After all the days of the most exhilarating and thrilling sports event in the country, the 30th Southeast Asian Games or 2019 SEA Games is coming to a close. The biennial multi-sport event kicked off last November 30 and the final run is today, 11th of December 2019. This year’s competitions was marked by the first major decentralization in the history of the Games, with venues scattered across Luzon. The opening ceremony was held at the enormous Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. It was inspired by the SEA Games opening ceremonies in 2017 at Kuala Lumpur and 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
A total of eleven countries will participate in the 2019 SEA Games: Cambodia, Brunei, Laos, Indonesia, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Timor-Leste, Vietnam, Philippines, and Thailand. All 11,000 athletes, officials, and 9,000 volunteers came together in 530 events and 56 sports at 44 venues across Subic, Clark, Cavite, Batangas, Metro Manila, Laguna, and La Union.
The closing ceremony will be ended with a bang as famous American group Black Eyed Peas commemorates the grand finale of the Games. Lead by Filipino rapper Apl.de.Ap, the Black Eyed Peas, together with J. Balvin are set to rock the stage as they perform the song “Ritmo (Bad Boys For Life)” this Decmeber 11 at the athletics stadium in New Clark City, Capas, Tarlac. The song is the fruit of BEP’s collaboration with reggaeton superstar J. Balvin. The song is described as a mid-tempo hip-hop, reggae and pop fusion recently released last November 4 – a month ahead of the SEA Games. “Ritmo” is a latin word for “rhythm”. The single is BEP and J. Balvin’s futuristic reggaeton version of Corona’s original song “The Rhythm of the Night” and is the first Black Eyed Peas song under their new record label, Epic Records.