Address at the 30th Southeast Asian Games Opening Ceremony
November 2019, Philippine Arena, Bocaue, Bulacan , Philippines
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Faith without action is dead.1
Your Majesty, the
Sultan of Brunei, President
Rodrigo Roa Duterte, Your Excellencies [speaking in Tagalog], Southeast Asian brothers and
sisters, our athletes [speaking in Tagalog], good evening, as-salāmu ʿalaykum:
We would like to express our gratitude, first and
foremost to the person who gave the "go signals" for the Philippines to host the
30th SEA Games: President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
Thank you, Executive Secretary [Salvador]
Philippine Sports Commission,
Philippine Olympic Committee -- thank you [for
Eduardo Manalo; thank you SEA Games Federation; all national
organizing committees; thank you to our media partners and our sponsors for
believing in us, that we can do this and we can prepare in the 18 months given to
Today, we put our faith in your hands,
but we put actions into our faith.
Today, we gather as brothers and sisters, as a
community of South East Asian nations.
We gather as children of God, seeking to build a
Yes, building a better world, for we live in a
world that is full of pain and suffering; a world where there's so much hunger
and poverty; a world where lies and
fake news take center stage; a world -- a
world where corruption, crime, and illegal drugs are destroying the next
Yet, we look at our athletes and we see the truth.
We see strength. We see wisdom.
We look at these young people and we see not only
the athletes, but we see our own future. In them, we see passion, sacrifice,
discipline, teamwork, and respect -- everything we need to build a better world.
Today, we stand tall and tell the world that in
Southeast Asia we are passionate; we are ready to make sacrifices; we are
disciplined; we are believers in teamwork; and we firmly believe that everyone
deserves our respect.
Today, we stand tall to tell the world that in
Southeast Asia there is so much diversity. But we do not fear, because we have
faith; because we have hope; because we put actions into our faith.
Because we love God. We love our community. We
love our Southeast Asian brothers and sisters.
And through that love, we
pray as one, we build as one, we work as one, and we win as one.2
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In a speech replete with
rhetorical figures of repetition, it is fittingly consistent
that the final stanza culminates in a rousing combination of
("We win as one").
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