2019 SEA Games kicks off with memorable welcome festivities
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 30, 2019 10:00 PM
A festive atmosphere welcomed the athletes and officials of the participating nations as the 30th Southeast Asian Games formally opened Saturday. (Josh Albelda)
The Philippines welcomed the athletes, officials and delegates from the participating countries in the 30th Southeast Asian Games with a festive atmosphere during the lavish opening ceremony Saturday.
A world-class presentation featuring the Filipino culture and heritage with performances from the country’s most talented performers highlighted the event inside the 55,000-seater Philippine Arena to officially kickoff the region’s biennial sports meet.
Flag-bearers Margielyn Didal, Meggie Ochoa, EJ Obiena, Eumir Felix Marcial and Kiyomi Watanabe led Team Philippines during the traditional parade of participating athletes while Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach served as muse of the host nation.
President Rodrigo Duterte officially declared the SEA Games open.
House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, who is also the head of the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee, said in his speech that, ‘In Southeast Asian we are passionate, we are ready to make sacrifices, we are disciplined, we are believers of teamwork and we firmly believe that everyone deserves our respect.”
Lani Misalucha led the singing of the Philippine national anthem followed by a five-part production number with performances from musical artists like Apl.de.Ap, Aicelle Santos, Robert Sena, Christian Bautista, KZ Tandingan, Elmo Magalona, Inigo Pascual, the TNT Boys and Ana Fegi.
The Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group's performance ranged from traditional and cultural dances of the Philippines to modern Filipino pop culture.