The celebration of sporting talent is one that the Philippines is big with. Pinoy pride is huge at any international or regional event that shows off the potential of the Filipino spirit. The 2019 SEA Games is in its 30th year now and this season, it will be held in the Philippines with the country competing in various sports. Malaysia who hosted last year’s SEA Games handed the responsibility to the Philippines at the ceremony last October 3rd at the Bukit Jalil Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
When asked about he flame turnover, the Philippine Sports Commissioner Chairman, William “Butch” Ramirez only had to pride in his sentiment. “Malaysia hosted one of the best SEAG editions, and we will do our best and try to be at par with them in hosting these Games. As the host of the 30th edition of the SEA Games, we gladly receive this flame for the Philippines from the previous host Malaysia.” Ramirez adds.
Despite the many sporting competitions that Southeast Asian countries are going head to head for, one that everyone is looking forward to is the country’s hand at the football tournament. The Philippines will be playing in Group A alongside Malaysia, Myanmar, Cambodia, and Timor Leste this coming November 26th, which will end on December 9th. Group B will be led by defending champions Thailand, with Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos, Singapore, and Brunei who will follow suit.
Women’s football tournaments will have the Philippine women’s football team playing Group A alongside Myanmar and Malaysia, while Group B fixtures will bring forth defending champions, Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia chasing goals.
Bringing Nations Together in Sports
The 30th Annual SEA Games is an opportunity for Southeast Asian nations to showcase the best of their sporting capabilities. It’s also a great way to unify people and make sports a celebration of what bodies can do, as well as what nations can do as a team when unified with one goal. Indeed, it’s a sporting event one cannot miss when in the Philippines.