When the 23rd Southeast Asian Games is held in the country in November, it wonâ€™t just be a gathering of thousands of athletes and officials but a jamboree of local and foreign mediamen as well.
The Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee or Philsoc said it expects close to a thousand mediamen to cover the 11-nation event to be staged in different parts of the country Nov. 27-Dec. 5.
Based on requests for accreditation forms, Thailand alone is planning to send 300 mediamen while Indonesia is bringing in 120. Singapore plans to send close to a hundred.
The other countries competing in the SEA Games which is offering 441 gold medals in 41 sports are Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, new member East Timor and host Philippines.
The countryâ€™s major broadsheets, dozens of tabloids and a big number of radio and TV stations will all try to maximize their manpower during the Games. The same goes with the different media outfits in Cebu and Bacolod.
These mediamen will be scattered in the close to 40 different venues, including those in Metro Manila and nearby provinces, and southern cities Cebu and Bacolod. They will be billeted in hotels of their choice.
The bulk of the mediamen, however, will spend most of their time at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila where the main press center for the SEA Games is housed.
Despite the fact that the foreigners will be armed to the teeth, from laptops to digital cameras, Philsoc is still planning to put up around 80 PCs (personal computers) at the main press center.
All these computers will have internet access and will be directly linked to the Gamesâ€™ official website, now being loaded with articles and other information, from the history of the Games to past and present records.
The computer requirements should be ready by the middle of October or just in time for a couple of weeks of dry-run heading into the Games. The PICC also housed the main press center during the 1991 Manila SEA Games.
From the official Cebu Sea Games website