2005 Southeast Asian Games
|23rd Southeast Asian Games|
Motto: "One Heritage, One Southeast Asia"
|Opening ceremony||November 27, 2005|
|Closing ceremony||December 5, 2005|
|Officially opened by||Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
President of the Philippines
|Athlete's Oath||Mikaela "Mikee" Cojuangco-Jaworski|
|Ceremony venue||Quirino Grandstand, Rizal Park|
The 23rd Southeast Asian Games (also known as the 2005 SEA Games) were held in the Philippines from November 27 to December 5, 2005. The games were participated by the eleven (11) member-countries of the Southeast Asian Games Federation. This was the first time that the opening and closing ceremonies were held in an open field instead of a stadium, setting the record for the world's largest live audience in an opening ceremony with 200,000 people at the Quirino Grandstand. These games were also noted for having the most number of delegates in the history of the SEA Games.
The first gold medal of the games was awarded to Singapore when it won its 21st consecutive SEA Games gold in water polo. East Timor made their first medals as a SEA Games Federation member with 3 bronzes. In the end, the Philippines grabbed its first overall championship in the SEA Games with 113 golds, 84 silvers and 94 bronzes.
This was the third SEA Games hosted by the Philippines, previously staging the games in 1981 and 1991. Although many of the events took place around Metro Manila, other events notably aquatics, football and volleyball were held in Cebu City, Bacolod, Angeles, Subic Bay, and Los Baños.
Gilas (Skill) is a Philippine Eagle. It is one of the world's largest eagles; distinct for its majestic plumage on its head. The eagle is a symbol of elegance, strength and pride. It captured the winning spirit of the athletes. Gilas was inspired by the Filipino words Maliksi (agile), Malakas (strong), Matalino (smart), Mataas (high), and Matalas (sharp).
The SEA Games mascot was originally a Philippine tarsier until the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PhilSOC) changed it to the Philippine eagle.
The SEA Games mascot Gilas was designed by Filipino sportswriter/columnist Danny Simon.
The 2005 SEA Games logo shows a festival mask similar to those found in most Southeast Asian countries. It represents the many different cultures that came together for the Games. At the same time the mask captures the exuberant spirit and hospitality of the Filipinos. The logo was inspired by the MassKara Festival held annually in Bacolod City, one of the satellite venues of the event.
The logo was designed by Filipino freelance graphic designer Joel Manalastas.
Theme and hymn
The theme of the games was "One Heritage, One Southeast Asia." Highlighted during the games' opening ceremony, the theme emphasizes unity and cooperation among the 11 member nations of the SEA Games Federation.
The official hymn was "We're All Just One." The hymn was composed by singer-composer Jose Mari Chan and lyricist Rene Nieva. It was sung by nine-year-old Julia Abueva, granddaughter of Philippine national artist Napoleon Abueva, and University of the Philippines President Dr. Emerlinda R. Roman. She was accompanied by the San Miguel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Ryan Cayabyab.
The organizing body for these Games was the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PhilSOC). In addition, while venues outside Manila actively prepared for welcoming the visiting athletes, organizers in the capital region had numerous problems drumming-up widespread support and exposure for the Games. Among the only visible indications of the Games, apart from the commercial sponsors' advertisements, were the welcome banners put up by the city government.
The 11 national flags of the participating countries in the 23rd Southeast Asian Games fly high during the opening ceremony on Sunday at the Quirino Grandstand.
The opening ceremonies of the games were held at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila; the first time a park was utilized instead of a stadium. By doing so, it brought down costs, alleviating the need to spend millions of pesos just to upgrade existing facilities. It also accommodated an audience that is considered the largest in an opening ceremony, bigger than the openers of the Olympic Games.
200,000 spectators gathered at the park to witness the three-hour ceremony officiated by the Philippine President, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. But unfortunately, Arroyo was booed by the spectators due to the alleged cheating in the Philippine general election, 2004. Starting with a parade of the Philippine flag carried by members of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines and Girl Scouts of the Philippines (from Siena College of Quezon City), it was followed by the Philippines's best athletes, as well as some SEA Games alumni. After the national anthem of the Philippines was sung, a colorful cultural dance was presented by the Bayanihan Philippine National Folk Dance Company.
The carrying of the SEA Games Federation Flag was led by alumni athlete Eric Buhain, sprint queen Elma Muros-Posadas, and badminton player Weena Lim. The olympic torch was carried by winter olympics gold medalist Bruce Hernandez. The athletes and officials from the participating countries then marched in alphabetical order starting with the contingent from Brunei Darussalam, and ending with the 740-strong Philippine contingent. Following tradition, the host country entered the arena last.
Cebu City and other satellite venues opened the Games two days earlier with pomp and pageantry. The opening ceremonies in Cebu served as a precursor to the formal opening ceremonies in Manila.
In an unexpected move, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the Philippines’ largest Islamic separatist group, sent representatives to attend the opening ceremonies as spectators; a “goodwill measure.”
The closing ceremony of the Games was held at the Quirino Grandstand on December 5, marking the end of the successful event. The Philippines, for the first time in the history of the Games, emerged as the champions after 28 years.
The Philippines passed on the SEA Games Federation Flag, as a sign of the completion of its hosting job, to the next host country, Thailand. Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister, Suwat Liptapanlop, was present to receive the flag. The Thai Olympic Committee will make the 24th edition of the games the most spectacular sporting event in its history, as the opening date also commemorates the 80th birth anniversary of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Thai dancers graced the stage to provide spectators with a glimpse of what the athletes would expect in Nakhon Ratchasima.
The 2005 SEAG featured 40 sports in more than 393 events. The 23rd edition of the games had the highest number of sporting events in the entire history of the SEAG at that time; more events than the Asian Games and the Olympic Games. The Southeast Asian Games Federation, through the recommendation of the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PhilSOC), decided to exclude basketball, a popular sport in the Philippines, from the competitions due to the decision of FIBA to ban the host country to participate in any international competitions of the sport.
¹ - not an official Olympic Sport
² - sport played only in the SEA Games
³ - not a traditional Olympic nor SEA Games Sport and introduced only by the host country.
° - a former official Olympic Sport, not applied in previous host countries and was introduced only by the host country.
Just like in previous editions, the 2005 SEA Games did not escape from criticisms. The Philippines' decision to scatter the events in multiple cities across the country posed logistical problems for the athletes and officials. Thailand protested a boxing decision that favored the host country to the International Boxing Association (AIBA). The 2005 SEA Games website was also criticized for its outdated tally of the medal standings.
Metro Manila served as the main hub of the Games, though several events also took place in Bacolod City, Cebu City, Los Baños and Canlubang in Laguna, Tagaytay City in Cavite province, Angeles City in Pampanga, and the Subic Bay Freeport Zone in Zambales.
- Philippine International Convention Center (Phil. Organizing Committee and Main Press Centre)
- Century Park Hotel (International Broadcast Centre)
- Cebu City Sports Complex (Cebu Organizing Committee & Pre-opening ceremony)
- Negros Occidental Activity Center (Bacolod-Negros Organizing Committee)
- Rizal Park (Opening and Closing Ceremonies)
- Ninoy Aquino International Airport
- Mactan-Cebu International Airport
- Bacolod City Domestic Airport
- Subic Bay International Airport
3rd ASEAN ParaGames
The 3rd ASEAN ParaGames were held in Manila from December 14 to December 20, 2005. This was the sporting event earmarked for physically challenged athletes in the Southeast Asian regional level. The ParaGames are held after every Southeast Asian Games (patterned after the Paralympics traditionally held days after the Olympic Games). Most of the events were held at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex. Some new sports for the athletes were introduced and demonstrated by both foreign and local participants.
- Games records at the 2005 Southeast Asian Games
- Scandals of the 2005 Southeast Asian Games
- 2005 ASEAN ParaGames
- www.2005seagames.com.ph: The Official Website of the 23rd SEA Games Philippines 2005
- Cebu SEA Games Organizing Committee
- Bacolod-Negros SEA Games Organizing Committee
- Philippine Sports Commission
- Philippine Olympic Committee
- Official Website of the 3rd ASEAN ParaGames - Manila 2005
- Channel NewsAsia SEA Games 2005 Special
- Southeast Asian Games Information
Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
|Southeast Asian Games||Succeeded by
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand