By Jennifer C. Tilos
Dumaguete City has received an award as the Sports Organizer of the Year and Runner-up as Tourism Destination of the year for hosting major sports activities this year.
The accolade was presented by major stakeholders of the country’s sports and tourism industries such as the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, SELRAHCO Management and Consultancy Services, Plan Bravo Primetime Group and Sports Tourism Forum in Manila.
This 2nd Sports Tourism Awards celebrates the synergy of sports and tourism to promote economic activity not only in Mega Manila but also in the countryside.
Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo led the City contingent to the awards night with Councilors Manuel Arbon, Karissa Tolentino Maxino, Michael Bandal, Assistant City Administrator Dr. Dinno Depositario, City Tourism Officer Jacqueline Veloso Antonio and City Sports Coordinator Ike Xavier Villaflores.
The award is given to different entities and agencies in recognition for their creative, innovative and professional organizations engaged in promoting tourism through sports.
Dumaguete City won the race for the Sports Tourism Organizer of the Year with a series of successful hosting of major national, international and local sports events which include National University Games in three straight years, Dumaguete Dragon Boat Race (regional and international), Little League (Baseball, softball) Philippine and Visayas region series, International Handball Tournament, Children’s Games, Batang Pinoy (Visayas Leg), Regional Meet, Dumaguete Triathlon (Regional) and Beach Volleyball Republic.
The city has been selected as host of the Central Visayas Regional Athletics Association Meet, Private School Athletic Association Meet and the exhibition game between Ateneo and La Salle slated on February 2019.