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Opening Ceremony | 8th ASEAN Para Games 2015

October 1, 2019

FEMALE MC: The first sentence starts with
10 … MALE COMMENTATOR: We’ve been celebrating the
extraordinary in Singapore throughout its 50th Jubilee year, and the year is coming
to an end in appropriate fashion with the first ASEAN Para Games to be held here in
Singapore. FEMALE COMMENTATOR: Well, the stage is set
and over the next hour-and-a-half or so we’re going to be bringing you glimpses of the various
sports, from archery to badminton, boccia, cerebral palsy football, including goalball
and plenty more. FEMALE MC: … to your side and bring it around
– for ASEAN, like this. MALE MC: Oh, this is like the ASEAN logo! FEMALE MC: Exactly. MALE MC: Ah! FEMALE MC: The next sentence… MALE COMMENTATOR: Singapore’s ever-changing
skyline is the backdrop for the Opening Ceremony of this 8th ASEAN Para Games. FEMALE COMMENTATOR: This biennially held event
will see over 1,500 athletes from 10 ASEAN nations competing in 15 sports, battling for
medals in over 500 events, and it’s being held here in Singapore for the very first
time. MALE COMMENTATOR: Over the next week you can
expect an inspirational and competitive festival of sport that showcases the skill and courage
of South East Asia’s best para athletes. FEMALE COMMENTATOR: It’s a great way to bring
Singapore’s Golden Jubilee celebrations to a finale, but first let’s get things underway
at the Singapore Indoor Stadium with the first of five artistic movements that make up the
Opening Ceremony. MALE COMMENTATOR: So, sit back, enjoy the
show and be ready to be inspired. MALE MC: … exclusively … from not only
Singapore, but Malaysia and the Philippines are watching this live on their television
sets and social media websites. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) FEMALE MC: Amazing! Everybody, let’s have
a big cheer for our friends all over the world! MALE MC: Yay! FEMALE MC: Whooooooooo! # The eye of the storm
# Standing still # Against the tide
# I’m setting sail # At the end of the day Because I know no bounds. # Giants will fall Because it’s about believing that I can. # Mountains will crumble Because it’s about going out there and doing
what I want. # What is a flag but a cloth to wrap the spirit Because I find a different entrance into a
building. # What is her face … # … but a dance with friends through the
fire Because I’m just like you. # When everything else fades … Because I’m not like you. # What is a dream but a childhood memory Because I am Aishah. Because “Aishah” means life. # Look to your heart
# Look to your heart Because I am a champion. FEMALE COMMENTATOR: That was Singapore shooter
Aishah Samad. At the start of each of the five movements in tonight’s ASEAN Para Games
Opening Celebration we’ll introduce you to some of the athletes who will be gracing the
next six days. MALE COMMENTATOR: We start with Movement No.
1 of 5. This is called “Stretching the Boundaries”. This opening performance by Luo Mang and the
NAFA Dancers. Luo Mang is a young lady who’s got mild autism. This is the first of five movements we’re
going to be getting tonight from dancers and contributors of all abilities. FEMALE COMMENTATOR: We’re also showcasing
the kaleidoscopic cultural melting pot of Singapore, with seven different nationalities,
including Thailand, the Philippines, Japan and China, all of them performing here tonight
at the Indoor Stadium. An intricate performance utilising Pilates
stretching bands, showcasing and demonstrating how our athletes push the boundaries and move
beyond them. MALE COMMENTATOR: All of the items you’re
going to see tonight are intended to celebrate the creative possibilities of people of all
abilities. It is a multimedia extravaganza. The aim is to enhance our understanding of
ability, disability and difference. Although this is a sporting event, this is
a celebration of the marriage of the sport and the arts. Sports stars as performers is
going to be a constant theme throughout the night and for the next week. FEMALE COMMENTATOR: This beautiful piece is
also been choreographed by Dr Filomar Tario, who is a dance therapy expert. MALE COMMENTATOR: The Creative Director and
the Music Director is Philip Tan. FEMALE COMMENTATOR: You see on the giant screen
behind a beautiful animation, hand drawn by Kleopatra Korai, and you’ll see her work
throughout the show. The animation highlighting the various sports that we will see, all 15
of them, over the next week here in Singapore. MALE COMMENTATOR: The show is a collaboration
of two years of work, getting all kinds of artists and performers together. That was
celebrating the extraordinary – “Stretching the Boundaries”. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) FEMALE MC: Good evening, ladies and gentlemen.
Welcome to Singapore. Your Excellencies, distinguished guests, ladies
and gentlemen, the President of the Republic of Singapore, Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam. # If we just reach for all of our dreams … FEMALE MC: Accompanying him is Minister for
Culture, Community and Youth … # We’ll find they are never as far as they
seem FEMALE MC: … and Chairperson of the Singapore
ASEAN Para Games Organising Committee, Ms Grace Fu. # Just reach up high as we can # Then the future will be in our hands # And the dream will be ours in the end MALE COMMENTATOR: Obviously the main event
for tonight, as well as the show, is to declare the games open, and that is what President
Tony Tan will do in a short while. # Follow the road that we’ve chosen to take MALE COMMENTATOR: We will also be meeting
all of the athletes. There will be a parade of athletes still to come. # Know that it leads to a higher ground FEMALE COMMENTATOR: That’s always the best
bit, isn’t it? Seeing who will be putting on a great show for us over the next week. # Strengthen and build with the plans we must
make FEMALE COMMENTATOR: And it’s also a chance
for them to relax and enjoy the beautiful show that Singapore has put on here. # Eyeing the target we’re bound for
# How do we know if we’re on the right track? MALE COMMENTATOR: Mixing with the athletes
… # What if the path’s uncertain? MALE COMMENTATOR: … the big thing for the
athletes, they say, “Listen, we’re athletes first. We may have disabilities, but we’re
athletes first.” # All we must know is, there’s no turning
back MALE COMMENTATOR: “We’re here to achieve the
best we can, pick up gold medals where we can …” # All we must do is try MALE COMMENTATOR: “… but certainly to push
our own boundaries”, and that is the full message of this week. FEMALE MC: Ladies and gentlemen, as is customary
for those who can, please rise for the National Anthem. # Mari kita rakyat Singapura # Sama-sama menuju bahagia # Cita-cita kita yang mulia # Berjaya Singapura # Marilah kita bersatu # Dengan semangat yang baru # Semua kita berseru # Majulah Singapura # Majulah Singapura # Marilah kita bersatu # Dengan semangat yang baru # Semua kita berseru # Majulah Singapura # Majulah Singapura (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) FEMALE COMMENTATOR: A beautiful rendition
from the children from Cannosian School, Cerebral Palsy Alliance of Singapore, the Association
for Persons with Special Needs, Rainbow Centre, School of the Arts and Sin Ming Secondary
School, as well as the Nanyang Primary School. FEMALE MC: Good evening, ladies and gentlemen,
and welcome to the Opening Ceremony of the 8th ASEAN Para Games 2015 … broadcasting
live through the Singapore … MALE COMMENTATOR: We also need to point out
there’s an interpreter. All of the performances tonight are being associated by Sign Language.
Neo Yew Kim was the interpreter on the National Anthem. The bansuri flute player you heard
was Raghavendran Rajarekaran, and the singers are Rosemary from the Cerebral Palsy Alliance
and Vivian Voo from Cannosian. Great job. Well done. FEMALE MC: … the 8th ASEAN Para Games for
the very first time here in Singapore. # Come my sisters keep shining your light # Like a thousand voices, all through the
night MALE COMMENTATOR: Tonight … FEMALE COMMENTATOR: So the flag is now flying
high and I think the crowd is definitely gearing up for a fantastic performance. # Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go and get your
flags up MALE MC: Tonight’s Opening Ceremony has 661
performers, 120 motivators, 174 volunteers and 454 students, many of them from special
education schools here in Singapore. Well, isn’t that fantastic? FEMALE MC: Absolutely. And this … (VIDEO PLAYS) … I’m a professional photographer. I hope
that my images and my videos can inspire and change the perception of how we view para
athletes. I have seen what the London Olympics have done, the way they express the pictures
and they show that the para athletes are actually so powerful. So I hope that what I’m doing
now is able to have that kind of reach. MALE MC: There is live interpretation … and
also streaming live captions. These are a first for the 8th ASEAN Para Games. # Come our time is now let our colours collide
# Come on, run this race with pride # With a thousand hearts but we’re beating
as one # Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go and get your
flags up FEMALE MC: Awesome. It really, really is.
And, you know, what’s also amazing is the following: a set of handmade sculptures created
by students of … MALE COMMENTATOR: This is the first time in
ASEAN Para Games history that sign language and interpreters and live captioning are being
incorporated as part of the show. We don’t necessarily see it on our screens, but the
audience inside are certainly getting that, and the interpreters are performers as well.
They are also participating. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) FEMALE COMMENTATOR: Each of the figurines
there sculpted by the Association for Persons with Special Needs. As we count down to welcome in our athletes. MALE COMMENTATOR: Indeed. This is the parade that we were discussing
before. These are the stars of the show of the next week or so. Ten nations represented
in this 8th ASEAN Para Games. And we’ll be starting with the competitors
coming from Brunei Darussalam, or Brunei. Contingent size is 45, 27 of whom are athletes. The Chef de Mission is Haji Binti Haji Mohamed
Salleh. She’s the Acting Assistant Director of Youth and Sports Development. The flagbearer is Alihan Muda. He is competing
in athletics, one of the 15 sports that we’ve got. Alihan won one gold, one silver and one bronze
in last year’s games that took place in Naypyidaw. Brunei’s best showing was in 2009 when in
Kuala Lumpur, the 5th edition, they had a medal tally of nine gold medals, five silver
and eight bronze. In 2014 they had a total of 12, two of which
were gold medals. Their target for this event in Singapore is
to win more than two, especially in athletics and bowling. They’re competing in four of the 15 sports,
those four being athletics, table tennis, swimming and bowling. And one of the star names is Shari Bin Haji
Jumaát, Brunei’s first athlete to compete at a Paralympic Games, and he competed in
London in the javelin. He’s been involved in Paralympic sport since
2001, with a PB of 29.83m in the javelin in the 2014 ASEAN Para Games. In Incheon he finished
third in the javelin. That is Brunei. FEMALE COMMENTATOR: As we welcome Cambodia. This year we’re welcoming a total contingent
of 39, this year. Of course, in the 2014 games they raked in
a total of nine medals, three of them gold, four silver and two bronze. They are being led in by their flagbearer,
Van Vun, a wheelchair racer. He’s got an incredible schedule. Every single day at 5 a.m. he trains for an
hour-and-a-half, powering around the Samdech Hun Sen Park in his wheelchair, racing back
and forth over the bridge connecting it to Koh Pich. He has put in a lot of hard work, and all
his practice is going to come to fruition here as we see him take part. In the past ASEAN games, he managed to bag
gold and silver medals for numerous events on the track. And their Chef de Mission, His Excellency
Mr Yi Veasna, Advisor to the Royal Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia. Secretary General
of the NPC of Cambodia as well, Mr Veasna has 19 years of experience in the
charity sector and is devoted to empowering the disabled in Cambodia. Due to the civil unrest, they do have over
40,000 landmine survivors. So, for them sport isn’t just about winning medals. For them
it’s a way to change their life, and they’re looking to do so right here in Singapore at
the ASEAN Para Games 2015. FEMALE MC: Get ready to wave, in 3, 2, 1.
Gooo! MALE COMMENTATOR: Indonesia up next, and a
quick mention, we’re going to mention the word “para” games a lot. “Para” is derived
from the word “parallel”, and it’s a games for para athletes parallel with the games
for able bodied athletes. So, Indonesia up next. 189 athletes, four
sports assistants. Their flagbearer is Anto Boi, a powerlifting athlete. He bagged gold in powerlifting at the 7th
Para Games in Myanmar. That was their best showing, when Indonesia topped the medal haul
for the very first time. One of their other star performers is Osrita
Muslim, who will be playing table tennis. Osrita won silver and bronze in Thailand in
2008 for table tennis and won two silver and two bronze at the 2009 games in Malaysia,
returning for another chance, this time trying to pick up gold. The 2014 games, as we mentioned, the first
time Indonesia emerged as champion in the ASEAN Para Games. They broke Thailand’s five-time
domination at No. 1, the bulk of their medals coming from athletics, 31 gold, and 36 gold
in swimming. They are confident in all of the sports, especially swimming, table tennis
and shooting, and they’ve set themselves a target of 103 gold this year, four more than
their previous number. So, Indonesia are coming here very much to compete. Opportunity at
the Para Games, they are looking for medals. FEMALE COMMENTATOR: As Indonesia complete
their paradepast, we now welcome Lao People’s Democratic Republic. A total contingent size of 61 athletes and
officials joining us here. 40 athletes will be competing. The Chef de Mission, Mr Bodhisane Praseuth,
and Vice-President of the Lao Paralympic Committee. If you follow the sports scene in Laos, Mr
Simay Eay will be a name that you’ll remember. A powerlifting athlete, he got himself a bronze
in the 2008 Paralympic Games in the men’s up to 49 kilograms category. He was Laos’
sole competitor in that edition of the games and he managed to walk away with the bronze
there. In Naypyidaw they managed six medals in total
– three silver and three bronze. They are the underdogs of this year’s games. They have made improvements in recent years,
from tallies of just a single silver and a single bronze in 2009 and ’11, to as I said
three silver and three bronze in 2014. They’ve also seen their contingent size increase
steadily, and another one of their athletes to look out for will be Xaysomphou Soukdavy.
She represents Laos in the sport of goalball. She loves it. It’s a team sport. It’s great.
It’s also a very popular sport for the visually impaired. The team sport involves close listening
and cooperation between the team members. FEMALE MC: Goalball was invented in 1946 and
this game is played in teams of three. FEMALE COMMENTATOR: Invented in 1946. It’s
played in so many different countries now throughout the world. FEMALE MC: Everybody, are you ready, set?
3, 2, 1. Wave! MALE COMMENTATOR: The Kallang Wave is being
performed and it’s quite unique, what’s going on out there. The Kallang Wave is part of the deliberately
orchestrated work of the creative directing team, and also there are several people, volunteers,
the likes of Alice Bee, 78 years of age, who is encouraging the crowd to get involved in
the Kallang Wave. Malaysia come on next. They’re taking this very seriously, I do promise
you. 192 athletes. The Chef de Mission, Ang Kean
Koo, Vice-President of the Paralympic Council of Malaysia. The flagbearer, Mohammad Ridzuan
Mohamad Puzi. He’s competing in athletics. He set a record for long jump athletics in
the 2014 Asian Para Games in Incheon. The country’s best ever showing was in 2001,
the inaugural games held in Malaysia, where they were first. They were third at the last
event in 2014 in Naypyidaw. Their medal tally 140 in total: 50 gold, 49 silver, 41 bronze. Athletics is the main sport for Malaysia. They’ve hosted the most number of ASEAN Para
Games: the inaugural one in 2001; then the 2009, the 5th edition; and they’re hosting
the next one in 2017, and I can promise you the events are already being prepared for. One of their star players is Cheah Liek How,
a badminton player, who has won many awards in past ASEAN Para Games. He’s the only double gold medallist at the
2010 Asian Para Games held in Guangzhou, China. And for badminton, for his sport, I can tell
you that that is going to be involved in the 2020 Paralympics. FEMALE COMMENTATOR: As you can see there,
the musicians on the mini stages to the righthand side accompanying our athletes as they march
out, reflects South East Asian flavours with fusions of sounds made with traditional regional
instruments, with Western instruments as well. So, you would have heard a change in music
as we welcomed Myanmar. A total contingent size of 150 athletes and
officials led out by their flagbearer, who will be competing in athletics. And their
Chef de Mission. At the last edition of the games, Myanmar
raked in a total of 96 medals, 34 of them being gold, 26 silver and 36 bronze. Of course, they were the hosts of last year’s
7th edition of the games in Naypyidaw. They came in fifth last year and they’ll definitely
be hoping to increase their position. Their best showing was in Kuala Lumpur in
2001, where they got third overall. But one thing they’ve noticed is that, since
they hosted the games, they’ve doubled their para sports teams from five to ten. It’s not just about the medals, but it’s also
about increasing the exposure. One of their promising young athletes that
they are hoping to get medals from, Inn Gyn Khin, she’s just 16 years old. She’ll be taking
part in the 100m, 200m and long jump events in athletics. Myanmar are certainly one to watch in these
games. MALE COMMENTATOR: If you look at the big backdrop
as well you can see the images of the respective countries are being put onto the big screen
as well. We’re seeing some gorgeous shots of the Philippines
in the backdrop and that tells you, as well as the change of music, that the Philippines
are the next nation to make their way forward in the parade of athletes. Ten nations competing in these ASEAN Para
Games. The Philippines are sending 64 athletes under
the Chef de Mission, Gerardo Rasario, a former swimmer who competed in the 1972 Summer Olympics
and the ’76 Olympics for the Philippines. They were sixth in the 2014 games with a total
of 60 medals, 20 of which were gold, 19 silver, 21 bronze. This year’s contingent are looking to pull
in medals in athletics, swimming, table tennis and, being the Philippines, basketball of
course. In 2005, the ASEAN Para Games, the third edition,
were held in Manila, and the Philippines introduced sailing as a demo sport. Wheelchair basketball
and wheelchair tennis also played for the first time. As our musicians play on … they are the
accompaniment. The flagbearer is Sander Severino, a chess
player. In the 2014 games in Myanmar he won three gold, one silver and two team golds. And another name to look out for over the
next week’s worth of competition is swimmer Gary Bejino. He took silver and bronze medals
in the 2013 Asian Youth Para Games. When he was seven years of age he was injured
and thought he’d never be able to swim again, but he tried, he practised and now he’s
excelling, winning medals in regional games. FEMALE COMMENTATOR: We welcome the traditional
sporting powerhouses here, Thailand, who fell short last year of Indonesia, who managed
to clinch top spot. Thailand will be hoping to regain that top spot. They’re five-time champions of the ASEAN
Para Games, this time round fielding 261 athletes, with 17 sports assistants. Their Chef de Mission
is Mr Pitak Pakhan, Vice-President of Sports for Physical Therapy Association of Thailand
and Chairman of Sports Technical Committee of Paralympics in Thailand. Now, their flagbearer, Mr Rawat Tana, is a
wheelchair racer. He won two gold medals at the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Greece. As I said, Thailand are traditionally the
sporting powerhouses of the region. Their best ever showing was in 2008: 449 medals in total, 256 of them gold. Last year they raked in 248, with 96 gold,
82 silver and 70 bronze. Now, if you are wondering, “Of all those 216
athletes, which one should I be looking out for?” Well, Wasana Khuthawisap will be competing
in archery. Now, the first time archery was ever held
for people with disabilities took place at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in 1948 for recovering
veterans of the Second World War. So, archery is definitely a sport you should
check out if you’re thinking of heading down to the venues or if you’re going to be catching
up with all the coverage. MALE COMMENTATOR: A change of tempo, a change
of backdrop, a change of country. And I tell you, if there’s one person you
really want to look out for over the next week or so, look out for the flagbearer of
Vietnam. It’s the 31 year old Le Van Kong. He won Vietnam’s first gold medal in the 2014
Asian Para Games in Incheon. That’s impressive. But in the opening day of the 2015 powerlifting
Asian Open Championships in Kazakhstan he broke the world record in the men’s 49 kilogram
category and after three attempts he conquered the 177 kilo mark. That’s one kilo higher
than the second ranked Adesokhan Yakubu from Nigeria. So, we’ve got world record breakers,
and here’s the flagbearer, Le Van Kong. 127 athletes representing Vietnam. Their Chef
de Mission is Vu The Phiet. He has been the Chef de Mission of international events since
2001. The country’s best showing were the 2003 games,
held in Hanoi, when Vietnam came second. They won 81 golds in that edition. In 2014 they
were fourth overall, a medal tally of 185, 48 of which were gold, 65 were silver. Another name to look out for, Nguyen Binh
An, an acclaimed sportsman, powerlifting again. Watch out for these guys in the powerlifting
halls. He has a firey determination to be best. Fourth
gold medal for his country in the men’s 54 kg category in 2014 in the Asia Para Games
in Incheon, and this year a new Asian record in the men’s 54 kilogram weight category in
Kazakhstan. So look out for Vietnam in powerlifting. FEMALE MC: Are you ready for the last wave,
everybody? 3 2 1 FEMALE COMMENTATOR: The last wave reserved
for the host country, Singapore. This is the first time the ASEAN Para Games
are being held in Singapore and they are doing it with much fanfare. At the front there you see our Chef de Mission,
Mr Rajah Sing, coming out with Yip Pin Xiu, our flagbearer, our first Paralympian gold
medallist for Singapore. She raked in those in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She’s also a world record holder in the 50m
freestyle, 50m backstroke and the 100m backstroke. There, Mr Kalai. Kalai will be taking part in the powerlifting
as well. So, it seems like there is a stellar lineup
of athletes as the host country, Singapore, will be fielding 250 people in their contingent,
athletes and officials. 151 different athletes. Seven sports assistants.
So many athletes of note. One set to make the nation proud is Jason
Chee, from table tennis. He made his debut at the 7th ASEAN Para Games in 2014, acquiring
a bronze medal in Class 3 table tennis. Interesting to note, though, more than 60 per cent
of Team Singapore athletes are debutants, with some of them starting to train earlier
this year, but trust me they’ve been putting in a lot of hard work. And not just the athletes, but it seems like
everybody in the stadium has put in a lot of hard work and it’s really showing, isn’t
it, Des? MALE COMMENTATOR: Yes, indeed. Those volunteers
are doing their best to rouse the crowd. Just one or two stats and facts about disability
and why events such as the Para Games do exist. In Singapore there are close to 100,000 people
with disabilities. Nearly 80,000 are aged 18 years and above, and 4 per cent of the
Singapore population are visually impaired. So it’s a huge chunk of the population that
are being included in these Para Games. FEMALE COMMENTATOR: The nice thing is in the
lead-up to the games Singapore’s been holding a lot of various activities, rallies for Team
Singapore, but all to promote inclusion and to really get the message across that these
athletes that we’re celebrating over the next week are extremely capable and sensational
athletes in their own right. MALE COMMENTATOR: So, the parade of athletes
is completed. Singapore, the tenth of the ten competing nations, the host nation and
the volunteers and the crowd all getting heavily involved in this Opening Ceremony. This is
the Opening Ceremony for the 8th ASEAN Para Games, we are at the Indoor Arena in Singapore
and the show is only just starting. FEMALE COMMENTATOR: We’re going to be moving
on to the next movement, “A World of Creative Possibilities”, with more of our regional
instruments being played live for us here at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. FEMALE MC: We have Lily Goh from Singapore
and Samantha Gray from the Philippines. They are playing the drums. Daniel Purnomo from Indonesia is on the guitar.
Vian San from Myanmar is on xylophone. Sumbut Silma from Thailand is on ken. And Lu Chee
Chao from Malaysia is on the Chinese flute. MALE COMMENTATOR: The musicians getting their
own personal shoutout there. FEMALE COMMENTATOR: Lily Goh, Samantha Gray,
Daniel Purnomo, Vian San, Sumbut Simla Lu Chee Chao, all from around the region, all
playing their traditional instruments. It’s a beautiful harmony, isn’t it? (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) FEMALE MC: What beautiful harmonies played
by our friends from the ASEAN nations. This symbolises the togetherness of peoples and
cultures. Ladies and gentlemen, what an amazing parade
that was. MALE COMMENTATOR: We move on to “A World of
Creative Possibilities”. FEMALE COMMENTATOR: Another beautiful animation
there by Kleopatra Korai. FEMALE MC: Ladies and gentlemen, we would
now like to invite Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, who is also
the Chairperson of the Singapore ASEAN Para Games Organising Committee, to give her speech. MALE COMMENTATOR: So, Grace Fu to give the
speech. The interpreter at the event will be Chan Shi Mei. MINISTER FU: President Tony Tan, Your Excellencies,
Members of the Asian Paralympic Committee and the ASEAN Para Sports Federation, distinguished
guests, ladies and gentlemen, good evening and welcome to the 8th ASEAN Para Games. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) This is the first time that Singapore is hosting
the region’s largest sporting event for persons with disabilities. What makes it all the more special is that
2015 is also Singapore’s Golden Jubilee. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) Tonight we are delighted to have with us our
friends from the region here in Singapore and many more watching from across South East
Asia. A warm welcome from Singapore. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) The ASEAN Para Games is a celebration of friendship,
solidarity and the triumph of the human spirit. To all our athletes gathered here tonight,
you have overcome challenges in life and shown us that sport is truly without boundaries. Your fighting spirit will inspire us to live
better through sport and spur us to face life’s challenges with courage. I wish you all the
best in your competition ahead. Sport can bring out the champion in all of
us. It also breaks down barriers and helps us to appreciate the talents of those with
different abilities, and that’s why we adopted the theme “Celebrate the Extraordinary” for
this games. We celebrate all abilities. We celebrate the indomitable spirit of our
para athletes. We celebrate the extraordinary in each and
every one of us. So, to all our friends from the region, thank
you for being part of this special moment in the history of disability sport in ASEAN. And to my fellow Singaporeans, thank you for
joining us in being gracious hosts to our guests. To our volunteers, motivators, performers
and students from the 24 schools and volunteering welfare organisations starring in tonight’s
heart-warming show, you represent the best of Singapore and we are tremendously proud
of you. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) The ASEAN Para Games is not just a sporting
competition. It is a milestone for every Singaporean, as
we mark the start of a movement to build a more inclusive society through sport. So, let us come together to celebrate the
extraordinary at the 8th ASEAN Para Games. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) FEMALE MC: May we now invite the President
of the ASEAN Para Sports Federation, Dato Zainal Abu Zarin, to give his speech. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) DATO ZAINAL ABU ZARIN: His Excellency, President
Tony Tan, Excellencies, Board Members of the ASEAN Para Sports Federation, members of the
Local Organising Committee, athletes, officials, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen
– good evening. With great pride and pleasure I welcome you
to this vibrant city to be part of this wonderful gathering to celebrate the opening of the
8th ASEAN Para Games. Tonight we celebrate the presence and participation
of our athletes, officials and the ASEAN para fraternity, and in the next seven days we
will experience many memorable moments off and on the field, moments that will inspire
and move us all in many ways, moments that provide us insights of the true meaning of
life, stories of great discipline and eventual triumphs. It starts here tonight in this amazing stadium. As an athlete-centred regional sports organisation,
APSF has and will continue to strive towards creating excellence – excellence in all aspects
of its para games management. The game has brought many positive impacts on the overall
para movement in this region. From humble beginnings, we have scaled greater
heights. We now have a 15 sports line-up in Singapore,
the highest number of sports ever contested in the history of our games. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) The ASEAN para movement has developed a track
record for building a bridge which links sport with social awareness. We will continue to
pursue our cause, to ensure that the Paralympic agenda be included in the sporting mainstream
of the various national development programs. As an accredited civil society organisation
of the ASEAN community, APSF has great obligation, a role to be relevant and reckoned not only
by ASEAN government but more so by the ASEAN disability society. We strive to contribute
towards fulfilling their aspirations, their rights in sports and in life, enhancing their
dignity via sporting activities. Ladies and gentlemen, I on behalf of the APSF
Board wish to once again express my deepest gratitude to the SAPGOC for all the great
efforts in putting up the games which we believe will be a benchmark for our future games. My congratulations to all the great and dynamic
team at SAPGOC. Give them a big applause. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) To the media, I thank you for your great support
in creating excitement via the many mainstream media and multiple social media platforms. To the people of Singapore, we salute you
for your passion. Let us all forge ahead in one ASEAN voice. Let us show our unwavering ASEAN support to
our athletes. Let’s celebrate the extraordinary in the true
spirit of ASEAN moving together. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) To you athletes, play fair, have fun and be
the best that you can be. Terima kasih. Thank you. FEMALE MC: Now may we invite President Dr
Tony Tan Keng Yam to declare open the 8th ASEAN Para Games. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) PRESIDENT TONY TAN KENG YAM: I declare open
the 8th ASEAN Para Games of Singapore. (FANFARE) FEMALE COMMENTATOR: And the games are declared
open by President Tony Tan, accompanied by drum majors Haikal Rosli and Jonah Chi Jee
Hong. MALE COMMENTATOR: Next we move on to a performance
choreographed by Peter Gn, the Singapore Youth Festival Assistant Director. This is the movement
called “A World of Creative Possibilities”, drawing out one of ASEAN Para Sports Federation’s
visions, pursuit of equal opportunity in sport and life. FEMALE COMMENTATOR: Here you see four budding
painters from Grace Orchard School painting out their own future, as they’re joined by
dancers from the AngloChinese Junior College and as you hear the beautiful vocals of Natasha
Michella Da Costa from the School of the Arts. Such beautiful costumes, enhancing the flow
and also the grace and fluidity that we see not only from the performers here but that
we will also see during the games. Revealed there our solo dancer June Lim, from
the Down Syndrome Association. MALE COMMENTATOR: Three aerialists, Tan Mei Zheng,
Eunice Sim and Vanda Seetoh. Choreography from Mei Zheng – spectacular. FEMALE COMMENTATOR: And as all the performers
are unveiled for this movement, you see them celebrating unity, friendship and love for
superb sporting competition. Each of them creating possibilities wherever
they may find it, whether it’s up in the air or down on the ground. MALE COMMENTATOR: In the backdrop you can
see the video projections generated from artworks made by students from the Association for
People with Special Needs and other special education schools, the students’ drawings
animated by Genevieve Pick, the Chief Associate Visual Director. FEMALE COMMENTATOR: Now, this segment has
also been inspired by a great physicist Stephen Hawking’s quote. He spoke at the 2012 London
Paralympics Opening Ceremony, where he said, “There is no such thing as a standard or run-of-the-mill
human being. We have the ability to create. This creativity can take many forms, from
physical achievements to theoretical physics. However difficult life may seem, there is
always something you can do and succeed at.” (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) MALE COMMENTATOR: Again, beautifully done.
And we move on to our next element, which is called the movement “Shooting for the Best”. FEMALE COMMENTATOR: Something Singapore knows
very well. In her 50 years she has come very far and, as you can see, a stunning backdrop
there from this gorgeous shot as it pans around and you can see the brand-new Sports Hub and
the Singapore skyline lit up there for ASEAN to see. FEMALE MC: … teach, learn from and share
with one another. Let us now watch the next video. It’s a collaboration between an international
filmmaker and local students. The creative exchange continues. MALE COMMENTATOR: That was Theresa Goh splashing
on to the screen and leading us into a celebration of the last seven games called Redeafination.
This performance by Redeafination is called “ASEAN Best”. FEMALE COMMENTATOR: Earlier on, Des, you mentioned
that 4 per cent of Singapore’s population has some form of hearing impairment. Here you see how Redeafination is redefining
capabilities. We’ve got members of Redeafination teamed
up with several other hip-hop dance groups here, dancing to a film installation created
by Michael Larsson based on materials by Timothy Chan. Redeafination were formed in 2008 and aims
to develop a nation of deaf dancers with its own unique culture, aiming to expand the meaning
of dance. It was created in response to the misconception
that the deaf cannot or do not enjoy music or dance and, as you can see here, they definitely
do both very well. MALE COMMENTATOR: I bring attention to the
backdrop. It pays tribute to the past seven games, valorising
great sporting heroes and heroines whose greatest competitors are themselves. A quotation, “There is no hurdle too high,
no roadblock too tough. We are better than perfect. We are stronger and braver and brighter than ever”. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) FEMALE COMMENTATOR: And what’s that we’re
hearing now? MALE COMMENTATOR: It’s a goalball. FEMALE COMMENTATOR: That’s right. In the background
you can just see the waveform, using the sounds from the goalball, and each of the soloists
here are from Redeafination. The bells that you hear when you watch goalball. Music for the deaf is not something that they
hear, but it’s something that they feel, which is why it’s translated so well into dance. And here we’re witnessing a stunning laser
and light show, with music beats and bass that we can feel. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) MALE MC: Wow! What a vibrant celebration of
the past seven games. MALE COMMENTATOR: Yes, that worked. Redeafination – redefining their ability to
perform – were terrific. (VIDEO PLAYED) TIMOTHY: Hi, I’m Timothy. My role in the ASEAN
Para Games is to provide images for sections of the ASEAN Para Games Opening Ceremony. My artwork began as a school project in which
I was supposed to create abstract art, so I decided to use my wheelchair. So it felt
like a natural extension of me to use the wheels to create the art. Despite people who
look different, the Xrays show that there is beauty inside of us. I hope to inspire
others with disabilities to pursue their dreams and that they can do whatever they set their
minds to. FEMALE COMMENTATOR: Interestingly enough,
Timothy is also a top chess player, representing Singapore in the 5th ASEAN Para Games in Kuala
Lumpur in 2009. Great continued contributions here. FEMALE MC: The athlete taking the oath on
behalf of all athletes for the 8th ASEAN Para Games will be Yong Phen Chong Thomas, from
tenpin bowling. MALE COMMENTATOR: We move now on to the oath
taking, a key ingredient of any major event and Opening Ceremony. For the athletes.>>In the name of all the competitors, I promise
that we shall take part in the 8th ASEAN Para Games, Singapore 2015, respecting and abiding
by the rules which govern them, committing ourselves to a sport without doping and without
drugs, in the true spirit of sportsmanship for the glory of sport and the honour of our
teams. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) MALE COMMENTATOR: And for the officials. FEMALE MC: The official taking the oath on
behalf of all the officials is Kwok Ping Ping Lanny, Head Referee for boccia.>>In the name of all of the judges and officials,
I promise that we shall officiate in the 8th ASEAN Para Games, Singapore 2015, with complete
impartiality, respecting and abiding by the rules which govern them in the true spirit
of sportsmanship. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) MALE COMMENTATOR: And next for all the coaches. FEMALE MC: The coach taking the oath on behalf
of all coaches for the 8th ASEAN Para Games will be Muhamad Hosni Bin Muhamad from athletics.>>In the name of all coaches, and other members
of the athletes’ entourage, I promise that we shall commit ourselves to ensuring that
the spirit of sportsmanship and fair play is fully adhered to and upheld in accordance
with the fundamental principle of the Paralympic movement. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) MALE COMMENTATOR: So the oaths have been taken.
The flag holder for the oath taking was Michelle Yogaswari, an athlete, 18-year-old, who won
two gold medals at the Special Olympics in August. Now the show continues with “Personal Best”. FEMALE COMMENTATOR: You’ll see there on the
piano Lui Chee Chau from Malaysia. # … Wait for the star … growing higher
# In their own … we can outshine even the sun
# I push, I try, I shove against the pain # … drive against the pain,
# Shove against the pain. FEMALE COMMENTATOR: Indah Wahyu from Indonesia.
As you can see, a true melting pot here. # We can battle with our bodies
# We can fight the war # We can scream and shout
# We can outshine even the sun # We battle with our bodies # We fight with our minds
# There’s no roadblock too tough # Watch us cross the finish line
# We’re powerful in ways that you can’t imagine # We shine even when the skies fall down
# There’s no hurdle too high # You can’t hold me back any more>>I have difficulty in my movement of my right
shoulder.>>I’ve been training since young.>>My injury is part of my life. # We are better than perfect
# We’re sharper than blades # Swifter than light
# We are stronger and braver and # brighter and better and faster and …
# louder and greater than ever # We are better than perfect
# We’re sharper than blades # Swifter than light
# We are stronger and braver and # brighter and better and faster and
# louder and greater than ever and # ever and ever and ever>>We will battle with our bodies
>>We will fight with our minds>>There is no roadblock too tough
>>Watch us cross the finish line>>We’re powerful in ways that you can’t imagine
>>We shine even when the skies fall down>>There’s no hurdle too high
>>You can’t hold me back anymore>>We are better than perfect
>>We’re sharper than blades>>Swifter than light # Than ever before. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) FEMALE COMMENTATOR: An incredible blend of
talent from all over South East Asia. MALE COMMENTATOR: As we move on to the next
movement, “Fire Your Imagination”, it’s a performance featuring wheelchair dancers and
volunteers in celebrating a vision of Singapore that is inclusive and looks to the future. FEMALE COMMENTATOR: Ragha, our bansuri player,
and keep an eye out for some notable athletes that you might see. We’ve mentioned earlier
that our athletes would be getting in on the performance action, as we see Choo Poh Choon
and Jason Chee, as well as Yap Qian Yin. Choo Poh Choon there and Qian Yin, as they travel
the distance celebrating a vision of Singapore that’s inclusive and looks to the future,
seeing how far we’ve come and how far we’ve still got yet to travel, but that this little
red dot is always glowing, always inspiring all of those around her. MALE COMMENTATOR: Now you’re seeing a number
of people coming onto the stage at the moment. They are the cheerleaders. They range from
their 40s to their late 70s. They’ve got LED gloves to teach the audience how to sign and
indeed sing songs with their hands. FEMALE COMMENTATOR: Everybody in the audience
today a star, a star blazing in the sky. MALE COMMENTATOR: The projections in the backdrop
are based on artworks by students from the Asian Women’s Welfare Association, AWWA.>>We are stars blazing from the sky.>>Hear our war cries across the oceans. MALE COMMENTATOR: This is Renee Joy Tan,
the poem reciter.>>Watch our bodies roar to life. FEMALE COMMENTATOR: And alongside her Neoh Yew
Kim, a child interpreter.>>It’s time for dreams to fly free. FEMALE COMMENTATOR: These lyrics were created
by Amber Lin.>>Every day we are born again
>>Spirits are soaring high FEMALE COMMENTATOR: The music by Philip Tan.>>We are stars blazing in the sky
>>Hear our war cries across the oceans>>Watch our bodies roar to life
>>It’s time for dreams to fly free.>>Every day we are born again, spirits soaring
high.>>Every moment we can win again, steady, shoot,
strike, score.>>Right here, right now, around the world,
the galaxies and the universe,>>We stand tall, proud, strong, hand in hand.
>>Our friendship is our greatest strength. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) MALE COMMENTATOR: Friendship, indeed, our
greatest strength. Moving on to the next of the series of “Because
I am a Champion”. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) MALE COMMENTATOR: A powerful piece by Bertrand
Lee, a film maker who happens to be an amputee. And there is Kalai Vanen, who was the voice
at the end of that film, the powerful roar from him, and he will be leading the torch
relay. FEMALE COMMENTATOR: Alongside Benson Tan.
He himself has made a name for himself in the past two ASEAN Para Games in swimming. Kalai we’ve seen a few times this evening.
The former officer cadet school instructor has previously represented Singapore in two
para water skiing world championships. Now, this intergenerational pairing symbolises
the spirit of friendship, tradition and renewal. MALE COMMENTATOR: Kalai and Benson passing
the torch to Team Singapore shooter Aishah Samad. Aishah a 2003 SEA Games medallist, she makes
her debut in the 8th ASEAN Para Games this year as a coach. She also hopes to inspire
the next generation of Singapore marksmen. Her prosthetic leg carries the inscription,
“I can, I want, I will succeed.” A fabulous story, Aishah. FEMALE COMMENTATOR: Strong words. She lost
her limbs due to illness and was determined to come back to the sport that she adores. Representing Singapore before, she continues
to fly Singapore’s flag and she does so especially now, taking part in this momentous occasion. Aishah hands over the torch to Toh Wei Soong. The 17-year-old Toh Wei Soong began swimming
at 8 years of age and already he has won two golds in the IDM Berlin Open for the 50m and
100m freestyle S6 category in June this year. A bright spark. He is also determined to do
Singapore proud this year. MALE COMMENTATOR: Wei Soong passing the torch
to badminton player Tay Wei Ming. Wei Ming’s father introduced him to the sport at a young
age and he was the men’s singles champion at the 2011 ASEAN Para Games held in Indonesia. The torch relay, now it’s a familiar part
of any games. Here they’re keeping it within the stadium, but no less powerful. Tay Wei
Ming clearly thrilled to be part of this torch relay. FEMALE COMMENTATOR: This time around the torch
relay goes around the stadium, making sure that those in the audience feel that they
are a part of this relay as well. Wei Ming now handing over the torch to Yip
Pin Xiu, Team Singapore’s swimmer and flagbearer. She made Singapore history by becoming the
first ever Singaporean to win a gold medal at the Paralympic Games in Beijing in 2008. Pin Xiu continues to be a role model and inspiration
for all of us to be fearless, to be ambitious and to achieve excellence. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) MALE COMMENTATOR: And as we approach the cauldron,
the torch now passed to our final torch bearer, boccia athlete Gan Kai Hong Aloysius. Nine
years of age is Aloysius, he was champion in the Singapore Disability Sports Council
National Disability League for boccia. FEMALE COMMENTATOR: It’s a three-athlete effort,
which makes it … and symbolises the great contribution. As the pyrotechnics go inside the Singapore
Indoor Stadium, as the flame lights for the 8th ASEAN Para Games 2015. MALE COMMENTATOR: It represents triumph over
adversity. It’s also the start of some seriously competitive
sport over the next week here in Singapore. It’s already got underway today and it will
continue for the next seven days. Now, we continue our show tonight with Movement
No. 5. This will become a victorious celebration of the extraordinary. The final movement to conclude the ceremony,
it speaks a message of a humans’ potential. FEMALE MC: Let us enlighten our families,
neighbourhoods, nations, region and the world with this message of human potential. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) FEMALE MC: Let the games begin! MALE COMMENTATOR: This the final movement
of the five we’ve seen, where we’ve stretched boundaries, looked at a world of creative
possibilities, shot for the best, fired your imagination and now we’re celebrating the
extraordinary. FEMALE COMMENTATOR: Throughout this performance
we’ll see a huge range of traditional instruments even weaved throughout our spectators, enabling
the spectators to feel like they truly are a part of this performance. MALE COMMENTATOR: The first performers we
saw were from the Evergreen Secondary School and now this is the Metta School, the Association
for Persons with Special Needs, APSN. FEMALE COMMENTATOR: Chinese orchestras always
have such an intricate balance of beautiful sounds that, when they get pulled together,
sound absolutely sensational. Very reflective of some of the team sports
that we’ll see over the next week as well. We go from music to the dance, with some performers
from the Metta School. An incredible amount of work has gone into
this entire show this evening and the games over the past two years. As we draw your attention now to the next
group, I Am Soul, what you’ll find interesting is that you’ll see parents who are taking
part in the performance, and in the front there you will see these giant red they look
like torchlights, but what they do is, similarly for one of our performers down there in the
front, they take the movement and translate it into sounds – sound beam switches. MALE COMMENTATOR: So the show continues. The
combined choir is children from the Canossian School, Rainbow Centre, Yishun Park, the Cerebral
Palsy Alliance for Singapore, the Association of Persons with Special Needs, the Chaoyang
School, and the School of the Arts. Now all the
dancers gathering on stage as the finale will
introduce just about everybody who’s been part of the show tonight. The opera singers
from the School of the Arts. FEMALE COMMENTATOR: And our choir who gave
us that beautiful rendition of the National Anthem earlier back again to perform once
more. A beautiful harmony, but they need one more
thing  a bass line. And there we have it, the Taiko drums. This evening we’ll see a range of performers
from primary school students to the elderly, with a range of disabilities. And in this
performance alone we’re seeing a wide range of instruments, including traditional Asian
instruments, finishing up there with the Taiko drums, a timpani, as well as the electric
guitar. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) MALE COMMENTATOR: The finale celebrating a
victorious celebration of the extraordinary. Visuals from Michael Larsson, music by Philip
Tan, and this is the venue – the Singapore Indoor Arena – for this Opening Ceremony. FEMALE COMMENTATOR: So, the Singapore Indoor
Stadium will also play home to wheelchair basketball. But that’s not the only sport that we’ve got
lined up this week. In fact, kick-starting tomorrow, athletics,
badminton. Cerebral palsy football kicked off today. We’ll have more action tomorrow. Chess, five-a-side football, goalball, shooting,
swimming, table tennis and tenpin bowling. MALE COMMENTATOR: The sailing gets underway
on 6 December. As President Tony Tan just meets and greets
many of the athletes, competitors and contributors for tonight’s activity. The competition runs through until 9 December
when we have the Closing Ceremony, but also the culmination of athletics, boccia, cerebral
palsy football and goalball. Go on to the website for the schedule,
news and updates. FEMALE COMMENTATOR: And don’t forget, for
those of you in Singapore or if you’re planning to visit Singapore, ticketing is free. The
most important thing is to go down and check out some of the sensational sporting action
that we’re going to be seeing over the next week. MALE COMMENTATOR: So, the games are well and
truly open and the sporting activity has already begun, but we can just recall some of the
performances tonight and just recall some of the artists, the likes of Lily Goh on the
drums and Samantha Gray, Daniel Purnomo, Vian Sam, Sumbut Simla, Li Chi Chao, all of whom
really helped make this a celebration to open the games. The cerebral palsy football started today
at the National Stadium, with Singapore beating Indonesia, a fine goal from outside the penalty
area – you can catch highlights – and Thailand beat Malaysia by 6 goals to1. FEMALE COMMENTATOR: Definitely a great start
to all the sporting action that you can expect to see over the next week. 15 sports, the
most we’ve ever had at an ASEAN Para Games. It just goes to show that the games are getting
bigger and better as the years go by. And Singapore in its 50th year, in its Golden
Jubilee, very happy to host over 3,000 athletes and officials here on her shores for the 8th
edition of the games. MALE COMMENTATOR: The 15 sports that you can
catch are boccia, archery, athletics and badminton, cerebral palsy football, chess and five-a-side
football. FEMALE COMMENTATOR: Goalball, powerlifting,
sailing, shooting, swimming. MALE COMMENTATOR: And you’ve got table tennis,
tenpin bowling and wheelchair basketball as well. It’s very, very competitive and some of the
rules are slightly amended to enable the athletes to deal with their disabilities, but I promise
you it is no less competitive as a result. FEMALE COMMENTATOR: Choo Poh Choon there shaking hands with President Tony Tan. Choo Poh Choon,
one of the Singapore wheelchair basketball athletes who will be excited to get into all
of the action on Sunday when wheelchair basketball kicks off at this very venue. The Singapore
Indoor Stadium will be transformed almost overnight into a stunning basketball arena. Many of the sports will be played around the
Sports Hub, a fantastic facility that Singapore has developed for large sporting occasions
such as this, which enables various sports to come together in one unified area. MALE COMMENTATOR: Just to explain a little
more about the Para Games, there’s 10 impairment types: participants may have impaired muscle
power, impaired passive range of movement, loss of limb, or limb deficiency, leg length
difference, short stature, ataxia or athesosis or visual impairment and intellectual impairment.
So they’re all the problems that have been overcome by the athletes. Competitive to the core. There is one of the
most competitive women you will ever come across in any sport. FEMALE COMMENTATOR: Yip Pin Xiu, one of the
most celebrated athletes here in Singapore, inducted into the Sporting Hall of Fame here. She’s played an integral part over the past
few months in raising awareness for the ASEAN Para Games, attending a lot of the events
and rallies in the leadup to the games to support One Team Singapore. And Minister Grace Fu there, playing her role
as chairperson, getting very involved. MALE COMMENTATOR: For tonight our thanks to
the 174 volunteers, 120 motivators, 661 performers, 254 students from 15 special education schools,
the 75 creative team members. Congratulations on making this a successful night. FEMALE COMMENTATOR: It’s been two years in
the making, and we’ve seen it all come together with lights and sound and plenty of fanfare
here at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. MALE COMMENTATOR: Interactive and immersive,
audience participation was the goal of the Creative Directors. Congratulations to the
Creative Director, Philip Tan, and all of his team. The Opening Ceremony concludes tonight’s festivities
and we are on the serious stuff of the sport tomorrow. Enjoy the ASEAN Para Games in Singapore! # Woah, Woah, Woah, Woah
# Come my brothers to my left and my right # Come my sisters keep shining your light
# Like a thousand voices, all through the night
# Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go and get your flags up
# Woah, we are we are, we are ONE # We are, we are
# And get your flags up # Woah, Woah, Woah, Woah
# Here we are as one, our dreams are aligned # To our anthem, flag in hand
# Come our time is now let our colours collide # Come on, run this race with pride
# With a thousand hearts but we’re beating as one
# Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go and get your flags up
# Woah, we are we are, we are ONE #: We are we are
# And get your flags up # Woah, Woah, Woah, Woah
# Take this broken life # I take this partial fight
# I blind them city lights # And get my flags up
# I take this broken life # I take this partial fight
# I blind them city lights # And get my flags up
# I take this broken life # I take this partial fight
# I blind them city lights # And get my flags up
# I take this broken life # I take this partial fight
# I blind them city lights # Woah, we are we are, we are ONE
# We are we are # Woah, we are we are, we are ONE
# We are we are # And get your flags up
# Woah, Woah, Woah, Woah # I take this broken life
# I take this partial fight # I blind them city lights
# And get my flags up # I take this broken life
# I take this partial fight # I blind them city lights
# And get my flags up # I take this broken life
# I take this partial fight # I blind them city lights
# And get my flags up # I take this broken life
# I take this partial fight # I blind them city lights
# Woah, we are we are, we are ONE # We are we are
# Woah, we are we are, we are ONE # We are we are
# Woah, Woah, Woah, Woah # And get your flags up
# Woah, we are we are, we are ONE # We are we are
# And get your flags up # Woah, Woah, Woah, Woah # We light the sky, our feet off the ground # Tonight we’re more than man # Here we are as one, our dreams are aligned # To our anthem, flag in hand # Come our time is now let our colours collide # Come on, run this race with pride # With a thousand hearts but we’re beating
as one # Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go and get your
flags up # Woah, we are we are, we are ONE # We are we are # And get your flags up # Woah, Woah, Woah, Woah!

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  • Reply Nicholas Leow December 3, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    Re watch it now!

  • Reply Nicholas Leow December 3, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    If you missed it..

  • Reply luvjeongin December 3, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    i totally miss this place !!! was there while going for my rehearsal for SEA GAMES

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  • Reply Trung Trinh Tran December 6, 2015 at 1:55 am

    Awesome. I love Singapore!

  • Reply Huaching pattanawarapong December 8, 2015 at 8:13 am

    新加坡做的很好。Singapore beautiful. สิงคโปร์ยอดเยี่ยมมากครับ from Thailand

  • Reply lonely boy December 17, 2015 at 10:20 am

    Thanks so much

  • Reply Zabedah Uyope December 18, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    find the difference

  • Reply Zeph Ng December 25, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    Got back from Everest not too long ago
    Really wished to have been able to stay for the entire duration of the games though n.n;

    Hoping the Parade of Athletes music will be released one day, it's really fun 😀

  • Reply Teo Wen Yin Brenda January 14, 2016 at 6:19 am

    thk u 4 spporting us our last year's performance!we hooe 2 get appreciated more & more videos!!thk u!;)

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  • Reply ไอน้ํา ควันหอม April 5, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    I like Thailand. Burma. Laos. Singapore. Vietnam. I am will like it! 🙂

  • Reply THE FOX October 6, 2018 at 10:57 am

    I heard, Singapore is more and more small than Danau Toba in Indonesia. But with these small country, they can held Asean para games the best as they can. This event can build the mental and talent of all para athletes for the better future.

  • Reply Rizki Mustafa October 9, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    jelek banget bikin ngantukk

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