While the TV and livestreamed broadcast of the SEA Games opening ceremony made it look like the cauldron lighting in New Clark City was held at the same time as the final "We Are One" song number in the Philippine Arena, creative director Floy Quintos confirmed that this was not the case.
"Everybody knows that yes, it was [pre-recorded]... This is a standard practice," the noted playwright told ANC's Early Edition today.
"In many, many countries where the weather is inclement, you have to be prepared," he added. "In times like that, you err on being segurista."
Boxers Manny Pacquiao and Nesthy Petecio did the cauldron-lighting honors, with the pugilist-slash-senator passing on the torch to the SEA Games contender.
As Quintos said of the segment: "Shoot it early, but not too early, so that everything would have time to run in the dress rehearsals that we had." He could not, however, confirm to host Christian Esguerra what time, exactly, it was shot, as he wasn't part of the team on the ground.
"Given that they were over there [in New Clark City] and we were over here [in the Philippine Arena], it was a creative solution," Quintos continued.
On the day of the ceremony, both reporters and spectators were surprised to learn that they were not permitted to view the cauldron lighting, leading to many suspicions that the sequence was being pre-recorded.
Quintos also touched upon the controversy swirling around the cauldron's cost, saying, "I don't know anything about the money. It's a totally separate thing. I think people are angry and concerned about [the cauldron] and rightly they should be. But as creators, our job really is to make sure nothing goes wrong."