The opening ceremony kicked off with a promotional video narrated by Hollywood superstar Morgan Freeman.
The American actor and Qatari Youtuber Ghanim Al Muftah then featured in a dialogue on stage that was followed by the Chant of Nation showcasing Ardha dancers in their white dresses while displaying amazing swordplay.
Professional dancers and volunteers were up before the white mascot La'eeb started floating in the stadium.
BTS singer Jungkook then took the stage singing the World Cup song, Dreamers. He was joined by Qatari singer Fahad Al Kubais.
The performance culminated with lots of flag waving, each team's giant jerseys on display, and a World Cup inflatable emblem at the centre of the field.
The ceremony ended literally with a bang as the stadium lit up with an amazing display of fireworks.
Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Jordan's King Abdullah II, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, Senegalese President Macky Sall, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Rwandan President Paul Kagame, as well as the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, were in attendance ahead of the first match between the hosts Qatar and Ecuador in the tent-shaped Al Bayt Stadium.
The FIFA World Cup takes place from 20 November to 18 December 2022 in Qatar with 32 national teams participating. This is the first World Cup to be held in the Middle East.
The injury bug bit several key players for defending world champions France. Brazil is looking to add a sixth trophy to its collection while Argentina is eyeing a crowning glory on the international stage for superstar Lionel Messi.
NO DRUGS, weapons and gadgets were found during the surprise greyhound inspections conducted by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Central Visayas (PDEA 7) at the Cebu City Jail Male dormitory and the Medellin District Jail in Medellin town, northern Cebu on Tuesday dawn, December 6, 2022.Unlike the previous operations where narcotic agents seized contraband, PDEA 7 information officer Leia Alcantara said that in Tuesday’s (December 6), operations they had not confiscated any except for a
A CEBU-BASED businessman has been appointed by President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. as the new presidential assistant for the Visayas.Terence Calatrava formally took his oath of office before Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin at Malacañang on Tuesday, December 6, 2022.In a statement sent to SunStar Cebu, Calatrava will serve as head of the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV), representing the President in Western, Central and Eastern Visayas regions, and coordinate
I write this as a rejoinder to Nini Cabaero’s Sunday column, “Retirees Money,” which talks about the creation of Maharlika Investment Fund (MIF) through an act of Congress using, among others, contributions from members of the Government Service Insurance System and Social Security System.Accordingly, a bill is now in the House of Representatives, filed by no less than the Speaker of the House and the presidential son. The bill aims to establish the said fund, which will put the Chief Executive
TRADE Secretary Fred Pascual has signed the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act (RA) 11904, otherwise known as the Philippine Creative Industries Development Act (PCIDA).The PCIDA, which lapsed into law on July 28, 2022, mandates the development of a vibrant Philippine creative industries by protecting and strengthening the rights and capacities of creative firms, artists, artisans, creators, creative workers, indigenous cultural communities, creative content providers, and
A PRIEST who facilitates the cause for sainthood of Venerable Archbishop Teofilo Camomot asked the public anew to pray for the late Cebuano archbishop to be declared “Blessed.”Camomot was declared as “Venerable” by the Vatican on May 21, 2022.Rev. Fr. Mhar Balili, parish priest of Mary Help of Christian Parish in Barangay Buhisan and vice postulator for Camomot's Cause, said Monday, December 5, 2022, that they are still looking for a miracle as their next step for Camomot to be elevated to “Bles
“... I was in prison and you visited me.” Matthew 25:36In the gospels, Christ specifies that visiting prisoners is one work of mercy that helps one get admitted into the kingdom of heaven. Judging, however, from the notoriously subhuman conditions in our prisons, taking care of prisoners would look to be the least of predominantly Christian Philippine society’s concerns. Not that it cares for the other works of mercy (clothing the naked, healing the sick, feeding the hungry) either.It is this wr
THE National Bureau of Investigation in Central Visayas (NBI 7) has filed charges against a woman who allegedly exposed her four-year-old daughter’s lewd photos to a Norwegian national.The whereabouts of Raquel (real name withheld to protect the dignity of the child) was traced in Barangay Suba, Cebu City after Norwegian national Raymond Harper was arrested by the NBI agents on June 28, 2022 for having several Child Sexual Abuse Materials (CSAM) in his gadgets.Upon inspection, some of the lewd p
WORLD—RATED Joey Canoy got a huge boost in his goal for a world title shot after winning the vacant Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) light flyweight strap with a seventh round technical knockout of experienced Japanese Kenichi Horikawa on Dec. 4 at the Edion Arena in Osaka, Japan.The 29-year-old Canoy destroyed Horikawa with a vicious left uppercut to the jaw that knocked him out cold. The referee didn’t bother to count and waved off the fight in the 1:01 mark of the seventh stanza.
THE chief of Talamban Police Station admitted having a hard time resolving the case involving six persons from Ozamis City who went missing on September 26, 2022 after checking in at a motel in Barangay Talamban, Cebu City.Police Major Alvin Llamedo, Talamban police chief, said nobody came to their office yet, including the one who sought the help of Senator Raffy Tulfo, to ask their assistance in locating the missing individuals.The group reportedly went to Cebu City to accompany a patient who
MODERN public utility jeepneys (MPUJs) that have been issued a special permit by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) can travel again.Eduardo Montealto Jr., LTFRB 7 director, said he allowed MPUJs to travel under special permits following the request of local government units (LGUs) due to the increased number of passengers especially this holiday season.“We have sent them all back. Some have returned on Friday, but this is only a special permit, not their route,” sa
CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama sees the impending acquisition of Filipino billionaire businessman Enrique Razon’s firm of a local waste management company as a positive development in the quest to solve the city’s garbage issue.If ever the Razon group would enter a business deal with the City Government, Rama said in a press conference Monday, Dec. 5, 2022 that he would endorse the matter to the City Council for its approval.Prime Integrated Waste Solutions Inc. (Piwsi), a Prime Infra subsidiary,
A COMPANY based in Australia has proposed to the Cebu City Government the construction of a US$1 million modular waste-to-energy (WTE) facility that it claims can clean tons of waste that are still stuck in the closed Inayawan Sanitary Landfill.The NRG Group Australia stated in its unsolicited proposal that it will build the WTE facility at no cost to the City Government, but the project will be carried out through a joint venture agreement (JVA).Anthony Aucone, the company’s executive director,
ALMOST P1 million worth of illegal drugs were confiscated from a woman during a buy-bust in Barangay San Roque, Cebu City at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, 2022.Capt. Joffre Grande of the Regional Police Drug Enforcement Unit in Central Visayas (RPDEU 7) headed the operation that led to the arrest of Cynthia Cutamora, 33, and a certain Roderick Mariquit, 26, of Barangay Pangpang, Barili town, southwest Cebu.Cutamora, who was identified as the subject of the buy-bust, yielded at least 135 grams of suspec
CEBU Governor Gwendolyn Garcia will hold a design competition for floating cottages that will be built off the coast of Cordova town on Mactan Island.Garcia has formed a group that will look into the rehabilitation of Cordova waters, as the Province and Cordova Municipal Government prepare for the reopening of the town’s floating cottages to tourists.“I’m going to form this group that will lay down the guidelines because we are going to launch a competition for the design and total masterplan of
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THE Department of Education in Central Visayas (DepEd 7) said Christmas parties within schools, both public and private, must be voluntary.DepEd 7 Director Salustiano Jimenez told SunStar Cebu on Monday, December 5, 2022, that they will be giving schools full discretion if they want to organize Christmas parties.Jimenez reminded those schools that opted to have Christmas parties to observe the proper guidelines, particularly the health protocols, such as proper distancing, hand washing, and sani
MORE than 100 police personnel and force multipliers will be deployed to 35 Catholic churches in Cebu City to ensure security during the Simbang Gabi, which will start on December 16, 2022.Police Colonel Ireneo Dalogdog, chief of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO), said they will intensify the security in the city’s churches, as hundreds of people are expected to flock to these areas for the dawn masses.“We have identified 35 big or major churches dito sa area of responsibility namin, and we wil