KUALA LUMPUR. — The Philippines will formally receive the Southeast Asian Games flame from 2017 host Malaysia in a handover ceremony on Thursday that will kick off the country’s hosting preparations into high gear.
Philippine Olympic Committee board member Cynthia Carrion is scheduled to accept the flame from Malaysia Olympic Committee president Norza Zakaria in a ceremonial lighting of the lantern set at the world-renowned Bukit Jalil National Stadium.
Philippine South East Asian Games Organizing Committee Chief Operating Officer Ramon Suzara and Commissioner Celia Kiram of the Philippine Sports Commission will grace the event which signals the countdown to the opening of the 11-nation meet on Nov. 30 at the Philippine Arena in Marilao, Bulacan.
The PHISGOC ceremonies and cultural events department is organizing the ceremony as part of a series of events highlighting the symbolism of the SEA Games torch and flame.
From Kuala Lumpur, the lantern will be brought to the Philippines, kicking off the torch run activities to be held in various parts of the country, namely in Davao City, Cebu City and Clark. It will also be brought to the Senate, House of Representatives and Malacanang.