LOOK: 2019 SEA Games medals, uniforms showcase Filipino art

Beatrice Go
LOOK: 2019 SEA Games medals, uniforms showcase Filipino art
Filipino artists get to showcase their talents when the country hosts the regional meet


MANILA, Philippines – It’s no surprise that the 2019 Southeast Asian Games will be a celebration of Filipino culture. 

Filipino artists get to showcase their talents in the designs of the officials’ uniforms, medals, and torch when the country hosts the regional biennial meet. (WATCH: 2019 SEA Games launches theme song by Ryan Cayabyab)

Here are some of the looks that we’ll see in the event that will run from November 30 to December 11: 


The proposed design of the medals highlight an engraved aerial view of the New Clark City athletics stadium. 

The design in front features the 30th SEA Games logo, as well as the host country’s name. 




REPRESENTATION. The torch's design draws inspiration from a national symbol. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

The torch’s design is inspired by the Filipino national flower – the sampaguita – which symbolizes purity, simplicity, humility and strength. 

The hammered portions of the torch, a product of Filipino metal works, is a representation of the rays of the sun in the Philippine flag.



Victory ceremony presenters’ uniforms

TRADITION. The presenters of the victory ceremony will be wearing traditional Filipino costumes. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler


The presenters during the awarding ceremony will be donning the country’s traditional costumes – the Balintawak dress, the Barong Tagalog and Baro’t Saya. 

The Balintawak dress (left), also known as the mestiza dress, is characterized by a shortened skirt and puffy butterfly short sleeves. 

The Barong Tagalog (center) is the formal men’s wear of the Philippines that is made out of indigenous fabrics and is worn over an undergarment called camisa de chino

The Baro’t Saya (right) is a two-piece outfit, where the top is made of the local handwoven piña fabric and jusi fabric, while the skirt’s pattern is inspired by traditional Ifugao textiles. 

All of the costumes have the 30th SEA Games logo embroidered on the top left corner of the blouses. 


Officials’ uniforms

READY. The volunteers sport a red polo shirt uniform. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

The Southeast Asian Federation (SEAF) officials will sport a blue polo shirt and jacket, while the technical officials will wear a green version. For the volunteers, they will be assigned to wear a red polo shirt of the same design while the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) will be in navy blue. 




Business uniforms

FILIPINO ART. The business uniforms are designed by the world-renowned Rajo Laurel. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

The business uniforms are designed by internationally-acclaimed Filipino fashion designer Rajo Laurel. 

Laurel was able to create two sets of uniforms for the women, while the men will have 3 kinds to choose from. 

The first set of uniforms presented were in a black blazer style, which is highlighted by silver embroidery in the center. 



The second set is in white, which is similar to the style of the Filipino national costume. The women’s outfit is a long-sleeved blouse with a sash around the waist, while the men will have two options for the white business uniform. 



– Rappler.com 



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Beatrice Go

More commonly known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Philippine sports governance, national teams, football, and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.