The ceremonial torch of the 30th Southeast Asian Games is inspired by the Sampaguita.
According to Ian Cruz’s article on 24 Oras, the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) chose the renowned Philippine metal sculptor Daniel Dela Cruz’s model for a torch that would illuminate the biennial multi-sport event.
Dela Cruz said that the national flower of the Philippines symbolizes the grace, modesty, and power of the Filipinos.
The 8-ray sun from the Philippine flag is also included in the design of the torch.
Weighing 1,5 kilos, the torch is made of metal alloy and wood and it took Dela Cruz a year to make it.
The ceremonial torch relay will start on October 30 in Davao City, then continue to Cebu before it ends in Luzon.
The torch will also be used at the opening ceremonies of the SEA Games Cauldron on 30 November.
The Games will start on December 11th.
The Sampaguita last received global attention when Miss Universe 2019 Catriona Gray wore a retro flower-inspired tern during her homecoming parade.
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