LONDON — The Philippine Embassy here hosted a dinner for Team Philippines before the start of the Games. It was a relatively small gathering, but a typical Filipino one, with food, drink, a lot of happy faces and a lot of Kodak-an.
One of the best parts of the dinner was that one of the much-talked-about “It’s More Fun in The Philippines!” double-decker buses was parked right outside the embassy — a total photo op that even I couldn’t resist.
Speaking of the athletes, here’s a glimpse at the Athlete’s Village inside the Olympic Park. We’re talking about 11 residential plots, with 2,818 apartments and townhouses to house up to 16,000 athletes and officials for both the Olympics and Paralympics. The units look pretty cozy, with balconies and amenities that are practically hotel-like. And yes, it is within these walls that those 150,000 condoms will be distributed.
These photos only go as far as the Plaza, because media isn’t allowed within the residences, for security reasons. And it is quite a secure facility, from all the airport-like processes one has to go through before making it to the Plaza, with scanners, detectors and x-rays, again, adminstered by the Marines. The residences are another story.
After the Games, these apartments will become 2,800 new homes for East London residents, with planned construction for new parks, open spaces, transport links and community facilities including a school. Anyone looking for a flat?
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