Boxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening

first_imgView comments FILE – SEA Games Torch Run ahead of the opening. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines — Not much has been said about the opening ceremony of the 30th Southeast Asian Games on Saturday at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan as the organizing committee and top sports officials have kept the cards close to their chest regarding the matter.Philippine Olympic Committee president Bambol Tolentino, though, unintentionally shed some light on what to expect in the opening ceremony.ADVERTISEMENT ‘People evacuated on their own’ Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down No skate parks: Vietnam medal hopefuls skating under the nose of Lenin Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesdaycenter_img Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Initially, world champion gymnast Carlos Yulo and boxing legend Manny Pacquiao were named the Philippines’ torchbearers before last-minute changes were made.Instead, Pacquiao will now be joined by a fellow boxing champion in Nesthy Petecio in lighting the cauldron.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“Nesthy and senator Manny will be the torchbearers because the two won’t have any events to participate in [the following day],” Tolentino told reporters in Filipino Wednesday in a press conference. “Caloy was supposed to be the one but he has an event scheduled.”Tolentino also had a slip of the tongue when he bared that sports icons such as Paeng Nepomuceno, Lydia de Vega and Elma Muros are among the ones who will carry the SEA Games Federation flag. NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas LATEST STORIES Petecio will also join Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz (weightlifting), EJ Obiena (pole vault), Margielyn Didal (skateboarding), Kiyomi Watanabe (judo) and Eumir Marcial (boxing) in carrying the Philippine flag during the parade of athletes.How the controversial cauldron, which is located at New Clark City, will be lighted remains a mystery.“It’s a surprise for everyone.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more