What Role Will These Philippine Sports Legends Play in SEA Games Opening?


Legends of Philippine sports have come together for a rare photo amid talk that they will have a major role to play in the opening ceremonies of the 30th Southeast Asian Games on Saturday at the Philippine Arena.

A photo of Akiko Thomson-Guevara, Efren ‘Bata’ Reyes, Rafael ‘Paeng’ Nepomuceno, Bong Coo, Lydia De Vega, Mansueto ‘Onyok’ Velasco, and Alvin Patrimonio fittingly labelled as a 'GOAT gathering' has gone viral after being posted on the Facebook page of the Philippine Bowling Federation on Wednesday.

The legends declined comment on the reason for their gathering, but Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Abraham ‘Bambol’ Tolentino hinted they will have a role in the opening ceremonies.

“’Yung malaking flag ng SEA Games Federation, ‘yun ang icons,” said Tolentino during Wednesday’s press conference.

Tolentino, however, didn’t reveal the identities of the ‘icons’ but sports legends of the host country have traditionally carried the SEA Games Federation flag during the opening ceremony of the event.

The carrying of the SEA Games Federation flag is part of the opening ceremony which also include the parade of athletes and production numbers to be led by Apl.de.Ap of the famed US group Blackeyed Peas.

This story originally appeared on Spin.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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