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2019, November 30.  Southeast Asian Games (SeaGames), 30th Anniversary

Litho Offset, Amstar Printing Company, Inc.,  Perf 14

Se-tenant Blocks of 4, Miniature Sheets of 8;  Souvenir Sheets of 2





Se-tenant Blocks of Four  (12,500)

 12p  Weightlifting

  12p  Badminton

 12p  Cycling

 12p  Billiards 


67p - Souvenir Sheets of Two - 4,000


Miniature Sheets of 8 (Two Se-tenant B/4) - 6,250


Layout Artist:  Rodine C. Teodoro


First Day Covers:  Manila





The Philippines is the host of the 30th Southeast Asian Games, November 30 to December 11, 2019. There are fifty-six sports spread out over a total of five hundred thirty separate events, operating at different venues such as Clark, Subic, Metro Manila, and other areas. This SEA Games is notable for the inclusion of e-sports (a form of sport competition using video games).

The first Southeast Asian Games started in 1959 and is held as a biennial event.  This year there are eleven participating countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam, and the Philippines.  The late National Artist for Architecture Francisco “Bobby” Mañosa designed the cauldron to be lit with the torch crafted by metal sculptor Daniel dela Cruz. National Artist for Music Ryan Cayabyab composed the official theme song "We Win as One" with lyrics by Floy Quintos. The opening ceremony will be held at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan and the closing ceremony at The New Clark City Athletics Stadium in Capas, Tarlac. 

This will be the Philippines' fourth time to host the games, and its first since 2005. Previously, it had also hosted the 1981 and 1991 editions of the games. The 2019 edition is most notable for being the first edition to include esports and obstacle course as well as having the highest number of sports in the history of the games, at a total of 56.

In July 2015, the Philippines agreed to host the games after Brunei's withdrawal. However, the Philippines' hosting was left uncertain following the withdrawal of government support two years later as it planned to use the funds intended for the games for the rehabilitation of Marawi after being occupied by ISIS supporters.

 Thailand and Indonesia offered to host the games,  however, by 16 August 2017, the Philippine government announced the reversal of the withdrawal.  The country's hosting of the 30th SEA Games is tagged as a "stepping stone" for its possible bid to host the 2030 Asian Games.





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