Held for the first time ever in the Philippines, The Straits Games 2013 Manila will see sports enthusiasts and social butterflies from across eight countries and all colors of the LGBT rainbow converging in the friendly metro capital of Manila.
Their goal: To win in six team and individual sports, get to know each other in sweaty camaraderie, and just let loose in the swanky after parties capping off the three-day games.
The Straits Games: A HistoryThe Straits Games traces its roots as a friendly sports event between two organizations – the Leadership Programme Graduates of Malaysia and Men After Work of Singapore back in 2002.
Its name was inspired by the Straits of Malacca, a stretch of water and strategic shipping lane just off the coast of Malay Peninsula where both Malaysia and Singapore are located.
But what started as a bi-nation collaboration has expanded into a regional sports and socialization event.
For the 2013 Manila version, participants will hail from eight Asia Pacific countries – Malaysia and Singapore, plus Thailand, China, Hong Kong, Japan, United States and Philippines.
It's more fun in the Philippines
Having produced the likes of Bowlibining Pilipinas, Ms. U Bowling Pageant, Billiardbining Pilipinas, and Volleybining Pilipinas at Puerto Galera – the Manila organizers plan to tap into the trademark Filipino flair for hospitality to make the annual games exceptionally cozy and welcoming.
Schedule of activities and games formatsFor the Straits Games 2013 Manila, attendees will compete across six events: volleyball, badminton, bowling, tennis, billiards and swimming.
Based on previous attendance, more than 100 competitors are expected to sign up and participate not only in the sporting events, but also in the social activities such as the welcome party, tours, gala dinner and club parties.
See the full program schedule and game formats below:
Schedule updated as of 15 October