Classes, gov’t work in Metro Manila, Bulacan suspended on FIBA World Cup opening day

The Philippines is showing strong support for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 by suspending classes in public schools at all levels and government work in Metro Manila and Bulacan on August 25, the opening day of the tournament.
Philippines Shows Strong Support for FIBA World Cup 2023

The Philippines is showing strong support for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 by suspending classes in public schools at all levels and government work in Metro Manila and Bulacan on August 25, the opening day of the tournament.

This move is aimed at supporting the Philippine Sports Commission in creating a safe and orderly environment for the opening ceremonies. It also demonstrates the Philippines’ commitment to sportsmanship, international camaraderie, and creating an unforgettable experience for basketball enthusiasts.

Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin signed Memorandum Circular 27, underscoring the significance of this suspension. The circular emphasizes that the decision is a vital step towards assisting the Philippine Sports Commission in its efforts to ensure the smooth and successful conduct of the FIBA Basketball World Cup’s opening ceremony.

While government agencies responsible for essential services, disaster preparedness and response, and other critical functions will continue their operations, the broader suspension of classes and government work underscores the nation’s collective enthusiasm for the FIBA event.
Interestingly, private companies and schools have been granted the discretion to decide whether to suspend work and classes. This flexibility acknowledges the unique circumstances and priorities of different institutions while still encouraging widespread participation in the FIBA festivities.

The Philippines, along with Japan and Indonesia, is hosting the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup—a true testament to the country’s growing influence and passion for basketball. Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas President Al Panlilio’s confidence in breaking the FIBA attendance record speaks volumes about the country’s fervor for the sport. The aim is to surpass the previous record of 32,616 attendees set during the 1994 FIBA World Cup Championship finals in Toronto, Canada, where Team USA faced off against Russia.

The opening ceremony will take place at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan, which is an impressive architectural feat and the biggest indoor arena globally. It can seat more than 50,000 people, and it is sure to generate an electrifying ambiance as basketball enthusiasts from all parts of the country come to witness this historic event.

August 25 promises to be a day of excitement, unity, and unwavering support for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023.

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