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Six Pinoy join athletes’ parade in Olympic opening

(POC President Rep. Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino talks with female flag-bearer Kiyomi Watanabe at the Team Philippines Secretariat inside the Olympic Village. Tolentino buckles down to work a day after arriving in Tokyo. Also in photo are Chef de Mission Mariano “Nonong” Araneta and POC Secretary General Atty. Ed Gastanes. Photo courtesy of POC-PSC Media)

TOKYO — Only six from the 70-member Philippine delegation—led by flag bearers Eumir Felix Marcial (boxing) and Kiyomi Watanabe (judo)—will be joining the parade of countries during the opening ceremony.

The men will be wearing cocoon silk barongs with a machine-embroidered pitchera design muslin inner shirts and light wool black pants, while the women will be clad in cocoon silk short blazers with a machine embroidered front and sleeves and neoprene spaghetti-strapped black inner blouses and neoprene black pants, procured by the Philippine Sports Commission from Barong Filipino and Mayumi, for the men and women respectively.

Highlighting their parade uniforms are the Phillippine Olympic Committee added a Rajo Laurel-designed “alampay” (shawl) also with a native Filipino touch.

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