Filipinos.

But things just don’t add up.

People are on the fence with the nod’s credibility, considering that 2019’s SPIA Asia is supported by both the Tourism Promotions Board Philippines and PHISGOC itself.

Then there’s the question of the nod’s existence. As many have pointed out, no such award is currently listed on the SPIA Asia Awards website, going against the claim of both PNA and Cayetano’s official page. Further research shows that the recognition also didn’t exist in years prior.

And EVEN IF such an award existed, it would be futile to award PHISGOC as ‘Best Organizer’, considering that a) the SEA Games is still due to run for at least a full week and b) they will literally be the only candidate in the category.






It just doesn’t make sense

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