30th SEA Games Opening Ceremonies showcase of Filipino arts, culture and sports

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The 2019 Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) Opening Ceremonies on November 30 at the Philippine Arena has been teased as a showcase of Filipino arts and culture. World-class Filipino talents are expected to shine on the Philippines’ stage with the finest singers such as international singing sensation Apl.de.ap of Black Eyed Peas, the TNT Boys and Asia’s Nightingale, Lani Misalucha. WCOPA Grand Champion Jed Madela, musical theater actors Robert Sena and Aicelle Santos, Anna Fegi, and Asia’s Romantic Balladeer Christian Bautista will be joined by Inigo Pascual, KZ Tandingan, and Elmo Magalona. Pinay beauty queens who brought crowns to the Philippines from their respective international pageants will also take part in the grand opening as the muses of the athletes from the participating Southeast Asian countries.



The roar of anticipation began even before Team Philippines stepped into the limelight for the parade of nations. And it built into a crescendo as the country’s representatives to the 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) finally took the floor in front of an appreciative crowd and a mildly dancing President Rodrigo Duterte. If the opening ceremony on Saturday at Philippine Arena in Bulacan was meant to change the initial negative perception of the country’s hosting of the biennial meet, it certainly succeeded in doing so. The 2019 Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) Opening Ceremonies on November 30 at the Philippine Arena has been teased as a showcase of Filipino arts and culture. World-class Filipino talents are expected to shine on the Philippines’ stage with the finest singers such as international singing sensation Apl.de.ap of Black Eyed Peas, the TNT Boys and Asia’s Nightingale, Lani Misalucha. WCOPA Grand Champion Jed Madela, musical theater actors Robert Sena and Aicelle Santos, Anna Fegi, and Asia’s Romantic Balladeer Christian Bautista will be joined by Inigo Pascual, KZ Tandingan, and Elmo Magalona. Pinay beauty queens who brought crowns to the Philippines from their respective international pageants will also take part in the grand opening as the muses of the athletes from the participating Southeast Asian countries.

Celebrity apl.de.ap had audiences dancing and singing along, Manny Pacquiao lit the cauldron in what was a preshot sequence and the national athletes basked in the love of an adoring throng while snaking their way through centerstage. “I declare open the Southeast Asian Games for the 30th time … mabuhay kayong lahat,” the President said amid cheers from tens of thousands of spectators who queued at the gates as early as 3:30 p.m. and filled the 55,000-seater venue to witness the ceremony. “[W]e love our Southeast Asian brothers and sisters and through that love, we pray as one, we build as one, we work as one and we win as one,” said Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, the chair of the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee, in his welcome speech. “Now, more than ever, I’m so proud to be a Filipino,” added Rep. Bambol Tolentino, Philippine Olympic Committee president. “The opening ceremony has gotten me so pumped for competition,” said jiujitsu star Meggie Ochoa, a gold medal favorite. “It’s all just very inspiring and motivating and I am very much looking forward to fighting my heart out for the flag.” From foreign athletes flashing wide grins while capturing the spectacle unfolding before them to spectators clad in outfits splashed with the national colors, it was clear organizers won a lot of hearts.

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