The time has come for the Games to (officially) begin!

The 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games opening ceremony is finally happening tonight at 7 at the 55,000-seater Philippine Arena in Bulacan.

Taking to the stage is an impressive line-up of Filipino artists — from concert icons, theater stars to hot young artists. These are Black Eyed Peas’ Apl.de.ap, Lani Misalucha, Robert Seña, Aicelle Santos, Anna Fegi, Christian Bautista, KZ Tandingan, Jed Madela, the TNT Boys, Iñigo Pascual and Elmo Magalona.

They are set to sing a medley of songs including the SEA Games theme song We Win As One, originally recorded by Lea Salonga, written by theater and TV veteran director Floy Quintos and composed by National Artist for Music Ryan Cayabyab.

Apart from these 11 singers, the show also features the award-winning Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group and the dance crews of different colleges and universities.

The one-and-a-half hour program will have four major suites or productions under the creative direction of Quintos with Cayabyab as the musical consultant.

Live content producer Fivecurrents has been tapped to produce the opening ceremony of the latest edition of the biennial sporting showdown that brings together athletes from 11 countries.

The US-based content creators produced Olympic ceremonies such as London (2012 Olympics) and Sochi (2014 Winter Olympics) as well as regional games ceremonies like Jakarta (2018 Asian Games) and Baku (2015 European Games), a statement from the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) said.

With just a few hours to go until the opening ceremony of the SEA Games, check out these exclusive, behind-the-scenes photos of preparations in the lead-up to what has been touted as a grand showcase of Philippine performing talent, music, beauty and culture.

Cheer dancers from different universities are tapped for the opening ceremony.
These are cheer dancers from Far Eastern University.
Dancers rehearse for the hip-hop and street dance suite.
A glimpse at the costumes being readied backstage.
Staff are busy preparing the costumes for the four productions during the program.
A production team member holds one of the costumes to be worn for the opening segment.
Rehearsal for the La Jota Manilena Parade suite
Here’s another look at the La Jota Manilena Parade practice.
The lights are being tested in the Philippine Arena.

Meanwhile, organizers have released the latest reminders for those attending the 2019 SEA Games Opening Ceremony at the Philippine Arena.

TOP 5 THINGS TO REMEMBER FOR THE OPENING GAMES!Get the best 2019 SEA Games Opening Ceremony experience by checking the details below.#WeWinAsOne#2019SeaGames#PHFOrOne

Nai-post ni 2019 SEA Games noong Biyernes, Nobyembre 29, 2019

The show will be aired at 7 p.m. through the broadcast partner ABS-CBN.

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