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After mishaps, SEA Games redemption comes in grand opening ceremonies

Dec 01, 2019 - 2:15 AM

Days after dealing with hosting woes, the Philippines officially kicks off the 2019 SEA Games with a hitch-free opening ceremonies

WIN AS ONE. Filipino athletes and sports officials proudly wave the Philippine flag in the opening ceremonies, showing their unity as the Philippines seeks its first overall SEA Games title in 14 years. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Pia Magalona thanks Iñigo Pascual, KZ Tandingan, and son Elmo for SEA Games 2019 opening ceremonies performance

Nov 30, 2019 - 11:08 PM

The artists performed a medley of songs by Francis Magalona

TAYO'Y MGA PINOY. Elmo Magalona, KZ Tandingan, and Iñigo Pascual display their rap skills as they perform a medley of Master Rapper Francis Magalona's songs at the SEA Games 2019 opening ceremonies. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Duterte jives to 'Manila' in SEA Games 2019 opening ceremonies

Nov 30, 2019 - 10:52 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte gets jiggy with it to Hotdog's OPM classic 'Manila'

CHILL. A laid-back President Rodrigo Duterte graces the 2019 Southeast Asian Games opening ceremonies. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Performances at the SEA Games 2019 opening ceremonies

Nov 30, 2019 - 10:15 PM

The show highlights Filipino culture through song numbers, dances, backdrops, and costumes

WIN AS ONE. Filipino singers including Jed Madela,, Lani Misalucha, the TNT Boys, KZ Tandingan, Robert Seña, Elmo Magalona, and Aicelle Santos come together to sing the SEA Games 2019 official song 'We Win As One' at the opening ceremonies. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Trip down memory lane as Filipino icons grace SEA Games 2019 opening

Nov 30, 2019 - 10:09 PM

Eight Filipino sporting legends gather for one night and take centerstage in a memorable SEA Games spectacle

LEGENDS ONLY. Filipino icons (from left, clockwise) Lydia de Vega, Akiko Thomson, Eric Buhain, Alvin Patrimonio, Bong Coo, Efren 'Bata' Reyes, Onyok Velasco, and Paeng Nepomuceno serve as flagbearers in the Southeast Asian Games opening ceremonies. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: SEA Games 2019 Opening Ceremonies

Nov 30, 2019 - 7:20 PM

The 2019 Southeast Asian Games officially unfolds with a glitzy opening ceremony at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan on Saturday, November 30

SEA Games 2019: Expect a 'Super Bowl halftime' opening show

Nov 30, 2019 - 2:48 PM

The 2019 Southeast Asian Games officially kicks off with an opening ceremony featuring top Filipino artists and a display of world-class technology

BIG SHOW. Filipino fans start to gather at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan for the opening of the 30th Southeast Asian Games on November 30, Saturday. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Jordan Clarkson gears up for PH flag-bearer role

Aug 17, 2018 - 2:32 PM

The Fil-Am NBA player will be at the helm of the Philippine contingent during the opening ceremonies of the 2018 Asian Games on Saturday, August 18

ROLE MODEL. Bestowing the honor of flag-bearer to Jordan Clarkson sends a good message, says Philippine chef de mission Richard Gomez.

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, August 12-19, 2017

Aug 20, 2017 - 2:28 PM

Must watch videos from this week

KIAN IS MY SON. Saldy delos Santos holds up his son's school ID, their only proper photo of their son. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

WATCH: Flying diver ignites SEA Games cauldron

Aug 20, 2017 - 12:28 AM

Teenage diver Nur Dhabitah Sabri flew through Malaysia s national stadium in a brave stunt to light the cauldron

FLYING HIGH. Nur Dhabitah Sabri flies high above the Bukit Jalil stadium to let the flames begin. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

SEA Games 2017: Malaysia welcomes athletes at opening ceremony

Aug 20, 2017 - 12:09 AM

From marching bands to fireworks and an elaborate light show Malaysia showcases well its culture traditions and modern tastes

WATCH: Team Philippines marches in SEA Games 2017 opening

Aug 19, 2017 - 9:00 PM

Taekwondo Olympian Kirstie Alora carries the Philippine flag

TEAM PHILIPPINES. The Philippine contingent parades during the 2017 Southeast Asian Games opening ceremony. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: 42nd PBA season opening ceremony

Nov 20, 2016 - 7:27 PM

See photos from the opening ceremony of the 2016 17 PBA season here

HARDWARE. The Philippine Cup trophy up for grabs once again. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Rio opens Paralympic Games for 'superhumans'

Sep 08, 2016 - 1:25 PM

Samba parading wheelchairs and giant balloons highlight the opening ceremony at a sold out Maracana stadium

IN PHOTOS: UST opens UAAP Season 79 with grand parade, fireworks

Sep 03, 2016 - 9:52 PM

Take a look back on the opening ceremony of the UAAP held at the campus of host school UST

Opening of the 79th season of the UAAP games at the UST grounds on September 3, 2016.

UP sweeps first UAAP ballroom competition

Sep 03, 2016 - 6:32 PM

UAAP Season 79 opens with University of the Philippines reigning supreme in a dance sport once again

UAAP Season 79 to open at UST

Aug 24, 2016 - 6:03 PM

The season opening will be held on Saturday September 3 at the UST Plaza Mayor in front of the Main Building

PLAZA MAYOR. The opening ceremony for UAAP Season 79 will be held at the UST Plaza Mayor in front of the Main Building. File Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

Olympic joy dampened by boos for Brazil's president

Aug 06, 2016 - 3:33 PM

It took fireworks to drown out the boos for Brazil s unpopular interim president Michel Temer as locals protest economic issues which plague the country

OPENING NUMBER. People celebrate during the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Duterte to Filipino Olympic athletes: 'Give 100%'

Aug 06, 2016 - 3:31 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte wishes them the best in everything Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella says

RIO OLYMPICS. Fireworks go off at the end of the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 5, 2016. Photo by Barbara Walton/EPA

Refugee team receives warm welcome at Olympics opening

Aug 06, 2016 - 12:50 PM

10 athletes from the Refugee Team will compete at the Rio Olympics

Why Alora took over as PH flag bearer for Lariba during Rio opening

Aug 06, 2016 - 12:03 PM

Table tennis player Ian Lariba receives an assist from her Philippines teammate Kirstie Alora at the Parade of Nations

WATCH: Marathon runner Cordeiro lights Olympic cauldron

Aug 06, 2016 - 11:36 AM

Let the Games begin

LET THE GAMES BEGIN. Brazil's Vanderlei Cordeiro, who won bronze at the 2004 Olympics, lights the Olympic cauldron. Photo by Sergei Ilnitski/EPA

IN PHOTOS: Stars at Rio 2016 opening ceremony

Aug 06, 2016 - 9:07 AM

See photos of Gisele Bündchen walking across the stadium Alessandra Ambrosio and Adriana Lima carrying the Olympic torch before the ceremony and more

OPENING CEREMONY. Supermodel Gisele Bundchen walks the Rio 2016 Opening Ceremony, while Alessandra Ambrosio and Adriana Lima carry the Olympic torch hours before the ceremony. Screengrabs from Instagram/alessandraambrosio/adrianalima, Twitter/Rio2016_en

WATCH: Philippines at the Rio Olympics opening ceremony

Aug 06, 2016 - 8:59 AM

The Philippines is the 75th country to walk at the Rio 2016 Parade of Nations led by flag bearer Ian Lariba

PARADE OF NATIONS. Taekwondo competitor Kirstie Alora carries the flag for the Philippines, taking over for table tennis player Ian Lariba. Photo by Sergey Ilnitsky/EPA

IN PHOTOS: Fireworks, lights and Gisele at the Olympics opening ceremony

Aug 06, 2016 - 8:16 AM

A message of tolerance and respect is the theme of the Rio 2016 opening

Filipino Olympians await festive Olympic opening ceremony

Aug 05, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Before the Filipinos seek to end their 20 year medal drought they ll take part in the biggest party in Rio

'Mugging' scene in Rio games ceremony sparks controversy

Aug 02, 2016 - 11:44 AM

Brazilian newspapers quote witnesses saying they were sure the scene showed an attempted street robbery – a surprising choice in an Olympic host city plagued by real life crime

CONTROVERSY. A reported 'mugging' scene during the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics is sparking controversy. EPA/HOW HWEE YOUNG

Ian Lariba named PH flag bearer for Rio Olympics

Jul 19, 2016 - 2:20 PM

The table tennis player will carry the Philippine flag during the parade of athletes in the opening ceremony

FLAG-BEARER. Ian Lariba (2nd from right) will carry the Philippine flag at the Rio Olympics. Photo by Rick Olivares/Rappler

Gisele Bundchen to participate in Rio opening ceremony

Jul 13, 2016 - 10:18 AM

Gisele is set to host the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Rio

epa04706486 Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen presents a creation by fashion brand Colcci during the Sao Paulo Fashion Week Summer 2016 at the Candido Portinari Park, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 15 April 2015. Buendchen, 34, announced her retirement from the runway after the Sao Paulo Fashion Week. EPA/SEBASTIAO MOREIRA

IN PHOTOS: A colorful 2016 Palarong Pambansa opening

Apr 10, 2016 - 10:23 PM

See photos of the vibrant 2016 Palarong Pambansa opening ceremony put together by Albay this year s host

PERFORMANCE. Dancers bring their A game at the 2016 Palarong Pambansa opening ceremony. Photo by Roy Secretario/Rappler

WATCH: First PWD torchbearer and Terrence Romeo open Palaro

Apr 10, 2016 - 8:21 PM

Athlete Francis Everesto becomes the first person with disability to be a torchbearer at Palarong Pambansa He is assisted by Gilas Pilipinas star Terrence Romeo

TORCHBEARER. Francis Everesto (L) is the first PWD Palarong Pambansa torchbearer. He is assisted by national team member and PBA star Terrence Romeo. Photo by Roy Secretario/Rappler

What's in store for the opening of Palarong Pambansa 2016?

Apr 10, 2016 - 1:31 PM

The main attraction will be the torch relay

IN PHOTOS: UAAP 78 opening ceremony

Sep 06, 2015 - 5:26 PM

Hosts University of the Philippines put on a splendid opening show including a performance from multi titled dance troupe the UP Pep Squad

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

SEA Games opening ceremony host sorry for 'insensitive' comment

Jun 06, 2015 - 3:29 PM

A presenter at Singapore s SEA Games opening ceremony has apologized after she shocked onlookers by mocking a small ethnic Indian girl about her accent

Presenters Nikki Muller (L), Chua Enlai (C) and Sharon Au (R) are pictured during their routine at the opening ceremony of the SEA Games. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

PH to go on all-out assault for SEA Games gold

Jun 05, 2015 - 11:49 PM

Philippine Sports Commission chairman Richie Garcia says he s hoping for a “trigger” that could spark the country’s gold medal drive

Justin Coveney and the Philippine Volcanoes rugby team will begin their SEA Games campaign on Saturday, seeking to improve off their runner-up finish in 2007

IN PHOTOS: Philippines enters SEA Games opening ceremony in style

Jun 05, 2015 - 10:16 PM

View photos of the PH delegation s entrance at the 2015 Southeast Asian Games in Singapore

Volleyball star Alyssa Valdez carries the flag as the Philippine delegation makes its entrance. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

WATCH: Alyssa Valdez leads Philippine entrance at 2015 SEA Games

Jun 05, 2015 - 9:04 PM

Volleyball star Alyssa Valdez leads the Philippine delegation at the SEA Games entrance on Friday evening

Volleyball star Alyssa Valdez holds the Philippine flag at the opening ceremony of the 2015 SEA Games. Screenshot from Sport Singapore live stream

VLOG: Palaro opening rushed due to bad weather

May 04, 2015 - 10:06 PM

Both Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II and Education Secretary Armin Luistro insists that the program be done fast so as not to put the athletes health at risk

UNITED. Young athletes from the 17 regions light the flame that symbolizes the opening of the Palarong Pambansa. Photo by Franz Lopez/ Rappler

UAAP Volleyball Season 77 schedule

Nov 21, 2014 - 12:43 PM

The full schedule of the UAAP Season 77 men s and women s volleyball tournaments

South Korea leader officially opens Asian Games

Sep 19, 2014 - 9:35 PM

South Korean President Park Geun Hye opened the Incheon Asian Games at a glittering K Pop inspired ceremony

Fireworks light the sky over the Asiad Main Stadium during the opening ceremony of the 17the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. Photo by Valdrin Xhemaj/EPA

North Korea gets big cheers at Asian Games opening

Sep 19, 2014 - 8:51 PM

North Korea s athletes got an unexpectedly rousing welcome at the opening ceremony of the Asian Games as South Korean fans put aside their bitter rivalry

North Korean athletes attend the team welcoming ceremony of the 17th Incheon Asian Games at the athlete's village. Photo by Kim Chul-Soo/EPA

VLOG: Palarong Pambansa 2013 officially begins

Apr 21, 2013 - 8:54 PM

Almost 10 000 student athletes from all 17 regions of the country gather in Dumaguete for the Philippines largest sporting event The opening ceremonies and parade of athletes mark the official start of Palarong Pambansa 2013 Natashya Gutierrez reports

Google Doodle and London Olympics

Aug 01, 2012 - 3:29 PM

Google celebrates London 2012 Olympics by featuring a sport on its Doodle art each day

Google Doodle opening ceremony London 2012

Olympics: A Britain not too cool to be proud

Jul 29, 2012 - 12:17 PM

Here was the Britain I had come to know in the 24 years I’ve lived here Buttoned up but with an unexpected funny bone and behind the famous upper lip emotions that run deep and strong

Filipino performer recounts opening ceremonies

Jul 29, 2012 - 10:49 AM

Filipino Patricia Olabre was one of 15 000 chosen to perform for the Olympics opening ceremonies She shares her experience with Rappler

OLYMPIC BLOG: Filipino performer recounts opening ceremonies

Jul 29, 2012 - 10:14 AM

Filipino Patricia Olabre was one of 15 000 chosen to perform for the Olympics opening ceremonies She shares her experience with Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: #London2012 Opening Ceremony

Jul 28, 2012 - 8:10 AM

Live blog of the Opening Ceremony of the Games of the XXX Olympiad the 2012 Summer Games in London United Kingdom

Flame makes dramatic arrival in London

Jul 21, 2012 - 12:35 AM

The Olympic flame makes a dramatic arrival in London before the opening ceremony in one week s time

IN PHOTOS: Day 2 Palarong Pambansa 2012

May 07, 2012 - 10:42 PM

Photo highlights of Palarong Pambansa Day 2

Palaro opening ceremonies festive, bright

May 07, 2012 - 2:34 PM

President Benigno Aquino graces Palarong Pambansa opening ceremonies