Sea Games torch ready to light the way

The ceremonial long relay of runners carrying torches to convey the flame to the site of the games will be witnessed in the upcoming biennial multi-sport event of the Southeast Asian region. Extending in the same direction, the torch is carried ceremonially during sports events to embody purity and struggle for perfection. A flaming torch is a beacon of light that is ignited to shine forth and set alight. It is an insignia of both enlightenment and faith. A torch held up high signifies life, veracity and the renewing power of flame. It is likened to a belief, tradition, acumen or knowledge; a torch with origins in the past that is passed on to the next generation. The flame is an emblem used in the Olympic movement – a symbol of accord and friendship. 

The 2019 SEA Games will be held from November 30, 2019 to December 11, 2019 and will be participated by eleven nations namely: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste and Vietnam. The Philippines will host the upcoming 30TH Southeast Asian Games for the fourth time. With 100 days to go before the 30TH SEA Games this November 2019, The Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) bared that the SEA Games torch has been designed and tested. According to PHISGOC COO Ramon Suzara, the torch is a representative of the Philippines’ goal of lighting the way towards a higher level of organizing the biennial games which is on its 30TH year. Suzara added that the torch design itself is representative of our culture of excellence and our desire for unity among the member states of ASEAN. 

The parading of the flame will also be witnessed during the Torch Run and the Opening Ceremony of the 2019 SEA Games. The official torch to be used in the upcoming regional sports event has been designed by the country’s foremost metal sculptor, Daniel dela Cruz. It will be a signature piece of artwork portraying national symbols of the Philippines. His torch design for the 30TH SEA Games is inspired by and is a stylized interpretation of our Philippine national flower – the sampaguita, symbolizing purity, simplicity, humility and strength. The hammered portion of metal harks back to our traditional crafts of metal working. The eight-rayed golden sun symbolizes unity, sovereignty, social equality, and independence. The sun with its eight rays is reflective of the Philippine flag representing the first eight provinces of the country that rose up in insurrection against Spain: Manila, Bulacan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Laguna, Batangas and Cavite. 

Daniel dela Cruz is mainly known for his unique style of metal working, a technique of combining different metals to form highly intricate and expressive works of art. His crowning achievement to date is the creation and the installation of the country’s largest Crucifix which stands 7 meters high installed in September 2016 at the St. Michael Archangel Parish Church, Bonifacio Global City.