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The Milestones of August 2020 for Philippine Golf

And just like that, we are already into the -Ber months of the year.  Before we look towards the last four months of 2020, allow us at Play It Right to look back at three major milestones which made this August an eventful month for Philippine golf.

First, we launched the Philippines' first fully digital Golf Magazine!  Yes, this is it, PlayItRight.Golf aces this one with breakneck speed of 14-days to set up the entire magazine and forum, launching on August 15.

Second, we were witness to Yuka Saso's victories in the Japan LPGA making us cheer enough to negate the somber spirits brought by the pandemic.  Apart from her mid-August win which has made her the most successful Filipino teenage athlete, she added another win last August 30.

But the main milestone we would like to zoom in on is the passing on Second Reading of House Bill 5770 sponsored by Cong. Michael B. Gorriceta of Iloilo's 2nd Congressional District.  The bill aims to declare 2020 as National Golf Tourism year! It’s a giant step to promote the Philippines as a premiere golf tourism destination!

It was passed through a Zoom meeting held on August 26, 2020, and chaired by Rep. Sol Aragones who heads the House of Representatives Committee on Tourism.

The next step for it would be the plenary session and it’s just a simple show of hands of the majority.  As 2020 is almost over, the committee agreed to adjust the year in the bill considering the pandemic has caused a worldwide lockdown and that it may take some time before normal tourism activity may resume.  2022 may be a good year for National Golf Tourism Year!

Thus, despite the effects of the pandemic, there are still silver linings as we know them.