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As some of you might be aware, the Philippines is bidding for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

The glory being the newly built 50,000 seater Philippine Arena near Manila. It is currently proposed to use this venue, alongside Mall of Asia Arena, Araneta Coliseum and a new arena in Cebu, for a total of 4 venues.

I disagree. This is a perfect opportunity for the government to truly promote the Philippines, as it has done in it's tourism campaign "It's More Fun in the Philippines".

Given the expansion to 32 teams, the event should be spread out in cities across the country, even if some general infrastructure might not be to scratch.

I'd like to see a FIBA World Cup in the Philippines using the following venues/cities:

Public transport in cities other than Manila will always be an issue, aside from already existing/planned projects, there will always be the emphasis of using buses, taxis and the iconic Jeepneys/Tricycles as forms of public transport in regional cities, which lack a mass transit system like Manila.

Manila: Philippine Arena - 50,000 capacity - Existing

Manila: Araneta Coliseum - 20,000 capacity - Existing OR Mall of Asia Arena - 16,000-20,000 capacity - Existing

For the capital, no new (other than already planned) transport projects are necessary for the FIBA World Cup.

Cebu: Seaside Arena - 20,000 capacity - Under Construction

For Cebu, the Mactan-Cebu International Airport is currently being expanded with a new terminal for international flights, set to be completed for 2018. The existing terminal is set to become the domestic terminal.

Davao: King Dome - 50,000 capacity - Under Construction

Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao already boasts a modern recently built terminal.

Iligan City: New Arena - 10,000-20,000 capacity - New/Proposed

Laguindingan Airport is a recently built modern airport serving the city. It currently hosts domestic flights.

Bacolod City: - La Salle Coliseum - 12,000 capacity - Existing - This arena will need to undergo significant upgrades to make it FIBA standard. If individual seating can't fit to form 12,000, it will be lowered to the 10,000 minimum.

Bacolod-Silay Airport is a recently built airport serving Bacolod. It currently hosts domestic flights.

Naga City: - Jesse M. Robredo Coliseum - 12,000 capacity- Existing - Although recently built and individual seated, this arena lacks certain amenities such as skyboxes and press boxes. It will undergo minor upgrads to meet FIBA standard.

Naga Airport serves the city and the city is part of the Philippine National Railways network serving Luzon.

Zamboanga City - Zamboanga City Coliseum - 15,000 capacity - Existing - This arena will need to undergo significant upgrades to make it FIBA standard. If individual seating can't fit to form 15,000 (it's supposed capacity) then it will be lowered to 10,000 - 12,000 capacity.

Zamboanga will be an issue due to it being a key city being targeted by the Muslim rebels. If more than adequate security can be provided for the event, then it will be selected as a host city, otherwise it will be dropped.

Zamboanga International Airport, is currently serving the city. A new airport is proposed and will need to be completed by 2019.

Puerto Princesa: New Arena - 10,000 capacity - New

Puerto Princesa is home Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park declared by UNESCO as one of the 7 new wonders of nature. This and it's reputation as the Philippine's greenest city, is perfect for hosting a new arena, which could be LEED certified as well. Puerto Princesa International Airport is undergoing an expansion plan to be completed by 2017.

That's 9 venues in 8 cities. A good mix of cities offering a legacy for the whole nation. 3 venues already exist (without needs for upgrades), 2 are currently being built, 2 venues exist with the need for significant upgrades, 1 venue exists with the need for minor upgrades and 2 venues are to be built (one currently proposed and one to be built)

Well what do you think? I would much prefer a World Cup spread throughout major cities in the country. If you were following your national team, it would be better to have the full Philippine experience rather than just the capital region. It's feasible, even if general public transport might not be up to scratch, but that's all part of the charm. The authorities just need to alleviate local traffic when games are held, to prevent traffic jams. It can work and will be great for the nation and the sport of Basketball.

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It's the number one team sport. It's a rich history thanks to "50 years in Hollywood" when the US occupied the country and introduced the sport.

The national team has made the FIBA World Cup 5 times and the Olympics 7 times. The Philippines hosted in 1978.

Another World Cup will not only be a huge boost to the Philippines in the tourism sense, but would probably help make the team far better than it currently is, as its national basketball governing body was plagued with corruption in recent decades, which seriously hampered the reputation of basketball in the country.

In essence, the Philippines could have easily been a powerhouse in basketball, had it not been for corruption in the sport. The venues being built might also cause a revamp in the Philippine Basketball Association (2nd basketball league after the NBA and 1st in Asia), in that teams would not simply be corporate sponsored teams (without a home stadium/geographical home) and have teams which actually are based in cities.

I just wish the actual bid would involve the entire country, rather than just the capital region. The Philippines is more than just Metro Manila!

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They're not good due to politics and corruption, oh and perhaps the fact that the league isn't regional/city based teams (where the passion drives) but just corporate sponsored teams playing out of Manila and on occasion, a game or pre-season game in a regional city.

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Manila is just too overcrowded, congested and polluted to be the anchor host city. BTW, that Philippine Arena is probably a good 2 hours away from central Manila/Makati where most of the major hotels are. So, I don't know how viable a venue that is.

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/635797/nlex-opens-counterflow-lane-to-ease-traffic

Besides, Miss Universe might go back there next year. So I think THAT is a more viable and popular event than an FIBA champs.

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Have you been there? It isn't too bad. It has to be the anchor host city and offer at minimum 2 venues. There will be solutions on how to get to Philippine Arena, it's only 32km away. For marketing reasons Philippine Arena would probably be designated a "Manila" venue, even though it technically isn't in Manila.

As for traffic congestion, that would always be an issue. Solutions will be proposed in the bid book to alleviate this problem. You would definitely have a huge problem if the event was solely held in Metro Manila's major arenas.

Miss Universe? Well they are officially bidding for the FIBA World Cup and if they include the whole nation, then more people would get involved and support it. Why can't you have both?

Oh and I wouldn't be surprised that if the Philippines did win it (the right to host), they chose Philippine Arena as the venue just for the sake of breaking attendance records and such.

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Have you been there? It isn't too bad. It has to be the anchor host city and offer at minimum 2 venues. There will be solutions on how to get to Philippine Arena, it's only 32km away. For marketing reasons Philippine Arena would probably be designated a "Manila" venue, even though it technically isn't in Manila.

As for traffic congestion, that would always be an issue. Solutions will be proposed in the bid book to alleviate this problem. You would definitely have a huge problem if the event was solely held in Metro Manila's major arenas.

Miss Universe? Well they are officially bidding for the FIBA World Cup and if they include the whole nation, then more people would get involved and support it. Why can't you have both?

Oh and I wouldn't be surprised that if the Philippines did win it (the right to host), they chose Philippine Arena as the venue just for the sake of breaking attendance records and such.

But will the INC allow their new house of worship to be used strictly for sports purposes -- even on Sundays? I mean they built it so they could have giant Sunday services. I don't see how it can be reconfigured before and after Sundays from basketball config back to worship setting. There are NO hotels around that Meycauyan location.

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The Inglesia Ni Cristo will be very accommodating. After all, it's not just a place of congregation or worship as per say, it was also designed for sports use including Basketball and Boxing. The Philippine Arena was built to celebrate their centennial. It's not their followers' usual place of worship, but a main congregation place for annual and major INC events. I doubt that it will be used at a regular basis for Sunday worship since many INC communities have their own churches.

I'm sure agreements will be made to have the venue (and the King Dome as well in Davao if it's selected and completed) to have the venue free from INC events for the duration of the FIBA World Cup.

The fact that the venue is there is the main reason why the Philippines is bidding. It would be stupid not to have the venue, even if it is a little far away.

Oh and as stated before, Philippine Arena will be marketed as in Manila, even if it's technically in a neighbouring city of it's own right. The problems with traffic congestion will need to be addressed and solved and it will.

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Someone at skyscrapercity.com pointed out that Puerto Princesa has an existing recently built Coliseum.

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?p=117344115&posted=1#post117344115

That city will therefore not require a new arena to be built.

That's a joke. NO ONE will go to Puerta Princesa. Infrsatructure-wise, it's only Manila, Cebu, Davao that can support a World-class tournament. The other cities are still too 3rd world.

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Why is it a joke? It's a tourist city and not to mention the self claimed greenest in the Philippines. The Philippine bid team should ideally come forward with the idea that it will benefit the whole country. It can work and if 2019 is too soon, then 2023 it is.

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Executive Committee confirms 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup will be played in Asia

MIES - FIBA's Executive Committee met for the first time in 2015 on Thursday-Friday 12-13 March, with a number of important decisions and valuable information coming out of the two-day meeting.

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Looking ahead to future editions of the FIBA Basketball World Cup, it was confirmed that the 2019 event will be played in Asia with China and the Philippines as the two candidates left in the race to host it. FIBA's Central Board will make this final decision at its meeting in June. Meanwhile, Germany, Turkey and Qatar are the three bidding to stage the competition in 2023, with a decision on the host expected in 2016. The Evaluation Commission is expected to visit the bidding countries once the 2015 continental championships have concluded.

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