Speech at Kalaro Launch Event

In spirit, I want to extend my warmest greetings to every Filipino watching this momentous event in Philippine sports and tech. It is an honor to grace this occasion wherein the first and only Esports platform of its kind is being officially and publicly launched.

I speak before you today with so much pride on the meaningful gains that our Filipino youth continue to make in this industry.

For one, our country is at the forefront of an actual global phenomenon, as data shows that 43 to 49 million Filipinos are into gaming and e-sports, thereby comprising a significant chunk of the 54% of world gamers in the Asia Pacific. Not only that, we also take pride in knowing that a new high-tech software, akin to a one-stop-shop super app, has been invented and developed here in our country by no less than our very own.

Time and again, I have been very vocal in expressing my support to our science and technology sector, particularly in research and development, as this serves as a potent tool in fostering innovation towards nation-building and development.

Indeed, the achievements of KALARO are a testament to what our homegrown talents can achieve given the opportunity. Tunay na world-class ang mga Pinoy!

The long wait is over – as Filipino gamers’ long awaited organized, professional, legitimate, structured and secure online platform to engage via competitive tournaments have been created for us by KALARO. Imagine how powerful KALARO can be when we all fully support and maximize the power it has created for us Filipinos.

This also aids us in battling the ill effects of the global pandemic on our youths’ mental health. Platforms like KALARO are beneficial in allowing them to be socially connected, have fun, and engage 24/7 inside a secure and reliable platform.

Again, congratulations to the KALARO TEAM. Balita ko, ang logo ng KALARO is inspired by the colors of the Philippine flag, and the name itself of the app shows the team’s patriotism and pride of being “gawa ng Pinoy, para sa Pilipino.”

I hope someday, I will be able to sponsor an event or a tournament for our gamers.

I am with you in uplifting the quality of the gaming culture in the country to assist in the growth and advancement of our 43 million gamers and the Esports industry.

Maraming salamat po at makakaasa kayong lahat sa aking suporta. Mabuhay ang mga Filipino gamers at ang ating bansa!