Each country is assigned a year to host but may choose to do so or not. However, the sultanate gave up hosting the Games in , in exchange for having more time to organize the edition.
Brunei hosted the Games only once in and planned to upgrade its sports facilities and build a new national stadium in Salambigar to accommodate the Games.
July With Brunei's withdrawal, the Philippines had expressed its interest to host the Games    Vietnam , the Southeast Asian Games host, was also offered to host this edition, but declined.
On 21 July , The Philippine Sports Commission PSC addressed the POC that it is withdrawing its support for the Philippine hosting of the Games, saying that government decided to reallocate funds meant for hosting to the rehabilitation efforts of Marawi , which was left devastated following the Battle of Marawi   and it was later reported that the POC's insistence on handling all matters of the hosting; finance, security and the conduct of the Games as it did for the Southeast Asian Games led to the PSC's withdrawal of support.
He added that the Philippine Arena in the municipality of Bocaue in Bulacan province would "most likely" be used in the Games.
The reasons for this is that the Philippine Olympic Committee decided to call off the performance which is said to be costly at PhP8 million. Another reason is to give focus on the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Federation of Malaya now Malaysia.
According to Philippine Sports Commission chairman William Ramirez, it will be Alan Peter Cayetano , the organizing committee chairman, who will be on top of things this time and not the Philippine Olympic Committee president who did the job in The first meeting was held in Shangri-la at the Fort last 16 to 17 May Another meeting was held in November 23—24, All tickets for all events will cost a fee with sports determined to be less popular by the organizers will have a minimal fee.
The following is the approximate allocation of volunteers per cluster: 2, in the Clark cluser, 1,, in the Subic cluster, 3, in Metro Manila, and 1, in other venues not part of the first three clusters.
During the ceremony, Malaysia the previous edition's host nation handed over the lantern which carried the Southeast Asian Games flame to the Philippines.
Among the stops of the torch relay are in Cebu , Metro Manila , Tagaytay.
The torch weigh about 1. The torch was officially unveiled on August 23, at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay during the day countdown to the games.
The cauldron was his last project prior to his death.