If you visited the Queenstown Events Centre on Sunday you
would be forgiven for thinking you had left the resort's cold
start to winter behind for the Philippines.
The centre hosted about 150 Filipinos who were competing in
the annual South Island sports tournament and another 50
family members of the athletes were estimated to have
travelled to the resort.
Queenstown hosted the event which is usually held in
Queenstown Association of Migrant Pinoys Inc (QAMPI)
president Ghani Ayo explained that basketball ''is the main
sport for Filipinos'' and the final game, which was still to
be played when the Queenstown Times spoke to him, would be
hotly contested and watched by many.
The Filipino community in the resort numbered about 200 but
''only about 20%'' were participating in the sports
Other athletes came from Christchurch, Invercargill, Dunedin,
Balclutha, Ashburton, Timaru and Gore.
Mr Ayo said the tournament, which was held at Wakatipu High
School on Saturday before moving to the events centre on
Sunday, allowed Filipinos to come together from different
areas, compete and make new friends.
The event was supported by the Queenstown Lakes District