By majority consensus, Manila has emerged as the preferred location for this yearfs Australian Rules Asian Championships. For a variety of reasons, not the least of which is to avoid the wet monsoons, the date chosen is Saturday 10th September.
The Philippine Australian Football League (PAFL) is not yet one year old, but it is a fast growing baby organised by Australian expatriates resident in Manila. PAFL has two teams, the Vics and the Dingoes, who compete against each other every Saturday from May to August. At the end of the home series, the premier is declared without any grand final.
For international representation, players from the Vics and Dingoes are selected for the Philippine Eagles team and last year the Hong Kong Dragons, 2004 Asian Champions, were the first visitors to Manila to participate in a hard fought match against the Philippine Eagles at the Manila Polo Club.
PAFL proposes a similar competitive carnival of more grandiose proportions for the hosting of this yearfs Asian Championships. PAFL boasts an active and hard working Committee that shall give its all to ensure the success of this major event.
Visas for the Philippines and valid Passports:
Nationals from 141 countries are allowed to enter the Philippines without visas for a stay not exceeding twenty-one (21) days, provided they hold valid tickets for their return journey to their port of origin or next port of destination. Department regulations require that passports are valid for a period of not less than six (6) months beyond the contemplated period of stay.
These 141 countries include Australia, Brunei, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, U.K., U.S.A. and Vietnam, but not China, India, Korea and Taiwan.
For nationals of the Peoplefs Republic of China, including its Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions:
Chinese nationals, holding Peoplefs Republic of China passports, Hong Kong Special Administrative region passports, Certificates of Identities, and Documents of Identities, Macao Special Administrative Region passports and Travel Permits who are members of tour groups with a minimum of three (3) members may apply for a tour group visa with an authorised maximum period of stay of fifty-nine (59) days, from any Philippine Foreign Service Post in China, including the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong SAR.
The Asian Championships 2005 will be played at the pristine ovals of the Manila Polo Club, an exclusive proprietary family membership club in the heart of Makati City – the prime business and residential area in Manila. The Manila Polo Club has 25 hectares of property maintained in excellent condition. The main polo field has an area greater than four football ovals and half of this total facility has been reserved for the Asian Championships.
It is proposed, subject to numbers participating, that there shall be two groups of teams simultaneously playing mini-premierships until mid-afternoon. After a pause, the winners of each group shall play in the final match of the day to determine the Asian Champion 2005.
Facilities available for guests, whilst at the Manila Polo Club, include swimming pools for spouses, partners and children. The club boasts one 50 metre pool, one 25 metre pool and three childrenfs pools (supervised).
Transportation by bus will be provided from the hotel (Oxford Suites) to the club in the morning and from the club to the hotel in the afternoon after the match and prize giving ceremony and later in the evening.
Transportation from the airport is via a taxi voucher system, procurable in Pesos, opposite the exit doors of the arrivals terminal. Transportation to the airport will be by bus from the hotel or by taxi. Please note that taxi fares are additional costs not covered by team fees or individual fees.
Accommodation has been reserved at the Oxford Suites in Makati. This property is a 27 storey boutique hotel surrounded by international corporations and innumerable good restaurants. It is close to Glorietta and Rockwell shopping centres. This is in a convenient location and was used last year when the Hong Kong Dragons visited Manila.
Each person shall have single occupancy of an executive suite of 36 sq. metres, with provision for family accommodation for those who wish to bring family members or friends. A small supplement will be charged for larger suites (40 and 50 sq. metres respectively) where family accommodation is required. Up to two children, 12 years and below, can be accommodated with parents free of any charges.
In accordance with previous Asian Championships each participating team will be required to pay a fee, set for 2005 at $US 400.00, irrespective of the number of persons in that team. If sponsorship exceeds expectations, this fee can be reduced.
Where two or more countries have less than a team and combine to form a team, the team fee is payable only once for each team, not for each country participating.
Each person from overseas can expect to be levied the equivalent of $US 150.00 for the weekend. Individual fees are indicative only.
Individual fees cover the costs of:
Two consecutive nightsf accommodation
Transport to and from the Manila Polo Club
Drinks from 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m. – drinks are limited to bottled water, assorted coke and 7-up and similar, Gatorade, beers and Hardyfs wines. Spirits and cocktails are excluded.
BBQ after the presentations to the champions.
PAFL shall ensure that all overseas visitors shall obtain maximum benefit for the least cost.
In May 2005 a detailed prospectus shall follow this events document. The prospectus shall contain team registration documents and details of submission dates and deadlines, as well as a description of all the components of the Asian Championships.
Accompanying this events document is an invitation from the President for all Asian teams to lodge an expression of interest (non-binding) to participate in this yearfs event. Expressions of interest must be received in Manila no later than midnight on 25th April 2005.