SUBIC BAY FREEPORT -- Six days before the grand opening of the 30th Southeast Asian Games, the Subic Cluster formally opened the biennial meet here with the lighting of the cauldron.
Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) chairman and administrator Wilma Eisma led the lighting ceremony witnessed by Mike Aguilar, director for ceremonies of the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc).
Eisma used the official SEA Games torch to light the cauldron, a ceremony also attended by triathlete Claire Adorna, Triathlon SEA Games two-time gold medalist Nicko Huelgas and SBMA employees.
The SBMA chief assured the Phisgoc members that Subic is ready for the two-week sporting meet.
Subic along with Olongapo is hosting 17 of the 56 sports starting November 28 with sailing at Subic Bay.
Other sports include duathlon/triathlon, pencak silat, sepak takraw, chess, table tennis, muay thai, canoe kayak, open water, modern pentathlon, beach volleyball, handball, windsurfing, rowing, shooting (trap), and traditional boat race.
Aside from Subic, other host clusters of the Games are Metro Manila, Clark and Southern Tagalog.
The SEA Games’ first indoor opening ceremony will be held at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan on November 30 while the closing rite will be held at the New Clark City Sports Hub in Capas, Tarlac on Dec. 11. (PNA)