Today’s Southeast Asian Games Closing ceremony will surely be as legendary as the Games have been. As a fitting end to the event, international rap group the Black Eyed Peas will be rocking the stage for the entertainment of athletes and supporters. Even better, they will be closing out the ceremonies by serenading the audience in Filipino.
In a recent press conference held at the Manila Peninsula, Apl told fans that the closing show will be featuring his group’s greatest hits. Among these are a number of songs that feature Tagalog lyrics and reference Filipino culture.
“We are doing our hits and Tagalog parts in our album. It’s going to be a celebration for the athletes that gave their all to have a great SEA Games for the Philippines,” he said.
The Filipino rapper will be joined by his fellow Peas, Will I Am and Taboo on stage at the closing ceremonies tonight in New Clark City, Pampanga. Earlier, apl.de.ap posted a photo to Instagram inviting fans to watch the group’s performance.
While Apl.de.ap is known to the world as a famous musician and visionary artist, not everyone may know that he began his journey as Allan Pineda Lindo, a young man from Angeles, Pampanga armed with a dream and extraordinary talent.
The 30th SEA Games have been called the biggest in history – hosting 56 sports and over 500 events, the 11-day sporting meet has given thousands of athletes from the region the chance to show their talents.
Within just days of the event’s opening, international sporting communities were already expressing their interest in tapping the Philippines as hosts of even larger sporting events, like the 2030 Asian Games.
The hosting of the event was spearheaded by the Philippine Sea Games Organizational Committee (PHISGOC), led by Chairman Alan Peter Cayetano.