SUBIC BAY FREEPORT - Subic is being eyed by an international publication to become Asia's premier airsoft gaming destination.
Popular Airsoft, an online airsoft publication based in the United Kingdom, is looking at Subic to be the venue of the First Philippine International Airsoft Fiesta, an event envisioned to put the Philippines, particularly Subic, at a premier place in the international airsoft community.
The Airsoft Fiesta, which is scheduled for the first quarter of 2015, is also seen to complement the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival held annually in the nearby Pampanga province.
Airsoft is a modern combat sport similar to paintball but gives players a more realistic war gaming experience.
Victor Serafica, publisher and editor of Popular Airsoft, said that they have been in talks with the Subic Clark Development Council since 2010 regarding the possibility of developing airsoft tourism in the country.
"We intend to attract hundreds of enthusiasts to take part in this event, with players coming in from Asia, Middle East, Europe and the Americas," he said.
Some of the proposed events for the Airsoft Fiesta are military simulation, team and individual competitions, airsoft trade show, and static display of weapons from the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police.
Locations within the Subic Bay Freeport such as JEST Camp, Grande Island, Naval Magazine bunkers and the jungle area are being eyed as possible venues for the Airsoft Fiesta activities.
Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) chairman Roberto Garcia said that the Subic agency welcomes this opportunity and that the locations preferred by the organizers are available for such activities.
SBMA has long been promoting Subic as a sports destination and has hosted several international sporting events. Subic has always been a top choice for sports tourism due to its well-preserved natural environment and world-class facilities. (30)