Rama taps Pages for SRP plan

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

TO SAY that Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama is still haunted by the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) basketball finals disaster is an understatement. Months have passed but the experience continues to nag Rama. This made him realize that Cebu needs a sports complex that will not put the city to shame.

To start off this plan, he taps the services of sportsman John Pages to spearhead this project.

“It is my dream to come up with a space that could host the biggest sporting events. We can use the South Road Properties for that,” said Rama.


Rama recalled the Cesafi finals, where he had to pacify the huge crowd, who started to get uneasy after the finals match came to a screeching halt when the game clock got busted. This almost forced the all-important game between the University of the Visayas and the Southwestern University to be postponed.

Rama, who was watching the game, had to talk to the officials and the teams involved in deciding to push through with the game.

“Just imagine having that event with that kind of crowd. It was the finals and the game clock just suddenly shuts down. It could have caused a riot,” said Rama.

After minutes of waiting, the match resumed with UV winning the title. It was, howecer done using a handheld stop watch and writing the scores on a white board.

“It was a very unforgettable experience that should be written in the anals of sporting history,” said Rama.

The Cesafi finals was held at the Cebu Coliseum, which is 51 years old.

Rama said he looks forward to having a place that will not have game clock problems and can host international basketall, football and other tournaments including other non-sporting events like conventions.

He tapped Pages because he believes Pages is a man of vision and action.

Pages said the plan is still in the drawing boards as they wait for SM to finish their plan of putting up a stadium at the SRP.

Pages will then be working side by side the Cebu City Sports Commission headed by Ed Hayco.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 10, 2014.


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