Congrats! Choon How Wins Malaysia's FIRST Gold At SEA Games 2019

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President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday was preparing to welcome the first few thousand athletes, coaches and sports officials from the region in an opening ceremony to be lit by digital fireworks after nightfall in a huge indoor arena in Bocaue town north of Manila.

The Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group and student performers from different colleges and universities opened a night of entertainment and festivities with a variety of folk dances including the Tinikling.

The opening rites also showed the simultaneous lighting of the cauldron by Filipino boxing champions Emmanuel Pacquiao and Nesthy Petecio at the New Clark City.

Filipino-American rapper Allan Pineda Lindo, popularly known as apl.de.ap, along with musical artists Christian Bautista, Aicelle Santos, Jed Madela, KZ Tandingan, Robert Seña, Ana Fegi, Iñigo Pascual, Elmo Magalona, and the TNT Boys performed a medley of songs, including the 2018 SEA Games theme song, "We Win as One".

The Gilas Pilipinas Women's 3×3 team swept Day 1 of the preliminary rounds of 2019 SEA Games 3×3 Basketball tournament, going undefeated in three games at the FilOil Flying V Arena on Sunday.

Still, the win was a historic one for Filipinos as, before this, they have never won a gold medal in sepak takraw. "Now that he's gone, I had to try even harder to realize his wish", she said.

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Tony Award-winning performer Lea Salonga, who sang the SEA Games theme song "We Win As One" was not present because of a prior commitment overseas but the track was ably rendered in the ceremony by Christian Bautista, Aicelle Santos, Jed Madela, Messrs.

Trần Đức Phấn, head of the delegation and deputy head of the Việt Nam Sports Administration, said all athletes were ready and determined to do their best at the regional biennial event: "We are all ready for the competition".

Nguyen Duc Hoa (R) and Nguyen Thi Hai Yen at the quickstep event in dancesport at the 30th SEA Games in the Philippines, December 1, 2019. The 856-strong contingent including 568 athletes will take part in 43 out of 56 sports in the Philippines.

Fencer Vũ Thành An holds the national flag at the SEA Games' opening ceremony.

By lifting a total of 264 kg, Thanh also set a weightlifting record at SEA Games.

Malaysia's two silver medals came via exponents Wong Weng Son in the men's Changquan, and Fakrul Adam Fauzi Cruz in the men's under-90kg Kurash, while the bronze medals were contributed by the men's and women's floorball squad after defeating their respective opponents from the Philippines.

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