The ceremonial torch for the 30th Southeast Asian Games is inspired by the sampaguita.
According to Ian Cruz's report on 24 Oras, the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) chose renowned Filipino metal sculptor Daniel Dela Cruz's design over those of several artists for the torch that would light up the biennial multi-sport event.
Dela Cruz said that the Philippines' national flower symbolizes the beauty, humility and strength of the Filipinos.
"It's a very humble flower. Maliit lang siya pero 'yong resilience ng sampaguita, kakaiba," he said.
Also included in the torch's design is the 8-rayed sun from the Philippine flag.
Weighing 1.5 kilos, the torch is made of metal alloy and wood and took Dela Cruz a year to make.
The ceremonial torch relay will kick off on October 30 in Davao City, then proceed to Cebu before it ends in Luzon.
The torch will also be used in lighting the SEA Games cauldron in the opening ceremonies on November 30.
The Games will end on December 11.
The sampaguita last gained global attention when Miss Universe 2019 Catriona Gray wore a modern terno inspired by the flower during her homecoming parade. — Ma. Angelica Garcia/BM, GMA News