first_imgView comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA “We are ready to welcome the world to Pyeongchang. The construction of competition and non-competition venues is already complete,” Lee said, moments before being handed a white-and-gold torch with the Olympic flame. “Pyeongchang 2018 will be an Olympic Games of peace and harmony.”South Korean organizers said two back-up paraffin lanterns were also being used on the flight from Athens to Incheon, South Korea, and were being escorted by three fire wardens.Tuesday’s ceremony was held after the flame was lit in Ancient Olympia on Oct. 23. That was followed by a torch relay around Greece.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Actress Katerina Lehou playing the role of high priestess holds an Olympic torch during a handover ceremony for the Olympic Flame at Panathenaic stadium in Athens, on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. The South Korean leg of the relay will involve 7,500 torch-bearers, who will cover a total 2,018 kilometers (about 1260 miles) before the opening ceremony in Pyeongchang, which will host the Feb. 9-25, 2018 Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)ATHENS, Greece — The Olympic flame was handed to organizers of the 2018 Pyeongchang Games on Tuesday, and it will now head off on a 100-day journey across South Korea before the opening ceremony on Feb. 9.Pyeongchang organizing committee president Lee Hee-beom said the games would be an Olympics of “peace and harmony,” despite tension between the host and its reclusive nuclear-armed neighbor North Korea.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Coaches admit jobs get tougher after Beermen nab Standhardinger Dressed as a high priestess, actress Katerina Lehou led the 90-minute ceremony in Athens at the Panathenian Stadium, a horseshoe-shaped marble venue where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896.A cauldron was lit by Greek skier Ioannis Proios following performances by singers, dancers and acrobats from Greece and South Korea. The flame, placed in a lantern, was handed over to Greek Olympic Committee president Spyros Capralos, who passed it to Lee.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe South Korean leg of the relay will involve 7,500 torch-bearers and visit 17 cities and provinces across the country.Preparations for the Feb. 9-25 games are being held amid escalating tension on the Korean peninsula following nuclear and missile tests by North Korea. Lee has promised the games will be safe, but he made no mention of the crisis in his remarks in Athens. MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101last_img