The long wait is over! The 30th SEA Games officially opened with grandiose and world-class performances.
The 2019 Southeast Asian Games officially opened with a stunning opening ceremony at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan on Saturday, November 30.
Not everyone may have watched the ceremonies live in the arena but spectators surely made their voices heard on social media as #SEAGames2019 and #30thSEAGames lorded over the Twitter trending topics in the Philippines and worldwide.
With the pageantry and grandiose of the opening ceremonies, the Philippine national athletes for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games couldn’t help but be inspired ahead of their matches in the regional event.
Our very own, boxing champ Manny Pacquiao led the lighting of the cauldron that happened in Capas Tarlac. He seen holding the torch.
Pacquiao, in a white tracksuit bearing the logo of the SEA Games, ran through the middle of a crowd of fans toward the cauldron where Women’s World Boxing Champion Nesthy Petecio was waiting.
After briefly passing the torch to Petecio, the duo then lit the cauldron together, triggering a grand fireworks display.
The cauldron would be kept lit throughout the whole event of the SEA Games.
Meanwhile, several artists including Robert Seña, KZ Tandingan, Apl.de.ap, Lani Misalucha, and Aicelle Santos performed in front of thousands of athletes from all 11 participating nations at the Philippine Arena.
The show’s director, Filipino writer Floy Quintos, earlier shared a photo on Facebook of hundreds of performers in colorful costumes on stage.
“Yes, the show is a spectacle,” wrote the award-winning playwright, adding the image showed a people “united.”
“And the power of spectacle is one that has been used, worldwide by the powerful to further agendas. But it is in the hands of the spectacle’s creators to patch together some meaning, some cohesion, some message that goes beyond the political.”
From world-class performances to impressive stage design and production, netizens tweeted praises and cheers as Filipinos shared their thoughts on the opening ceremonies this year.
This is the fourth time the Philippines is hosting the SEA Games and the last time it welcomed national athletes from its geopolitical neighbors was back in 2005 when it became the overall champion with 112 gold medals.
It was definitely a proud moment for Filipinos.