MANILA – While the holding of big sports events may not yet be in the offing, several Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) players and coaches, specifically from Bulacan and Pampanga, expressed high hopes that San Miguel Corporation’s PHP734-billion new Manila International Airport project in Bulakan town as part of the country’s post-Covid-19 recovery, will give Philippine sports a big shot in the arm.
“It will definitely be a big help for sports. We already have the biggest sports venue in Philippine Sports Arena. With the new airport, we can now host any major local and even international sporting event,” said Jonas Villanueva, coach of the Bataan Risers in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL).
Villanueva, a native of Bocaue, Bulacan, was a former player of the San Miguel Beer and Purefoods teams in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).
Villanueva’s fellow Bocaue native Billy Mamaril, a player for San Miguel Beer, believed that the airport will promote sports tourism.
“Having an airport in Central Luzon will boost all sectors. Sports and sports entertainment in general will be elevated because the ease of traveling by air will be easier. Having games abroad and having foreign athletes compete in the Philippines will be even more possible. Even fans from abroad could come here to watch major sports events. It will make us Filipinos very proud,” Mamaril said.
Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok coach Chito Victolero, who hailed from Sta. Maria town said the new airport could eventually make Bulacan province a go-to place for sporting events.(PNA)