In front of thousands of local and international spectators, inside the Philippines’ largest arena, and with the country’s renowned artists and performers, a number of Pasay City West High School students and alumni were given a chance to perform in the much-awaited opening ceremonies of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games at the Philippine Arena, Bulacan province, northern Philippines on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019.
Eighteen students and 10 alumni of the school performed with 10 students of the Technological University of the Philippines and the Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group (ROFG). Their dance showcased Maranao’s native game Sepak Takraw which was choreographed by Dr. Omar Aguilar, the school’s OIC-Head (MAPEH department) and the trainer of the PCWHS Performing Arts.
Cherry Ylanan, RFOG’s dance director tapped Dr. Aguilar to choreograph the dance. Though busy in the ongoing Division Palaro, the group did not back down and accepted the challenge. They did their rehearsals in the school ground during school days and in Britanny Fairview during weekends. The Folkloric group took care of the transportation allowance as well as the costume of the participants. Renowned designer Eric Pineda made their Maranao-inspired costume. Anjo Luciano and Ignacio Tolentino assisted Dr. Aguilar and the students during the performance.
The 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games opening ceremonies highlighted Filipino talent of all kinds.