May 29, 2019. It was 30 minutes past seven o’clock in the morning when BluPrint arrived at the makeshift entrance gate of the National Government Administrative Center (NGAC). Looming over the makeshift guardhouse to our right was the colossal metal and concrete Aquatic Center. To our left, a large black signboard posted the number “94” in meter-high, bold white fonts. Underneath the number is written: “Days left to August 31, 2019.”
The signboard means that the P5-billion New Clark City Sports Complex will be turned over two months ahead of the original date in October. The early turnover gives the Philippine hosts three full months to test and prep the facilities before the 30th Southeast Asian Games takes place from November 30 to December 10.