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A world class Grand Opening Ceremony of the SEA Games 2019 is all set

Manila, Philippines - On the day before of the opening ceremonies of the 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games), almost all are ready for the region's largest sporting event, to be held this year in the Philippines.

According to the Philippine Sea Games Organizational Committee (PHISGOC), the public should expect a very beautiful opening ceremony at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan on Saturday.  This is the 4th time that the Philippines is host at the SEA Games.

Performers such as Apl De Ap and Lani Misalucha will perform at the SEA Games opening. President Rodrigo Duterte is also set to attend the official opening of the SEA Games.

The 11 countries that make up the region will compete in 56 games.

It is also the largest SEA Games with 530 sporting events held in Subic, Clark, Tarlac, Tagaytay, Batangas, and Metro Manila. Philippines aims to win 100 gold medal.

The participation of Olympians Hidilyn Diaz and EJ Obiena is also expected.  Also participating are gymnastics world champion Carlos Yulo and Asian Games skateboarding gold medalist Margielyn Didal.

In the meantime, some venues are ready to be used at sports such as the Subic Gym, which has been given extensive upgrades for the SEA Games.

But the Muay Thai platform for the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center, as well as the chess held at the Subic Bay Travelers Hotel, is being refurbished.

The boardwalk has also been set up where triathlon, duathlon, and modern pentathlon will be held.

Students will be given a free tickets to state universities near the Philippine Arena.

Non-ticketed sports such as lawn ball, golf, squash, floor ball, and shooting are open to the public.

There are no free tickets to sold-out games like basketball, volleyball and football.

According to PHISGOC chairman Alan Peter Cayetano, the free tickets given to the SEA Games is in accordance with President Duterte's order.  According to them, ticket holders will not be given a refund but will be given a good seat and free food.

PHISGOC admitted that they still have some problems to solve, such as the deployment of volunteers and the transfer of foreign media to gaming venues.

PHISGOC Chief Operating Officer Ramon Suzara says the problem is always here maybe small or big.  They always support problems through the national committee especially when it comes to concerns in the games guideline.  And they did everything they could.

Suzara also made sure that there was a contingency plan in the event in case of hurricane.


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