Aug 21, 2018

On Aug. 20, Department of Foreign Affairs secretary Alan Peter Cayetano presented the official logo for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games in front of the Olympic Council of Asia in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The design features 11 intersecting circles that depict the “11 countries bound together in the shape of the Philippines to symbolize that wherever and whenever the games are played we are one and we win as one,” Cayetano explained.

The 30th SEA Games committee went as far as to share the logo on their official Facebook page with an advanced, state of the art watermark to prevent any possibility of art theft.

However, the lack of thought and inept execution behind it could not escape criticism; several netizens went to social media to poke fun at the design and express their contempt—some light-hearted, and others referencing the political climate of the country.



A few local business have even gotten in on the bandwagon and are coming up with witty designs of their own.

For reference, here are the past official logos for the SEA Games:

nolisoli sea games philippines past logo designs
Photo from @2019SEAGamesOfficial on Facebook

Unfortunately, it doesn’t end with the logo—even the mascot designs are laughable, resembling molecule illustrations from your chemistry textbooks.


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