SEA Games torch relay to begin in Davao, make stops at Batasan, Malacañang

Dennis Gasgonia, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 15 2019 10:08 PM

The ceremonial torch relay for the country’s hosting of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games will begin in President Duterte’s hometown of Davao.

Ramon Suzara, chief operating officer of the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc), said his group is looking at at least 5 stops for the relay.

“We get the torch from Malaysia, the previous host . . . It will land in Davao, then it goes to Cebu, then from Cebu to Manila,” he said.

“It lands in Manila but goes first to Tagaytay. From Tagaytay, it goes back to Manila and goes to Congress (House of Representatives).”

The planned route could also include a trip to Malacañang.

After that, the torch will arrive in Clark, one of the venues of the games.

Suzara said the relay will begin a month before the games’ official kick off on November 30, but did not specify a date.

He added that participants of the relay will include celebrated former athletes, sponsors and the Games’ partners. 

The official torch they will be carrying was designed by the late National Artist for architecture, Francisco Mañosa, who also designed the cauldron for the Games. 

The opening ceremony, which will be attended by the President, will take place at Philippine Arena in Bulacan.

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