SEA GAMES 2019: Fireworks and music bring Games to a close
12 December 2019
The skies at New Clark City lit up with fireworks as the athletes, officials, volunteers and spectators marvelled at the wondrous sight. And then the concert kicked off as the pop group Black Eyed Peas added celebrity value to what has been two weeks of great sporting action.
Quah Ting Wen led out the Singapore contingent at the Closing Ceremony
The 30th Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines was brought to a close in a convivial atmosphere with athletes from the 11 participating nations entering the stadium and mingling in the great spirit of friendship.
Team Singapore’s 53 gold, 46 silver, 68 bronze medals placed them sixth in the medal standings with the Philippines leading the way with 149 gold medals. Little wonder that athletes and officials from the host nation received the loudest cheer when they trooped into the New Clark City Athletics Stadium, with the Singapore contingent joining in the festivities with gusto.
The Singapore contingent marching in to the Closing Ceremony at the New Clark City Athletics Stadium
Volunteers and workforce were also given special recognition during the Closing Ceremony as Filipino artiste Arnel Pineda & KO Jones Band warmed up the crowd with renditions of familiar rock classics including Don’t Stop Believing, Livin’ On A Prayer, Sweet Child O’Mine and We Are The Champions.
Thereafter followed a futuristic drone light show before the formal part of the evening commenced. That was when Singapore enjoyed a proud moment with swimmer Quah Zheng Wen called on stage to received the Male Athlete of the Games award from Graham M Coates, Senior Vice President of Megaworld Lifestyle Malls.
Said Quah on the award: “This is definitely an honour seeing the Singapore flag up there. I came here looking for the ‘A’ cuts to make the Olympics, so getting all the gold medals was a real bonus and a testament to how hard I have been training.”
The Female Athlete of the Games award also went to a swimmer, Vietnam wondergirl Nguyen Thi Anh Vien while the Fairplay Award went to surfer Roger Casugay from the host nation who had gone out of his way to save a fellow surfer while in competition. Philippines took the award for the overall champions of the Games.
Quah Zheng Wen receiving the Male Athlete of the Games award
Mr Salvador Medialdea, Executive Secretary from the Office of the President of the Philippine, declared the 30th SEA Games closed and called upon the youth of the Southeast Asian nations to assemble in two years in Hanoi, Vietnam, to celebrate the next edition of the Games.
We Win As One lit up in the sky in a drone display
The SEA Games flag was then handed over to the head of delegation from Vietnam, followed by a stirring performance from the next hosts, signalling the warm welcome to be expected at the Hanoi Games in 2021.
Fireworks lit up the sky at the New Clark City Athletics Stadium
Following the fireworks, the Black Eye Peas came on stage to rapturous applause and the got the whole stadium rocking to a selection of their biggest hits, led by apl.de.ap, the Filipino-American rapper, singer and producer who is a member of the band. From Let’s Get It Started to I Got A Feeling, the crowd let their hair loose and enjoyed the concert, which brought the biennial sporting extravaganza to a fitting close.