DESPITE the rain, the first-ever SpoGomi Philippine qualifiers were held at the Baseco Beachfront Park on Saturday.
Seventeen groups participated in the trash-picking sport, which originated in Japan in 2008 as a way to reduce coastal litter.
Spogomi means “Sports” and “Trash” in Japanese and is organized worldwide by The Nippon Foundation and locally by Ambox Events.
The event was graced by Edmund Tayao, National Coast Watch Secretariat executive director and undersecretary, who likened the competition to Japanese reality show “Takeshi's Castle.”
“We have to credit Japan for opening our eyes, making this activity not just a sport but something that would contribute to awareness,” Tayao said in his opening remarks.
In an interview with The Manila Times, Tayao added that competitions such as Spogomi matter as it gives significance to coastal cleanups.
“Spogomi is an event that will give beauty and will inspire many young people as it is not just about cleanup, but it is about (coastal) management,” Tayao added.
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