Romero justifies P45-million price tag of SEAG cauldron

By Noreen Jazul

1-Pacman party-list Representative Mikee Romero said the cost of the country's cauldron for the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) games was similar to those built by previous country hosts.


Usually, Romero said, the cost of cauldrons used in the past SEA games ranged from "a million, two million, three million dollars."

"Cauldrons in other Southeast Asian Games cost roughly the same. Exactly the same or more," Romero said.

The lawmaker, who is also an athlete, said the cauldron symbolizes the "spirit" of the whole SEA games which is why it needed to be "beautiful."

"Habang naka bukas yung torch sa cauldron ibig sabihin the fighting spirit of every athlete fighting for each of the sports is alive and it symbolizes the 11 countries' unity so napaka laking bagay ng cauldron na iyan for us as athletes (While the flame is burning on the cauldron, it means the fighting spirit of every athlete is alive in each of the sports. It also symbolizes the 11 countries’ unity, so the cauldron means a lot for the athletes)," Romero said

"Everyone looks at the cauldron, not even the venue," he added.