As a practitioner of wushu in the Philippines for almost eight years now, I was elated when I read my shifu’s update on Facebook. Here goes the excerpt:
Proclamation No. 554, s. 2013
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES
PROCLAMATION NO. 554
DECLARING THE MONTH OF AUGUST 2013 AS “PHILIPPINE WUSHU MONTH”
I suppose this event is going to be a big opportunity for the country to boost tourism yet again, as players and members of wushu organizations from 38 countries will be flocking on August 8-12, 2013 at our very own Makati Coliseum for the 2013 edition of the Asian Wushu Championships.
It was in good fate that Philippines was chosen to host the celebration marking the 100th anniversary of the Asian Games. With this, Philippine Sports Commission Chairman Richie Garcia will have to make sure to support the staging of the event. Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Jr. expects that all Philippine agencies, departments, state universities and colleges and private and public companies will also join in to acknowledge Philippine Wushu Month and support the Asian Junior Wushu Championships.
Wushu right now may not be an official category in the World Olympic Games, but it sure still showcases a lot of potential to be known as a sports that engages both martial arts enthusiasts, athletes and fitness fans around the globe. In fact, it has already been noted as one of the Philippines’ 10 priority sports in the government!
There are only five months leading to the Asian Centennial Games. I bet all participants have undergone strict training in efforts to prepare for the fight and strive for perfection.
Through the Wushu Federation Philippines, I deem that the culmination of the Philippine Wushu Month will be remembered as a completely successful centennial celebration of the Asian Games. 😀
On other news, the 2013 World Games will be held in Colombia in July 2013; the Asian Youth Games, in China in August 2013; the 12th World Wushu Championships in Malaysia in October 2013; and the 2013 Southeast Asian Games, in Myanmar in December 2013.