The 30th edition of the Biennial SEA Games opened formally yesterday. Although it started with so many snafus coupled with fake news, the official opening ceremony went well at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. The SEA Games was officially declared open by President Rodrigo Duterte.
This was the first time that the opening ceremony of the SEA Games was held indoors in the world’s largest indoor arena with a seating capacity of 55,000.
The opening ceremony also showcased different cultural heritages from Mindanao, Visayas, and Luzon.
The 30th SEA Games were originally awarded to Brunei in 2012 but due to “financial and logistical reasons”, the hosting was agreed upon by the Philippines in July 2015. Brunei pulled out days before the 2015 Southeast Asian Games.
This Biennial regional multi-sport event has a motto of “We Win As One”. With 11 countries participating and 5,630 athletes participating, it has 530 events in 56 sports including 63 disciplines.