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SEA Games benefit small businesses in Sta. Rosa City

By Rachel Joy Gabrido
November 30, 2019
Interview with Venue Manager Girlie Austria of PHISGOC. (Photo by Cecille Maloles/PIA4A)



CALAMBA CITY, Laguna – Aside from the privilege itself to host the Netball event of the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games 2019, the hosting also provided opportunity to small businesses of Sta. Rosa City’s locals.

“The concessionaires that we have here (in Sta. Rosa Sports Complex), we prioritize small business… we have sponsors but still we were able to prioritize iyong mga taga-rito talaga (the locals here),” Philippine Sea Games Organizational Committee (PHISGOC) Venue Manager Girlie Austria affirmed.

She said they gave them instructions ahead of time to apply and be accredited.

“They all followed the rules. Right now, we are happy that they are gaining sales from this event,” Austria stated.

Food stalls of sponsors and the local entrepreneurs of the city are easily accessible along the halls of the complex. Hence, the audience need not to worry about getting hungry while watching the game.

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The court

Austria also proudly pronounced that the Sta. Rosa Sports Complex is the first internationally acclaimed Netball court in the Philippines.

“Ito iyong nag-qualify sa lahat ng standards ng (This was the one that qualified with all the standards of) netball internationally,” the Venue Manager explained.
The Netball Court in the Sta. Rosa Sports Complex, (Photo by Joy Gabrido/PIA4A)


The court was known for and was used for basketball but was converted properly for netball.

She said the City Local Government of Sta. Rosa led by Mayor Arlene Arcillas and the employees of the complex worked closely with them all the step of the way.

“From start to finish naka-back-up sila sa amin (they backed us up),” she said, also voicing out the appreciation of the whole Netball team and the superiors of PHISGOC for all the help extended to them by the municipality.

The Venue Manager expressed gratitude towards all the audience who have been taking the time to watch the Netball game even if it is a newly introduced sport in the country. “We are very thankful for them. Sana next time ganoon ulit,” she finished. (Joy Gabrido/PIA 4A)

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