Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - SEA Games torch passes through Philippines’ leg of relay journey

SEA Games torch passes through Philippines’ leg of relay journey

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
SEA Games and ASEAN Para Games torch on the move in Tagaytay, the Philippines, on March 27. AKP

SEA Games torch passes through Philippines’ leg of relay journey

The SEA Games and ASEAN Para Games torch was proudly relayed through Tagaytay City in the Philippines on March 27, following a similar March 24 procession in the streets of the Vietnamese capital Hanoi.

The torch is making its way through the 10 nations that will attend the 32nd SEA Games and 12th ASEAN Para Games, which the Kingdom will host for the historic first time.

The torch run in Tagaytay City was solemn, and attended by sporting leaders, diplomats and well-known athletes of the Philippines.

Cambodian ambassador to the Philippines Phan Peuv was also present at the event.

“Today’s event reflected the close relationship between the people of Cambodia and the Philippines. It is a symbol of our commitment to the prosperity of ASEAN. I hope that the people of the Philippines will have a fantastic time in Cambodia during the games,” he said.

In the presence of Hor Sarun – secretary of state at the Ministry of Tourism and special envoy of the Cambodian SEA Games and ASEAN Para Games organising committees – the torch run went smoothly. Abraham Tolentino, president of the National Olympic Committee of the Philippines and other ASEAN ambassadors, as well as several other distinguished guests, took part.

“Today’s torch run was organised very well. This was a meaningful event for the peoples of the Philippines and Cambodia,” said Tolentino.

“We offer our full support to Cambodia as hosts and wish them every success. We are preparing to dispatch a team of 840 athletes to the games,” he added.

The torch began its journey in the hands of Sarun, who handed it to Peuv, before it was passed to Tolentino and then Michael Barredo, founding president of the Paralympic Committee of the Philippines.

Later, the torch was handed to Filipino elite athletes from the kickboxing, boxing, taekwondo, jiu-jitsu, cycling and football teams, closing with female football superstar Hali Long.

King Norodom Sihamoni lit the SEA Games torch at Angkor Wat Temple on the morning of March 21 – the morning of the Angkor Wat equinox – marking the kickoff of the relay.

“The Philippine ceremony was held in Tagaytay City, which is popular with tourists, to show the close link between sports and tourism. Sports support tourism, while tourism supports sports. Sports promote tourism, while tourism promotes sports,” he said.

Following the Philippine event, the torch will tour Brunei, Timor-Leste, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar and Laos until April 25. The torch will arrive in Stung Treng province on April 27, where it will be relayed around the Tonle Sap Lake. It will arrive at the Morodok Techo National Stadium to formally start the 32nd SEA Games opening ceremony on May 5.


  • Joy as Koh Ker Temple registered by UNESCO

    Cambodia's Koh Ker Temple archaeological site has been officially added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List, during the 45th session of the World Heritage Committee held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on September 17. The ancient temple, also known as Lingapura or Chok Gargyar, is located in

  • Cambodia set to celebrate Koh Ker UNESCO listing

    To celebrate the inscription of the Koh Ker archaeological site on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, the Ministry of Cults and Religion has appealed to pagodas and places of worship to celebrate the achievement by ringing bells, shaking rattles and banging gongs on September 20. Venerable

  • Ream base allegations must end, urges official

    A senior government official urges an end to the allegations and suspicions surrounding the development of Cambodia’s Ream Naval Base, now that Prime Minister Hun Manet has addressed the issue on the floor of the 78th UN General Assembly (UNGA 78). Jean-Francois Tain, a geopolitical

  • CP denied registration documents by ministry

    The Ministry of Interior will not reissue registration documents to the Candlelight Party (CP). Following a September 21 meeting between ministry secretary of state Bun Honn and CP representatives, the ministry cited the fact that there is no relevant law which would authorise it to do

  • Manet touches down in Beijing for high-level meetings

    Prime Minister Hun Manet arrived in Beijing on September 14 for his first official visit to China, where he is slated to attend the 20th China-ASEAN Expo and meet other leaders including Chinese President Xi Jinping. Upon his arrival, Manet laid a wreath at the Monument

  • Cambodian diaspora laud Manet’s UN Assembly visit

    Members of the Cambodian diaspora are rallying in support of Prime Minister Hun Manet’s forthcoming visit to the 78th UN General Assembly (UNGA 78) in the US’ New York City this week. Their move is an apparent response to a recent call by self-exiled former