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    LOOK: Team Philippines takes part in parade as SEA Games get going

    May 12, 2022
    Team Philippines takes part in the traditional marchpast of the Hanoi SEA Games with EJ Obiena as flagbearer.
    Team Philippines takes part in the traditional marchpast of the Hanoi SEA Games with EJ Obiena as flagbearer.
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    HANOI – The 31st Southeast Asian Games formally opened on Thursday night with a colorful ceremony at the My Dinh National Stadium, almost a year since it was postponed due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

    Originally set to be staged from November 21 to December 2, 2021, the multi-sport conclave finally got going and not even the continued threat of the virus and a downpour could dampen the spirit of the participants.

    EJ Obiena with POC president Bambol Tolentino.

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    World-ranked pole vaulter EJ Obiena stood at the head of the Philippine delegation that took part in the marchpast of 11 nations in the same venue where he will be vying for his second straight SEA Games gold medal in a few days.

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    Philippine Olympic Committee president Abraham ‘Bambol’ Tolentino and chef de mission and Philippine Sports Commission commissioner Ramon Fernandez also marched with the athletes during the ceremony.

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      Symbols of the Vietnam culture like the leaf hat and rice grains were very prominent in the ceremony that was closed with the singing of the official song ‘Let’s Shine.

      World champion Caloy Yulo sees action in gymnastics on Friday to jumpstart the campaign of Team Philippines, which won the overall championship the last time the SEA Games were held in 2019 on home soil.

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        Team Philippines takes part in the traditional marchpast of the Hanoi SEA Games with EJ Obiena as flagbearer.
        PHOTO: Jerome Ascano
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