Report: Congressman wants Cebu to host a leg of Formula 1


Formula 1 in Cebu?

According to the Sun.Star newspaper, Rep. Tomas Osmeņa, a congressman from the second district of Cebu, has made known his intent to have a Formula 1 race in Cordova, Cebu. The paper wrote that the politician has already "shared the idea with some investors." This came in the wake of Osmeņa's proposal to move the Mactan International Airport to Cordova, which expectedly found much resistance.

Part of Osmeņa's plan is to build hotels, condominiums and shops around the F1 circuit.

"This could rival the Sinulog," the congressman was quoted by the paper as saying.

The newspaper also added that Osmeņa "doesn't mind being labeled 'crazy' for his big ideas."

Indeed, when we shared the news on our Facebook page, some people emphatically said: "Dream on."

"(F1 circuit designer) Hermann Tilke flew into the country to assess the possibility of creating an F1 racetrack," Elbert Cuenca pointed out. "That plan was shelved, to think it was Ramon Ang who was involved in the project. Osmeņa has no idea of what it takes. For starters, he doesn't know he has to sell his soul to Formula 1 Supremo Bernie Ecclestone."

Well, as for us, we're all for anything that will put us on the map of international motorsports. And now may be a good time to discuss the possibility of holding an F1 race in the Philippines--whether in Cebu or somewhere else--after Filipino-Swiss racer Marlon Stockinger announced that he had been given a rare opportunity to drive Lotus F1's car.

What do you think?

Photo from Jojo Chua's Facebook page


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  • kit_mmc Mar 03 2013 @ 06:43pm
    For me as an enthusiast & a dreamer to be part of the motorsport world, this dream is a big step for us. Why? The racing athletes here in the Philippines only lacks equipments which would help them develop their skills. That's why having these facilities would help our economy & our people in opening up & standing up in a new world of sports, motorsports. :)
  • lanjohn82 Mar 03 2013 @ 07:17pm
    Politics aside, I admire the proposal. But i think it will be hard to fit another sched for cebu with russia and new jersey reported as new hosts by 2014 . Bangkok too already has a high chance of hosting one come 2015, add to that the regulars in our region(sepang&sg). Its a long shot for osmena
  • markdejesus76 Mar 03 2013 @ 07:23pm
    This is GOOD for the country. If Filipinos just realized how big Formula 1 is and how big time F1 fans are, we really are to benefit if this comes true. Tourism will boom and car industry will grow. Take
  • HaulerBoy Mar 03 2013 @ 08:34pm
    The idea is OK for me actually. More tourist will come to the country. It's more fun in the Philippines.It could contribute to a big leap in Philippine economy because more investors will come.
  • lomo13 Mar 03 2013 @ 09:23pm
    one step at a time... V8 supercars is already coming over diba? there's other events we can target first.
  • GotToRead Mar 03 2013 @ 09:43pm
    We new ideas come they'll brand you crazy....
  • bravobosing Mar 03 2013 @ 10:47pm
    it might be a long fetched idea for now...but at least someone has that idea. an F1 track is quite grand, so even an F3 circuit is okay for us, or even a stock car circuit...
  • warak1422 Mar 04 2013 @ 01:48am
    bawu nimo Tomas unsaon gud pag butang ug F1 Circuit dha sa Cordova??? pagshure dong uy...taka lang ka da...
    • gvm0116 Mar 04 2013 @ 08:18pm
      Tubagon ka ni Tomas na warak1422, kabalo man ka nga naay SRP tungod nako, diba? Ingon ana ang mahitabo, shure ko dong. hehehe
      • warak1422 Mar 04 2013 @ 09:31pm
        haha so ang F1 Circuit ma pareha sa SRP bay??? hehe hilig jud ug reclamation ni c Tomas dah hahaha
        • gvm0116 Mar 04 2013 @ 09:42pm
          Cge na lang, bai, tan-awon nato kung asa kutob ni iyang ambisyon. Kung mahinayon, maayo kaayo, kung di, well...
  • DePendot Mar 04 2013 @ 09:54am
    Sana private persons and mag initiate nito like MVP. kasi kung gov e parang t*ng* kasi andaming nagugutom na pinoy uunahin pa ba toh.
  • snoid_zero Mar 04 2013 @ 10:47am
    “If at first, the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it”...Albert Einstein
    • snoid_zero Mar 04 2013 @ 10:57am
      If at first, the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it...Albert Einstein
  • dertfx Mar 04 2013 @ 11:00am
    tomas might be thinking he's a ain't a dream but rather a DELUSION OF GRANDEUR!!!
  • lantraluvr Mar 04 2013 @ 06:02pm
    A race track in Cebu would be nice. Doesn't have to be F1-standard, just like BRC and CIS should be good enough for the Cebuano racers.

    (I'm not Cebuano at all. But I've seen a Cebuano racing team kick the butts of the slalom fraternity about a year ago. They're fast.)
  • myas110 Mar 04 2013 @ 06:03pm
    why not in Clark instead? malawak ang lupain doon
  • mindkinetic Mar 04 2013 @ 08:31pm
    evrerything starts as an idea. if this will come to fruition it will be good for everybody .
    • warak1422 Mar 04 2013 @ 09:33pm
      sa transcentral highway na lang bay 2tal off limits mn ang mga PUV didto hehe... kung mahitabo na apil judko bahalag water boy lang hehe
  • nestortinam Mar 05 2013 @ 06:55am
    If Ramon Ang and MVP joined together kaya iyan.
  • Radenbach Mar 08 2013 @ 04:25pm
    this should not be totally state sponsored, i strongly agree with dependot.
    the only government share if that idea would happen is incentives to organizers tax and stuff.
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