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ASEAN Para Games 2020

An Overview

The ASEAN Para Games 2020 is an upcoming biannual multi-sport event to be held after the 2019 Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines for para athletes from 20 – 28 March 2020. Participants will come from 11 countries in Southeast Asia. This will be the second time Philippines is hosting the ASEAN Para Games since the first time in 2005. For this edition of the Games, three designated hubs will serve as hosts namely Manila, Clark and Subic.

About The Cities

Manila

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Manila, the capital of the Philippines, is a densely populated bayside city on the island of Luzon, which mixes Spanish colonial architecture with modern skyscrapers. It is known to be one of the oldest cities in the world.

The congested roads snarl with traffic, but they are what keeps this modern metropolis alive. As well as outstanding sightseeing, visitors will discover its creative soul – from edgy galleries to a lively indie music scene. Combine this with a penchant for speakeasy bars, artisan markets and single-origin coffees, and it’s clear to see that Manila is not only one of Asia’s most underrated cities, but one of its coolest.

Places to go include Fort Santiago, Rizal Park and National Museum of Natural History. You can also try a biking tour around the Walled City, Intramuros, food exploration at Binondo (Chinatown) and a sunset stroll at Manila Bay.

Clark

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The Clark Freeport and Special Economic Zone (CFEZ) also simply known as Clark refers to an area spanning the city of Angeles and the provinces of Pampanga and Tarlac in the Philippines.

Almost the size of Singapore, the CSEZ occupies more than 28,000 hectares. It is strategically located within the central Luzon provinces of Pampanga and Tarlac, a pleasant one-and-a-half hour’s drive from Metro Manila along the scenic, tree-lined Northern Luzon Expressway.

The New Clark City will house the 20,000-seater Athletic Stadium, a 2,000-seater Aquatic Center, two track ovals for warm-up for running and throwing events, an Athletes’ Village that has 2,100 beds, the 1.4-km. Riverpark, and government buildings.

Places to visit nearby include Mount Arayat National Park, Scenic Candaba Swamps and Paskuhan Village.

Subic

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Subic Bay Freeport Zone, also known simply as Subic Bay or Subic, is a special economic zone covering portions of Olongapo City and the towns of Subic in Zambales and Morong and Hermosa in Bataan.

It is the Philippines’ first successful case of a military base converted through volunteerism into a tax and duty-free zone, operated and managed by the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority or SBMA.  It covers the fenced area of the former U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay is located in the southwest of Luzon Island in the Philippines.

Places to go include All Hands Beach, Ocean Adventure and Zoobic Safari.

Try cliff diving at El Kabayo Waterfalls, bird watching at Magaul Bird Park and shopping at Royal Duty Free.

Eric Tseng

Chef De Mission

Mr Eric Tseng is hard-of-hearing with severe bi-lateral sensorineural hearing-loss and a retired competitive ice hockey player (8 years) and competitive cheerleader (10 years). At the height of his sporting career, he won regional minor hockey championship with his team and was part of Team Canada at the 2007 ICU World’s Cheerleading Championship where he finished 3rd out of 30+ countries. Today, Mr. Tseng strength-trains regularly to stay in shape and cycles for cardio.

 

Mr Tseng was part of the 2017-2021 Enabling Masterplan 3 (EMP3) Steering Committee where he helped develop a multi-year / multi-faceted plan to improve the quality of life of persons with disabilities. He currently volunteers as part of the EMP3 Workgroup on Employment, is a Vice President board member at the Singapore Association for the Deaf (SADeaf), the Board Member representative from SADeaf to the Singapore Disability Sports Council and part of the 2019 Purple Parade planning committee. He has previously served as a Board Member for the Children’s Charity Association of Singapore, was a Working Group member for the UNCRPD Parallel Report, and invited to speak as a panel member at the 2018 ASEAN Summit on Social Welfare and Development.

 

Professionally, Mr. Tseng works in the digital and technology industry for over 13 years. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Honors from Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. Mr. Tseng is born in the United States, raised in Canada, with a native heritage from Taiwan and living in Singapore for 9.5+ years as a Permanent Resident where he now calls home.