JAKARTA, Indonesia – Jordan Clarkson looked every bit proud waving the Philippine flag as the Filipino-American NBA player led the country's 272-strong delegation in the opening ceremonies of the 2018 Asian Games here on Saturday night, August 18.
PHILIPPINES makes its way through the #AsianGames2018 opening ceremonies pic.twitter.com/ecVPo0mkAJ — Rappler Sports (@RapplerSports) August 18, 2018
Clarkson served as flag-bearer of the Philippine contingent that donned a modern barong tagalog designed by noted couturier Randy Ortiz. The custom-made barong features an embroidered “harimanok ” and sun on both breasts
LOOK: Jordan Clarkson leads the Philippines as the flag-bearer! Tune in here for live updates of the #AsianGames2018 opening ceremonies! https://t.co/SgTy3PAQY1 pic.twitter.com/0mZLyPnwVR — Rappler Sports (@RapplerSports) August 18, 2018
The Cleveland Cavaliers guard officially made it to the Asian Games lineup last Wednesday, August 15 after he received clearance from the NBA. He immediately accepted the role as the country's flag-bearer.
LOOK: PSC Medical Head Dr. Randolph Molo posing with Team Pilipinas cagers @JordanClarksons and @jcy18 at the 18th #AsianGames2018 opening ceremony at the GBK Stadium. | via @psc_gov #AsianGames LIVE UPDATES: https://t.co/hVttfJAWGx pic.twitter.com/5igWEboO7N — Rappler Sports (@RapplerSports) August 18, 2018
Philippine Olympic Committee president Ricky Vargas also beamed with excitement as he heads his first major international competition six months into the position.
Who is really excited? It’s Ricky Vargas in his first Asian Games as POC president. #AsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/tpdqTcDQeh — Rappler Sports (@RapplerSports) August 18, 2018
Among the Philippine delegates caught on the TV broadcast was basketball's favorite vlogger Christian Standhardinger, who made sure to catch everything in action with his pocket-sized camera.
The opening ceremonies won’t stop @cstandhardinger from vlogging! pic.twitter.com/qPMdoacZgg — Rappler Sports (@RapplerSports) August 18, 2018
The Philippines will compete in 33 sports from August 18 to September 2.
LABAN PILIPINAS! PUSO! LOOK: The Philippine delegation at the opening ceremonies of #AsianGames2018! Screenshots from 2018 Asian Games media center livestream https://t.co/hVttfJAWGx pic.twitter.com/RUtz92kaQA — Rappler Sports (@RapplerSports) August 18, 2018
More commonly known as “Bee”, Beatrice is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Phillippine 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.