Articles worth reading

Metro Manila News

Opening ceremonies of 30th Southeast Asian Games

Philippine Arena hosts grand opening ceremony of 30th Southeast Asian Games 

account_balanceMetro Manila chat_bubble_outline0 Comments

The Philippine Southeast Asian Games Committee (PHISGOC) led the grand Southeast Asian Games opening ceremony on November 30 at Philippine Arena.

Some of the country's brightest stars converged in the curtain-raiser that featured performances celebrating Filipino roots and culture to the delight of an electric crowd at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan.

Black Eyed Peas' Apl.de.ap, who has Filipino roots and was born in Pampanga, headlined the pool of artists who gave the fans their money's worth as he performed one of the band's hit songs, "Bebot," which is about Filipino pride.

Apl.de.ap joined the Philippines' bests - such as Lani Misalucha, Anna Fegi, Jed Madela, Christian Bautista, and KZ Tandjngan - in singing this year's theme song, "We Win As One" to cap off the event.

Other artists who serenaded the crowd were Inigo Pascual, Elmo Magalona, and the TNT Boys.

As the aforementioned artists sang with passion, Senator Manny Pacquiao and world champion female boxer Neshty Petecio lighting the controversial cauldron over at the New Clark City was shown on the LED screen inside the arena in a pre-taped segment.

According to PHISGOC, Pacquiao was unavailable to perform the ceremony live as he had to fly home to Gen. Santos City to attend to pressing matters.

Saturday's festivities made up for the logistical issues, controversial P55-million cauldron, among others, that marred the early days of the conclave among the best athletes from the 11 participating nations.

The month of May is over 180 days away but the visitors enjoyed the "Santacruzan" feel with the country's beauty queens leading the way in the parade of athletes.

During the parade, spectators showed signature Filipino hospitality as they welcomed the delegates with cheers and warm applause as they marched towards their respective seats.

The home crowd saved their loudest cheers for the Philippine contingent accompanied by 2016 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach, giving the Filipino athletes a standing ovation.

As the Philippine delegation entered, fans sang and danced to the tune of Hotdog's hit "Manila" with President Rodrigo Duterte seemingly enjoying the show from his seat in the VIP section.

In a symbolic event in between performances, Philippine sports legends Lydia de Vega-Mercado, Akiko Thomson-Guevarra, Eric Buhain, Alvin Patrimonio, Bong Coo, Efren "Bata" Reyes, Onyok Velasco and Paeng Nepumoceno carried the SEA Games federation flag.

Phisgoc chair and House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, who has taken all the heat for the mishaps in the days leading up to the opener, spoke briefly.

"We look at these young people and we see our own future. In them we see passion, sacrifice, discipline, teamwork, and respect: Everything we need to build a better world," Cayetano said.

"With the unwavering support of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, we are now putting in the best and biggest SEA Games in history," said Philippine Olympic Committee chair Abraham Tolentino.

date_rangeDate Published
1 week ago
shareShare article
folder_openArticle tags
content_copyCategorized under

Share your thoughts with us

Related Articles

Farmers Market

Inflation rises slightly to 1.3%

account_balanceMetro Manila chrome_reader_mode5 days ago

Inflation rate slightly picked up to 1.3 percent in November from a 42-month low of 0.7 percent in October, but the government said it is not a cause for concern/ Headline inflation slightly inched up after a five-month slowdown in price i...

GSIS

GSIS releases P3b as Christmas gift to pensioners

account_balanceMetro Manila chrome_reader_mode2 days ago

The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) will release P3.12 billion in Christmas cash gift to old-age and disability pensioners starting December 15. "We know that our 324,348 pensioners are looking forward to the GSIS Christmas Cash Gift...

Senate okays night differential pay for gov’t workers

account_balanceMetro Manila chrome_reader_mode2 days ago

The Senate has passed on final reading a bill seeking to grant night shift differential to government employees. Senate Bill 643 was approved with 20 votes from the senators. Under the proposed measure, government employees, including those in...

Munti robotics fair

Colegio de Muntinlupa holds robotics fair

account_balanceMuntinlupa chrome_reader_mode12 hours ago

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi visited booths and learns robotics projects from student-innovators at the 2nd Robotics Fair of Colegio de Muntinlupa, Sucat. CDM hosted this year’s division fair, in partnership with Department of Science and Te...

Mayor Francisco

Cyberdyne robots go to Manila

account_balanceManila chrome_reader_mode5 days ago

Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso and Vice Mayor Maria Sheilah "Honey" Lacuna-Pangan met with the representatives of Cyberdyne, a company specialized in utilizing robotics for patients with neurological disorders. Cyber...

Wounded soldiers receives gifts

account_balanceMetro Manila chrome_reader_mode12 hours ago

National Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana personally distributed gifts to the wounded Philippine Army personnel on December 10 at Army General Hospital. The activity was part of the Department of National Defense’s Christmas tra...

Advertisement