CLARK FREEPORT -- The Malaysian government is set to turn over the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games torch and flame to the Philippines on October 3.
The turnover ceremonies at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala, Lumpur, will be highlighted by the lighting of the Philippine lantern signaling the countdown to the opening of the games on November 30 at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan.
Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) ceremonies and cultural events department is organizing the ceremony that is part of a series of events highlighting the symbolism of the SEA Games torch and flame.
Officials from Team Philippines led by chef de mission chairman Butch Ramirez, PHISGOC chairman and House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and the Philippine Olympic Committee president Representative Bambol Tolentino will formally receive the hosting role from previous host, represented by the Malaysian Olympic Committee.
Aside from Ramirez, who is also chairman of the Philippine Sports Commission, are his commissioners and assistant CDMs Celia Kiram and Arnold Agustin.
Meanwhile, Tolentino will be accompanied by POC chairman Steven Hontiveros and secretary-general lawyer Ed Gastanes.
"The flame handover is an important symbolic ceremony showing the turnover of responsibilities from past host to present," PHISGOC ceremonies director Mike Aguilar said.
Aguilar said torch run activities will also be held in various parts of the country, including Davao, Cebu, Clark and at the Senate, Congress and Malacañang in Manila.
The official torch for the 30th SEA Games portray the national symbols of the Philippines.
The torch, symbolizing unity and celebrating a common message of sportsmanship, athletic superiority and artistic achievements, was designed by the country’s foremost metal sculptor, Daniel dela Cruz.
His torch design for the 30th SEA Games is inspired by and is a stylized interpretation of our Philippine national flower - the sampaguita, symbolizing purity, simplicity, humility and strength.
At least 11 nations including Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste and Vietnam, will see action on November 30 to December 11 in the games’ 56 sports spread out over four main venues in Clark, Subic, Manila and Tagaytay.
The 30th SEA Games hosting is supported by: Platinum sponsors - Ajinomoto, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, MG Cars, Philippine Airlines, Skyworth and CooCaa. Gold Sponsors- MasterCard, Milo, Pocari Sweat, North Luzon Expressway, PInco and Rzaer; Preferred partners Asics, SM Lifestyle Inc. and BMW. Prestige partners Molten and Mikasa; and banking partners including Chinabank and PNB. Media partners including Bombo Radyo, Star FM and the Inquirer Group, CNN, United Neon and DOOH. Host Broadcaster- NEP. Official Broadcaster- Sports and Action, TV 5, Cignal, ESPN and PTV 4.