Centre L-R: Indonesia’s Head of Air Force Yuyu Sutisna, Yogyakarta governor Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X, and Indonesia’s former badminton player Susi Susanti lead a procession with the Asian Games flame in Yogyakarta on July 17, 2018, following the flame’s arrival from India for the 2018 Asian Games torch relay. Indonesia will host the 2018 Asian Games on August 18 to September 2 in Jakarta and Palembang. / AFP PHOTO / AGUNG SUPRIYANTOYOGYAKARTA, Indonesia — The Asian Games torch is headed out on an 18,000-kilometer journey around Indonesia after ceremonies at an ancient temple where its flame was combined with a sacred Javanese fire.Jakarta and the Sumatran city of Palembang are hosting the games from Aug. 18 to Sept. 2. About 9,000 athletes and several thousand officials and journalists are expected to take part.ADVERTISEMENT Parker looks to get career back on track with hometown Bulls In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments LATEST STORIES In a ceremony Wednesday at the 1,000-year-old Prambanan temple, the torch was touched with the Mrapen eternal flame that comes from a natural gas fire in a Javanese village.Local lore says the flame, used in annual Buddhist ceremonies, has burned since the 15th century.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The organizing committee of the games said the month-long torch relay will take it through 54 cities before arriving at the renovated Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta for the opening ceremony.Committee chairman Erick Thohir said the torch relay, which begins after further ceremonies in the sultanate of Yogyakarta on Thursday, aims to “spread the spirit” of the games to all corners of Indonesia. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins The torch was lit in New Delhi, the host of the first-ever Asian Games in 1951, on Sunday and arrived in Indonesia on Tuesday. The flame was kept alive in a special lantern during the flight.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go?