INTERNATIONAL music star apl.de.ap—Allan Pineda Lindo in real life—will highlight the grand Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 30th Southeast Asian Games the country is hosting at the end of the year.

Pineda, a certified world-class rapper, will highlight the opening ceremony on November 30 at the 55,000-seat Philippine Arena in Bulacan. It marks the first time in SEA Games history that an opening ceremony will be held indoors.

On December 11, the Filipino-American, who was born in Sapang Bato, Angeles, Pampanga, will be joined by his world-famous group, Black Eyed Peas, for the closing ceremony at the Athletics Stadium at New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac.

Ryan Cayabyab is also lending his mastery of musing in the ceremonies where some 10,000 participants from the other 10 visiting countries are expected to gather in the Philippine Arena and three other locations during the opening rites.

"Thank you for having me as part of this tremendous and prestigious sporting event. I wouldn't miss it for the world," Pineda said.

"I was born in Sapang Bato [Angeles, Pampanga]. We have a brand new stadium there. I can't wait to perform and do the closing ceremony. I'm really proud to be part of this. Salamat po," he added.

Pineda formalized his participation in the SEA Games through a contract signing at the House of Representatives on Tuesday with House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, also the chairman of the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee, along with Philippine Olympic Committee President Abraham Tolentino, Phisgoc COO Ramon Suzara and Philippine Sports Commission Commissioners Ramon Fernandez and Arnold Agustin.

The Olympic Council of Malaysia, meanwhile, recently welcomed a Phisgoc delegation which went on a working visit to the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.

The team—composed of Director for Ceremonies and Cultural Events Mike Aguilar, Director for Support Jojit Alcazar and Head of Torch Relay Sandra Dy—proposed to organize a Torch Relay-related event in the Malaysian capital in October.

They were welcomed by OCM Secretary-General Dato' Mohd Nazifuddin, General Manager Wan Hor Fong and Games Operations Manager Norhashimi Hussain.

 

 

 

Date: August 22, 2019 | By: Ramon Bonilla | Newspaper: Business Mirror | Source: https://businessmirror.com.ph/2019/08/21/apl-de-ap-opens-closes-30th-southeast-asian-games/