PASAY CITY, Philippines – A world-class entertainment was showcased by the Filipino entertainers and the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PHILSGOC) to officially open the 30th Southeast Asian Games at the jampacked Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.
There were no long speeches, especially from President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, instead, a short and concise declaration of games opening was prepared by the outspoken president. This is contrary to the usually lengthy talks delivered by Duterte in opening ceremonies of athletic competition where he was invited to grace.
Even the speeches of PHILSGOC chairman and Speaker of the House of Representatives Allan Peter Cayetano and Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Abraham Tolentino were direct to the point – both concluding to the theme of the games “We Win As One.”
“We put our fate into your hands but we (also) put our fates into actions. We owe it to our athletes. We see strength on them. We see wisdom and our future. Most especially we see discipline and determination, endurance and perseverance. Everything that is what we need to build a better world,” Cayetano said.
According to Tolentino, the SEA Games preparations is a daunting and challenging task.
“The more than one year of preparations are daunting and challenging. But it is also a defining moment of the Philippines as we showcase to the world the things that we can do. This is the best and the biggest SEA Games and we would like to give our gratitude to our President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for this making this hosting possible,” Tolentino said.
The opening rites went as promised – a world-class and truly inspiring, and fast-paced.
There was no dragging moment, from the Philippine National Anthem which was sung by Lani Misalucha followed by the parade of athletes to the final song, the Ryan Cayabyab’s “We Win As One” performed by Aicelle Santos, Christian Bautista, Lani Misalucha, Iñigo Pascual, Elmo Magalona, KZ Tandingan, Jed Madela, Anna Fegi and Apl.d.Ap, everything’s a pleasure to both the eyes and ears.
The fireworks that include the lighting of the cauldron by boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao and Amateur Boxing gold medallist Nesthy Petecio was perfectly awesome, leaving every Filipino proud of hosting the 56-events games.
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