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XXX Southeast Asian Games
2019 Southeast Asian Games (30th SEA Games).svg
Host cityVarious
(See below)
Motto"We Win As One"[1] (Filipino: Mananalo Tayo Bilang Isa)
Nations participating11
Athletes participating9,840 (expected)
Events550 in 54 sports
Opening ceremony30 November
Closing ceremony11 December
Officially opened byPresident Rodrigo Duterte (expected)
Officially closed byVice President Leni Robredo or President Rodrigo Duterte (expected)
Athlete's OathTBA
Judge's OathTBA
Torch lighterTBA
Main venuePhilippine Arena
(Opening ceremony)
NCC Athletic Stadium (Closing ceremony)
Website2019 Southeast Asian Games
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The 2019 Southeast Asian Games, officially known as the 30th Southeast Asian Games or 2019 SEA Games and commonly known as Philippines 2019 will be the 30th edition of the Southeast Asian Games, a biennial regional multi-sport event which will be hosted by the Philippines from 30 November to 10 December 2019.[2] For this edition of the Games, four designated hubs will serve as hosts namely Manila, Clark, Subic, and BLT (Batangas, La Union, and Tagaytay). This will be the fourth time that the Philippines will host the games and its first time since 2005. Previously, it had also hosted the 1981 and 1991 editions of the games. This edition is most notable for being the first edition to include e-sports and obstacle course as well as having the highest number of sports in the history of the games, at 59.

The hosting rights were originally awarded to Brunei Darussalam,[3] but the country pulled out days before the 2015 Southeast Asian Games due to "financial and logistical reasons."[4]

The Philippines was set to host the games, after Brunei's withdrawal. However, the Philippines' hosting was left uncertain following the withdrawal of government support on July 2017 as it plans to use the funds intended for the games on the rehabilitation of Marawi after being occupied by ISIS supporters. Thailand, Indonesia was willing to step in if no other countries expressed interest to host.[5]

Eventually, the Philippines reversed its withdrawal of support and announced that it accepted the hosting of the Games on 16 August 2017.[6] The country's hosting of the 30th SEA Games is considered as a stepping stone for its possible bid to host the 2030 Asian Games.[7]


As per SEA Games traditions, hosting duties are rotated among the SEA Games Federation (SEAGF) member countries. Each country is assigned a year to host but may choose to do so or not.[8]


On 18 July 2012, during a meeting in Myanmar, Brunei was selected to host the 30th Southeast Asian Games. Brunei's previous and only hosting of the tournament was the 1999 edition in which they placed seventh overall. The country was slated to host the 2017 edition but the Sultanate wanted to host these Games instead of the former.[3] Brunei planned to upgrade its sports facilities and build a new national stadium in Salambigar to accommodate the Games.[9] However, on 4 June 2015, Brunei withdrew its hosting rights at the meeting in Singapore. after the said country's Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports had failed to give support for the said Games.[10] The withdrawal of Brunei's hosting rights were also due to the country's lack of sporting facilities, accommodation, and preparation of their athletes.[4]

Provincial Sports Coordinator and Assistant Provincial Administrator Giovanni Gulanes reveals Davao del Norte's bid to host the 2019 Southeast Asian Games at the Kapihan sa Kapitolyo. July 2016.

With Brunei's withdrawal, the Philippines had expressed its interest to host the Games[11][12][13] Vietnam, the 2021 Southeast Asian Games host, was also offered to host this edition, but declined.[14] On 10 July 2015, the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) announced that the Philippines will be hosting the Games.[15] Davao City and Manila were touted as the top candidates for the main host city of the Games.[16] Cebu City[17] and Albay[18] also expressed interest in hosting some events.

On 21 July 2017, The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) addressed the POC that it is withdrawing its support for the Philippine hosting of the 2019 Games, saying that government decided to reallocate funds meant for hosting to the rehabilitation efforts of Marawi, which was left devastated following the Battle of Marawi[16][19] and it was later reported that the POC's insistence on handling all matters of the hosting; finance, security and the conduct of the Games as it did for the 2005 Southeast Asian Games led to the PSC's withdrawal of support.[20]

However, on August 16, the Philippines, through the then-POC president Peping Cojuangco, confirmed that the country will be hosting the 2019 SEA Games, after Cojuangco wrote to President Rodrigo Duterte and appealed for reconsideration.[21]

Cojuangco has stated that the Games would be held in the Central Luzon area, particularly in the provinces of Bulacan, Pampanga, and Zambales. He added that the Philippine Arena in the municipality of Bocaue in Bulacan province would "most likely" be used in the Games.[22] In January 2018, during the groundbreaking of the Philippine Sports City, it was announced that the organizers will attempt to hold all events of the games outside of Manila with New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac, Subic, and Bulacan as main host localities.[23]

Handover ceremony[edit]

During the closing ceremony of the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, the symbolic SEA Games Federation council flag was handed over by outgoing Malaysian Olympic Committee president HRH Tunku Tan Sri Imran to then-Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Jose "Peping" Cojuangco, who in turn passed the flag to then-Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, who will be the Chairman of organizing committee for 2019 games.[24] In contrast of other closing ceremonies held throughout the SEA Games, only a video promoting tourism in the Philippines was presented instead of a grand presentation for the next host country. The reasons for this is that the Philippine Olympic Committee decided to call off the performance which is said to be costly at PhP8 million. Another reason is to give focus on the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia).[25][26]


Alan Peter Cayetano is the current chairman of the organizing committee of the Games.

Unlike the 2005 SEA Games, the 2019 SEA Games adopted a different organizing structure for the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PhilSOC). According to Philippine Sports Commission chairman William Ramirez, it will be Alan Peter Cayetano, the organizing committee chairman, who will be on top of things this time and not the Philippine Olympic Committee president who did the job in 2005.[27] Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri was initially the head of the organizing committee before he was replaced by Cayetano.[28]

At least three meetings will be held for the preparation of the games. The first meeting was held in Shangri-la at the Fort last 16 to 17 May 2018. Another meeting will be held in November 2018.[29]

Officials of National Sports Associations of the Philippines were designated as competition managers and were tasked to deal with local arrangements concerning their sport including logistics, venue and equipment.[30]


There are four designated clusters or hubs for the sporting events of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games namely Clark, Subic, Metro Manila, and "Other Areas".[31] Previously the fourth cluster was reportedly known as the BLT (Batangas, La Union, and Tagaytay) Cluster[32] The main hub is Clark featuring the still under construction sports complex at the New Clark City development in Capas, Tarlac.[33] The secondary venue will be Subic[34] while the tertiary venue will be Metro Manila and the other nearby areas.[35]

The opening ceremony will be held at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan[36] while the closing ceremony will be held in New Clark City.[37]

The Philippine Sports Commission confirmed that Manila will host boxing, basketball, and volleyball events while Subic will host water sport events.[38]

The construction of the NOC (National Olympic Committee) mansions and villas for accommodating of the delegates from the competing countries has been proposed to be built in New Clark City. Each mansion will have 15 to 17 rooms each.[39]

Proposed venues[edit]

2019 Southeast Asian Games is located in Luzon
BLT (Batangas and Tagaytay)
BLT (Batangas and Tagaytay)
BLTLa Union
BLTLa Union
Four main hubs or clusters of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. The fourth cluster is designated as "Other Areas" which includes venues that are not part of either Manila, Subic, or Clark clusters.
Cluster City/Municipality Venue Sports
Competition proper
Clark Angeles AUF Gymnasium Floorball, Indoor hockey, Futsal, Netball[40]
Clark Wakepark Wakeboarding[40]
Mabalacat The Villages Baseball, Softball[40]
Clark Parade Grounds Archery,[40] Rugby sevens[41]
Royce Hotel and Casino Dancesports[40]
ASEAN Convention Center Wrestling[40]
Clark Global City Shooting, [40] Obstacle Course
Capas New Clark City Athletic Stadium Athletics[40]
New Clark City Aquatic Center Aquatics[40]
Tarlac City Luisita Golf and Country Club Golf[40]
Metro Manila Biñan Biñan Football Stadium Football (Women's)
Imus Vermosa Sports Hub Underwater Hockey
Malabon Malabon Properties Lawn Bowls, Petanque[40]
Makati Manila Polo Club Squash, Equestrian[40][42]
Mandaluyong Starmall EDSA-Shaw Bowling
Manila Rizal Memorial Stadium Football (Men's)[37]
Rizal Memorial Tennis Center Manila Tennis[43]
Pasay Cuneta Astrodome Basketball[37]
Mall of Asia Arena Basketball[37]
Filoil Flying V Centre 3x3 Basketball[40]
SM Mall of Asia Skating Rink Figure skating, Ice hockey[40]
SMX Convention Center Gymnastics,[37][40] Judo, Jujitsu, Karatedo, Taekwondo[44]
World Trade Center Fencing, Wushu[40]
Pasig PhilSports Complex Badminton,[40] Volleyball[45]
Quezon City La Mesa Ecopark Rowing[40]
San Jose del Monte Colegio de San Agustin Bulacan Soft tennis[40]
Subic Olongapo Subic Bay Tennis Court Beach volleyball, Beach handball[40]
Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center Chess, Muaythai, Pencak silat, Table tennis, Weightlifting[40]
Remy Field Modern pentathlon[40]
Subic Bay Yacht Club Sailing, Windsurfing[40]
Subic Gymnasium Sepak takraw[40]
Subic/Olongapo Subic Bay Boardwalk Traditional boat race, Jet ski, Triathlon, Duathlon[40]
Other Areas TBA TBA Arnis, Esports, Billiards, Boxing, Kickboxing
Calatagan (Batangas) Miguel Romero Field[46] Polo[46]
San Juan[47] (La Union) TBA Surfing
Tagaytay (Cavite) TBA Cycling, Skateboarding[40]
Non-competition venues
Clark Angeles Bayanihan Park Countdown ceremony and launch
Capas NCC Athletic Stadium Closing ceremony
Mabalacat ASEAN Convention Center International Broadcast Center, Main Press Center[48]
Other Areas Bocaue Philippine Arena Opening ceremony


Official launch and branding[edit]

Officials lead the launch of the one-year countdown for the Games at the Bayanihan Park held on November 30, 2018.

The official launch and countdown ceremony of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games was made at the Bayanihan Park at the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga[49] which was attended by representatives of the 11 participating countries of the Games. At the ceremony the logo and theme of the Games were officially unveiled.[50] A 15 m (49 ft) structure consisting of 11 rings representing the 11 countries was also lit up as part of the countdown ceremony.[50] The mascot was shortly confirmed as official outside the countdown ceremony rites.[51]


The official motto of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games as well as its theme is "We Win As One."[32]


A preview of the logo of the 2019 SEA Games was earlier presented in front of the Olympic Council of Asia on August 20, 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia during the 18th Asian Games. The official logo depicts 11 rings from the logo of the Southeast Asian Games Federation forming the shape the Philippines and colored with the red, blue, yellow and green.[52] It was made official during the launching ceremony in Bayanihan Park.


Pami, the official mascot of the 2019 games.

The games' mascot is dubbed as Pami, with their name derived from the "pamilya" the Filipino word for "family". According to 2019 SEA Games executive director Ramon Suzara, the mascot represents every nation, every athlete, every person coming together that support each other at the games. The mascot with a joyful character has been described to have been made from squishy spherical balls.[53] Just like the logo and theme, it was also previewed during the meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia. It was made official during the countdown ceremony in Bayanihan Park.


There are at least three tiers of sponsorship for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, depending on the amount of funds a company contributes to the games; Silver sponsors contributed $500,000, Gold sponsors contributed $2 million, and Platinum sponsors contributed $3 million.[47] Philippine Airlines will provide the air transport for the delegates of the games.[54] Singapore-based Razer Inc. will be involved in the organization of the Esports events.[55]

Currently, there are at least ten sponsors: each two sponsors in Platinum, Gold and Silver; and four sponsors as official partners, while Bronze is still not yet announced.

Six companies have sealed their partnership agreements with PHISGOC during the sponsorship signing ceremonies on February 13, 2019. Atos, an international company which is also the IT Partner of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, is designated as the official games management system provider.[56] France-based GL Events will provide the overlays and temporary structures of the 39 sporting venues to be used for the 2019 SEA Games.[56] Grand Sport, a sports apparel company from Thailand, is the official provider of the uniforms for the workforce, volunteers and technical officials.[56] The official kits of the national athletes of the host country will be provided by Asics.[56] Mikasa, Marathon, and Molten are the providers of the official game balls and sporting equipment of the games, all brought in by Sonak Corporation.[56] PHISGOC appointed MediaPro Asia as the official exclusive production, media rights, marketing and sponsorship agent of the games. [57]

2019 Southeast Asian Games sponsors[58]
Tier Sponsoring firms
Platinum Atos[58], Ajinomoto[59][60]
Gold Philippine Airlines[47][58], Pocari Sweat[61]
Silver GL Events,[58] Grand Sport[58]
Bronze TBA
Official Partners[58] ASICS, Molten Corporation, Mikasa Sports, Marathon

The Games[edit]

Opening and closing ceremonies[edit]

The Philippine Arena in Bocaue will host the opening ceremony. The closing ceremony will held in the Athletics Stadium in New Clark City.

The Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan is planned to be the venue of the opening ceremony of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.[36]

The opening ceremony will be reportedly inspired from the opening ceremonies of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The organizers have announced plans to conduct a digital lighting of the flame during the event but added they have a backup plan for a "normal, traditional opening ceremony".[39] FiveCurrents, the live content creators that produced the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Summer Olympics opening and closing ceremonies, is also tapped as producers for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games opening ceremonies.[47] Negotiations are also ongoing to get Apl.de.ap, a Filipino-American artist, to perform on the opening ceremony.[62] Previously the organizers negotiated with another Filipino-American artist, Bruno Mars, to do the same.[63]

The closing ceremony will be held in the athletics stadium in New Clark City.[37]

Participating nations[edit]

All 11 members of Southeast Asian Games Federation (SEAGF) are expected to take part in the 2019 SEA Games. Below is a list of all the participating NOCs.


A total of 59 sports have been approved to be contested at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games making this edition potentially the largest Southeast Asian Games in terms of the number of sports contested.[64] An initial list of 32 sports to be contested at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games was agreed upon following the two-day SEA Games Federation Council Meeting from May 16-17, 2018 at the Shangri-La at the Fort in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila.[65] Badminton was initially excluded by the hosts from the initial list, but was reinstated following the objections of the National Olympic Committees of Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Singapore, and Thailand.[66] Vovinam was later dropped from the finalized list of sports released by the organizers in mid-December 2018[67] and polo was included in January 2019.[46]

The following is a list of sports to be contested at the games including partial figures for the number of events in each sport:[67]

In addition the following will be demonstrations events.[68]:

The proposal to include additional sports was allowed through suggestions of the different NOCs until June 13, 2018.[29] There was reportedly a provision that a proposed sport must be backed by at least four nations to be instated to the list.[69] Among the sports proposed to be included in the final list are e-sports, netball, obstacle course, sambo, skateboarding, shuttlecock, surfing, water skiing, sports rock climbing, and aero sports[65] Malaysia planned to propose the inclusion of tennis, ice skating and martial arts which featured in the previous edition[66] while Cambodia lobbied for the inclusion of tennis, petanque, and vovinam.[69]

On September 30, 2018 during a meeting at the SEA Games Council Federation headquarters in Bangkok. The NOCs of Southeast Asia approved 56 sports in total to be contested in the Games; all sports were proposed by the NOC of the host nation except the disciplines of floorball, vovinam, and indoor hockey which were lobbied for by the other NOCs.[64] Arnis, a Filipino martial art, was last featured as a demonstration sport in the 2005 edition. Arnis will be a regular sport in the 2019 games, and its national sport association lobbied for 20 events for the discipline (16 in combat; 4 in anyo (lit. form))[70] The Philippines will introduce 3x3 basketball for the first time in the history of the games.[71]

Upon the approval of the 56 proposed sports, it was reported that no additional sports was to be added.[64] However the Philippine Olympic Committee later announced that it would propose the addition of beach handball and beach netball after consultations with the sports' respective national associations to the final list of sports to be contested in the games to be agreed upon on November.[72] Following a meeting of the Southeast Asian Games Federation Council from November 23-24, 2018, the approval of the 56 proposed sports were finalized with 529 events planned to be contested. The number of events was finalized by mid-December 2018.[32]

Underwater hockey was relegated to a demonstration sport due to insufficient nations participating in the events.[68]


During the Games, which will be held from November 30 to December 11 some sports events will be broadcast live. The broadcasting channels will be announced before or during the game.


  *   Host nation (Philippines)

2019 SEA Games Broadcasters rights in Southeast Asia
IOC Code Country Broadcast network Television network Radio network Digital network
BRU  Brunei TBA
CAM  Cambodia TBA
INA  Indonesia TBA
MAS  Malaysia TBA
MYA  Myanmar TBA
PHI  Philippines* TBA ABS-CBN[73], TV5[73]
SGP  Singapore TBA
THA  Thailand TBA
TLS  Timor Leste TBA
VIE  Vietnam TBA

In November 2018, it was reported that TV5 was negotiating for the broadcasting rights for the games in the Philippines.[74] ABS-CBN and TV5 will telecast the games on free TV, with ABS-CBN solely providing the coverage for the opening ceremonies.[73]

Concerns and controversies[edit]

  • The Philippines also withdrew to host the 2019 SEA Games after Brunei's withdrawal. But on August 2018 the Philippines Sports Commission reversed their decision and accepted to host 2019 SEA Games in the Philippines.[75]
  • The logo and mascot received backlash and heavy criticism, mostly from Filipinos. They cited that it shows no creativity and a disgust to the artistic culture of the Philippines.[76]
  • Vietnam criticized the exclusion of athletics events namely women's long jump, high jump, heptathlon, the marathon, the men's and women's 10,000m race which they consider as traditional events as "unreasonable". The marathon in particular has featured in every iteration of the games since the first edition in 1896.[77]
  • There were reports in March 2019 that the Philippines might lose hosting rights of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games due to budgetary concerns and an alleged leadership dispute within the Philippine Olympic Committee. The proposed budget allotted for the games has been cut down by Senate to ₱5 billion from ₱7.5 billion. The chairman of the organizing committee, Alan Peter Cayetano has assured that the hosting will push through citing support from the private sector and continued efforts by the organizers to secure government funding for the games.[78]
  • The Vietnam Football Federation filed a complaint regarding the seeding of the Vietnam national team in Pot 4 for the men's football tournament draw along with Laos, Cambodia, Brunei and Timor-Leste. They questioned how could Vietnam which collected 10 points in the group stage of the 2017 edition of the games or higher than the two teams seeded Pot 3 (Myanmar with 9 points and Singapore with 6 points).[79] Vietnam was later elevated to Pot 3 and Singapore relegated to Pot 4.[80]

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Preceded by
Kuala Lumpur
Southeast Asian Games

XXX Southeast Asian Games (2019)
Succeeded by