Boom, Boom, Pow – and bye

THE 30th SEA Games came to grand finish with a show of the Philippines’ earliest cultures to the latest fads, closing with American hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas taking to the stage at the New Clark City Athletics Arena.The show, however, started with cultural performances and dances from the Aeta Indigenous Group.

The Aeta are indigenous people who are scattered and live in isolation in the mountainous part of the Philippines. They are considered the earliest inhabitants of the nation.

Arnel Pineda – the Filipino vocalist for American rock band “Journey” – soulfully sang the Philippines national anthem Lupang Hinirang.The end of the national anthem marked the green light for the approximately two thousand athletes to begin their march and the raising of the flags for their respective nations.

Pineda then took over the show with the KO Jones Band by first singing his band’s biggest hit song Don’t Stop Believin’ before moving on to other Rock staples – Livin’ on a Prayer by Bon Jovi, Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns N’ Roses, We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions by Queen.

Drones then took to the sky for a light show displaying the Philippines national flag and the motto “We Win As One” and other images.

After speeches from the Philippine SEA Games Organisational Committee chairman Alan Peter Cayetano and Philippine Olympic Committee president Abraham Tolentino, the Philippines executive secretary officially declared the Games closed before calling on the youth of South-East Asian countries to gather in Hanoi, Vietnam, in 2021.

Jalur Gemilang: The Malaysian contingent making their way into the New Clark City Athletics Arena.

THE 30th SEA Games came to grand finish with a show of the Philippines’ earliest cultures to the latest fads, closing with American hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas taking to the stage at the New Clark City Athletics Arena.The show, however, started with cultural performances and dances from the Aeta Indigenous Group.

The Aeta are indigenous people who are scattered and live in isolation in the mountainous part of the Philippines. They are considered the earliest inhabitants of the nation.

Arnel Pineda – the Filipino vocalist for American rock band “Journey” – soulfully sang the Philippines national anthem Lupang Hinirang.The end of the national anthem marked the green light for the approximately two thousand athletes to begin their march and the raising of the flags for their respective nations.

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Main act: American hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas performing at the closing ceremony.Main act: American hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas performing at the closing ceremony.

Pineda then took over the show with the KO Jones Band by first singing his band’s biggest hit song Don’t Stop Believin’ before moving on to other Rock staples – Livin’ on a Prayer by Bon Jovi, Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns N’ Roses, We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions by Queen.

Drones then took to the sky for a light show displaying the Philippines national flag and the motto “We Win As One” and other images.

After speeches from the Philippine SEA Games Organisational Committee chairman Alan Peter Cayetano and Philippine Olympic Committee president Abraham Tolentino, the Philippines executive secretary officially declared the Games closed before calling on the youth of South-East Asian countries to gather in Hanoi, Vietnam, in 2021.

Over to you: Cultural performance from Vietnam who will host the next Games in 2021.

The flag was then officially handed over to Vietnam Olympic Committee president Nguyen Danh Thai.

After a grand fireworks display that lit up the night sky like day, Black Eyed Peas featuring Filipino local Apl.de.Ap took to the stage singing their hit songs like “Boom Boom Pow” to close the show on a high note.

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