As the world geared up for the Rio 2016 Closing Ceremonies yesterday, PlayPH speculated over the weekend on just what a Philippine edition of the Olympics might look like, posting under #MayMedalSanaTayo and #Manila2024. While we do know that Rome, Budapest, Paris, and Los Angeles are currently making their bids to host the 2024 Olympiad, it’s still fun to imagine what could be. After all, if there’s one thing the Philippines can compete in with any country in the world, it’s our sense of humor.
THE EVENTS: MAY MEDAL SANA TAYO
For the events, PlayPH decided to forego traditional sports and concentrate on those that would be undeniably Pinoy, coming up with twelve events to highlight the Philippine experience, including Speed Texting and Competitive Selfie, as befitting the selfie and social media capital of the world.
Also included were such off-beat entries as Rythmic Videoke, which tapped into Filipinos love for videoke and our ability to burst into song anytime, anywhere, and Weightlifting (Balikbayan Box category), which tapped into our legendary ability to defy the laws of physics when bringing home the all-important pasalubong from trips abroad.
Check out the whole list of events here.
We didn’t forget the mascots! Since this friendly symbol of the OIympics is supposed to be an animal representative of the host nation, we chose to include animals real and imagined to bring added color to our hypothetical Games.
Standouts include the bow-and-arrow-wielding tarsier, appropriately dubbed, “Philippine Tarcher”, who’s got his trademark eyes trained on scoring Gold. Beloved native delicacy lechon also makes an appearance, as “Tara-Lech”, ever-ready to fly into the sporting action. Even the
infamous barrel-man of many a souvenir shop makes an appearance, as does “Basketbalut”, which combines two beloved Pinoy pastimes.
See the full roster of mascots here.