SEA Games 2019 opening ceremony: time, performers, watch on TV and livestream

MANILA, Philippines – The rich Filipino culture and talents will be showcased in the much-awaited Opening Ceremonies of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games set this Saturday, November 30 at the 55-seater Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.

SEA Games 2019 opening ceremony: time, performers, watch on TV and livestream
PHILIPPINES 2019 Southeast Asian Games Opening Ceremonies live at the Philippine Arena.

This will be the first SEA Games opening ceremony to be held in an indoor venue.

Show will start at 7:00 p.m. and expected to finish around 8:30 p.m. (an hour-and-half). Organizers said the gates will open at 3:30 p.m. with pre-show at 5:00 p.m.


The spectacle is headed by veteran playwright Floy Quintos as creative director, working with National Artist for Music and Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Maestro Ryan Cayabyab, US-based, Emmy-award winning live content creator FiveCurrents, and Filipino companies Video Sonic and Stage Craft International Inc.

FiveCurrents, which has won 14 Emmy Awards, is the live content creators that produced the London 2012 and Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics opening and closing ceremonies.


The all-Filipino line-up of performers includes: acclaimed singers Lani Misalucha (who will sing the Philippine National Anthem), Christian Bautista, Aicelle Santos, Jed Madela, Elmo Magalona, KZ Tandingan, Iñigo Pascual, The TNT Boys, Ana Fegi, and Robert Seña, and international rap artist Apl d Ap.

NOTE: Lea Salonga, the voice behind “We Win As One,” the official theme song of the Philippines-hosted 2019 SEA Games will not in attendance as she is out of the country for November 28 to December 8 run of the musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”.

The country’s premiere folk dance company, the Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group, is also contributing their skills together with hundreds of students from at least 12 different schools and colleges in Metro Manila.

Beauty queens headed by Ms. Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach will also participate in the opening ceremonies.


Carlos Yulo, who made history for winning the country's first-ever gold in gymnastics world championship, was initially designated as the torch bearer and will light the cauldron during the opening ceremony. However, during the send-off ceremony for the athletes of the host country, he was replaced by world boxing champion, Senator Manny Pacquiao to be the torch bearer and light the cauldron.

According to Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) chairman Alan Peter Cayetano, lighting of the actual cauldron situated in New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac "will be a surprise."


Around 22,000 people who will attend the opening ceremonies were advised to take the bus to help ease traffic congestion, a spokeswoman for the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said Thursday.

PHISGOC will be providing 10 P2P buses from various pick-up points: SM MOA Arena, Ayala Cloverleaf, Trinoma, and SM City Clark.

The accredited buses will start to ferry passengers to the SEA Games opening venue from 12 p.m. on Saturday, MMDA said.

How to watch, livestream

The 30th SEA Games Opening Ceremonies will be broadcast live and nonstop in the Philippines and several countries in the region, including China and Japan.

In the Philippines, ABS-CBN Channel 2 got the exclusive airing of the opening ceremonies, starting 6:50 pm, with livestreaming on iWant, and replay on S+A at 10 pm.

UPDATE: Livestream video is also available via the YouTube account of the 2019 South East Asian Games Philippines.

— The Summit Express

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