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Cayetano’s charm offensive in House shields him from SEA Games backlash

Dec 29, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Once the least trusted among the bets for Speaker, Alan Peter Cayetano works double time to woo House members. His tactics seem to be paying off.

THE VICTOR. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano addresses the House of Representatives for the first time on July 22, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

PH athletes clamor for same support in Vietnam SEA Games 2021

Dec 18, 2019 - 12:08 PM

'Hopefully, we still get that kind of preparation by the next SEA Games in Vietnam,' says men’s water polo team member Roy Cañete

READY FOR 2021. The Filipino athletes hope to ride on their momentum in the 2021 Vietnam SEA Games. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Golden trio: Brotherhood key for PH poomsae team

Dec 16, 2019 - 12:07 AM

Dustin Jacob Mella, Rodolfo Reyes Jr, and Raphael Enrico Mella capture their third straight SEA Games gold medal together

GOLD STREAK. Dustin Jacob Mella (from left), Rodolfo Reyes Jr, and Raphael Enrico Mella have not lost since they competed together in the SEA Games. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler


‘Unlucky’ Azkals deserve better SEA Games finish, says coach

Dec 15, 2019 - 5:11 PM

'Sometimes you deserve to go up, but you’re unlucky, but I am confident that we’ll be much better,' says Azkals coach Goran Milojevic

GALLANT EFFORT. Amani Aguinaldo (left) emerges a one of the Azkals’ top performers in the SEA Games. Photo by Mark R. Cristino/EPA-EFE

Bigger things await PH men’s volleyball after breakthrough run

Dec 14, 2019 - 10:19 PM

After the historic SEA Games campaign of the Philippine men’s volleyball team, national federation LVPI vows to plot an even better training program

OVERACHIEVERS. The Filipino spikers pull off a SEA Games surprise. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Gilas Women hope own pro league comes after historic SEA Games gold

Dec 14, 2019 - 8:29 PM

Gilas Pilipinas Women coach Pat Aquino says female basketball players will 'play as hard as they can' if given a chance to play in a professional league

UNBEATEN. Jack Animam and Gilas Pilipinas Women sweep the 2019 SEA Games to clinch their first gold medal. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


Didal, PH team call for more support, skate parks

Dec 14, 2019 - 7:24 PM

Margielyn Didal and the Philippine skateboarding team hope to see more skating facilities after their golden SEA Games romp

Filipino skateboarder Margielyn Didal bags the gold medal for the women's street skateboarding while Christiana Means gets the silver medal for the same event at the Tagaytay Extreme Sports Complex on December 7, 2019. Photo by Alvin Brian Go/Rappler

Team Lakay banners PH’s successful SEA Games kickboxing campaign

Dec 14, 2019 - 5:41 PM

Mentored by Team Lakay lynchpin Mark Sangiao, fighters Gina Iniong, Jerry Olsim and Jean Claude Saclag strike kickboxing gold in the 2019 SEA Games

Jerry Oslim of the Philippines wins the gold after defeating Klinming Sarayut of Thailand in the 30th SEA Games kickboxing -69 kg kick light class at the Cuneta Astrodome on December 9, 2019. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

POC boosts incentives for SEA Games 2019 medalists

Dec 14, 2019 - 3:00 PM

An individual gold won by a Filipino athlete in the 2019 SEA Games is now worth P750,000

MOST BEMEDALLED. Carlos Yulo is the most bemedalled athlete of the Philippines in the 2019 SEA Games with 2 golds and 5 silvers. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Colorful, dramatic: The highs and lows of SEA Games 2019

Dec 14, 2019 - 11:40 AM

Controversies, inspiring stories, record-breaking performances, and heart-tugging moments – the 2019 Southeast Asian Games had it all

CURTAINS CLOSED. The Philippines' fourth hosting of the 2019 SEA Games wraps up. Photos by Josh Albelda/Rappler, Leanne Jazul/Rappler, and Beatrice Go/Rappler


SEA Games affirms Centeno as future of PH billiards, says Amit

Dec 13, 2019 - 6:19 PM

Former world pool champion Rubilen Amit says Zamboanga City native Chezka Centeno is the rightful heir to the Philippine billiards throne

POOL PHENOMS. Billiards stars Rubilen Amit (left) and Chezka Centeno team up for the gold in the SEA Games 9-ball doubles. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Filipinos smash records at SEA Games 2019

Dec 13, 2019 - 3:55 PM

The stellar performance of Filipino athletes leads to multiple shattered records in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games

Kristina Knott bags the gold for the 200m womens. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

'Epal': Netizens irked with Cayetano's 'political' SEA Games 2019 closing speech

Dec 12, 2019 - 4:06 PM

As it turns out, not everybody is pleased with the speech delivered by House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano during the 2019 Southeast Asian Games closing ceremonies

Gamers and G-strings: 5 unusual moments from SEA Games 2019

Dec 12, 2019 - 1:55 PM

Sporting spectacle aside, here are some unusual and unforgettable moments in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games

Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Hidilyn Diaz to Filipinas: 'We can be both strong and beautiful’

Dec 12, 2019 - 12:33 PM

'One thing I learned is that I can be beautiful whenever I compete. We are beautiful in our on ways and as Filipinas, we are also strong,' says weightlifting star Hidilyn Diaz

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Cone: First SEA Games gold 'up there' with 21 PBA titles

Dec 12, 2019 - 11:38 AM

Two decades since settling for a bronze in the Asian Games, Tim Cone wins his first international gold medal in his storied coaching career

FULL CIRCLE. Tim Cone says the offer to coach the national team again was just too irresistible to refuse. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


WATCH: PH delivers perfect ending in SEA Games 2019

Dec 11, 2019 - 11:19 PM

Filipino athletes celebrate their sporting dominance in the country's hosting of the 2019 SEA Games

OVERALL CHAMPIONS. The Philippine delegation parade with joy in the 2019 SEA Game closing ceremonies. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Black Eyed Peas, Arnel Pineda perform at SEA Games 2019 closing

Dec 11, 2019 - 9:50 PM

Vietnam, the next SEA Games host, also flexes its artistic muscles during the closing ceremonies

BLACK EYED PEAS. The group performs for the crowd at the closing ceremonies of the 30th Southeast Asian Games at the New Clark City Athletic Stadium in Capas, Tarlac.

Kiefer Ravena dedicates 5th SEA Games gold to World Cup team

Dec 11, 2019 - 8:50 PM

Extending his record for most gold medals won by a Filipino in SEA Games basketball, Kiefer Ravena doesn't count out the chance of winning another one

ALWAYS READY. By just staying ready. Kiefer Ravena works his way to another SEA Games gold medal. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


In Duterte-land, U2’s Bono touches on the taboo

Dec 11, 2019 - 5:12 PM

’You don’t compromise on human rights,’ he wants to tell the President

'Worth it': Philippines reclaims SEA Games 2019 overall championship

Dec 11, 2019 - 2:42 PM

Host Philippines officially bags the overall championship after amassing an all-time high 149 golds in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games

The 30th Southeast Asian Games opening at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan on November 30, 2019. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: SEA Games 2019 Closing Ceremonies

Dec 11, 2019 - 1:56 PM

It's time to celebrate the Southeast Asian athletes' feats as the curtains come down on the 2019 SEA Games

Fajardo saves best for last with first SEA Games gold

Dec 11, 2019 - 1:34 PM

After back-to-back heartbreaks in the FIBA World Cup and the PBA, June Mar Fajardo ends his year with a personal milestone

EXTRA SPECIAL. June Mar Fajardo says he will keep his first SEA Games gold medal until he gets old. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler


La Union pride: Meet PH’s SEA Games closing rites flag bearer Roger Casogay

Dec 11, 2019 - 12:53 PM

Despite all the attention he’s getting, Filipino surfer Roger Casogay remains grounded and doesn't want to be called a hero

 Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Carlos Yulo to receive P3.2 million as Duterte gives SEA Games 2019 bonus

Dec 11, 2019 - 11:40 AM

(UPDATED) Gymnastics star Carlos Yulo emerges as the Philippines' most bemedalled athlete in the 2019 SEA Games

BEMEDALLED. Carlos Yulo bags 2 golds and 5 silvers in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

WATCH: PH reigns supreme in SEA Games 2019 Day 10

Dec 10, 2019 - 11:45 PM

The Philippines extends its reign in several key sporting events in the 2019 SEA Games

5TH STRAIGHT GOLD. Kiefer Ravena bags his 5th straight gold in the reigional biennial meet. Photo by Jerrick Reymar/Rappler

Espejo signs with Thai club Visakha after SEA Games silver finish

Dec 10, 2019 - 11:29 PM

Fresh from leading the Philippines to a historic podium finish, Marck Espejo brings his act to Thailand

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

A gold, silver, and bronze on the last day of SEA Games esports

Dec 10, 2019 - 10:34 PM

Caviar Acampado takes home the 'Starcraft II' gold while AK Laverez and Doujin Albar get the podium finish in 'Tekken 7'

SIBOL TEKKEN. AK Laverez and Alexandre Albar win the silver and bronze at the 2019 SEA Games. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


Team Lakay’s Iniong, Saclag seize kickboxing golds

Dec 10, 2019 - 10:30 PM

Philippine kickboxing wraps up its campaign on a triumphant note as Team Lakay members Gina Iniong and Jean Claude Saclag add two more gold medals

GOLDEN STRIKE. Philippine bet Jean Claude Saclag (left) pummels his Malaysian foe to rule the men’s 63.5kg low kick. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

No surprise: Gilas rips Thailand by 34 for 18th SEA Games gold

Dec 10, 2019 - 9:55 PM

The Philippines retains its status as the undisputed king of men's basketball in the region

BACK-TO-BACK. Christian Standhardinger wins his second SEA Games gold medal. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


Amit, Centeno blank Indonesian duo for 9-ball doubles gold

Dec 10, 2019 - 9:44 PM

After copping a gold each in singles play, Rubilen Amit and Chezka Centeno team up to rule the women’s 9-ball doubles

DOUBLE GOLD. Rubilen Amit and Chezka Centeno pick up their second gold. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Gilas Women crush Thailand for historic SEA Games gold

Dec 10, 2019 - 7:52 PM

Jack Animam, Janine Pontejos, and Afril Bernardino show the way as the Philippines rules women's basketball for the first time in SEA Games history

DOUBLE GOLD. Janine Pontejos wins her second gold medal in the 2019 SEA Games. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


Indonesia sweeps anew as PH settles for SEA Games men’s volley silver

Dec 10, 2019 - 7:38 PM

Despite settling for silver, the Philippine men's volleyball team closes out its best SEA Games campaign in 42 years

FIGHTING FORM. The Filipino spikers try to block Indonesia's attack. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

PH hurdles king Eric Cray races to 4th straight SEA Games gold

Dec 10, 2019 - 6:32 PM

Putting his early flop behind, Philippine athletics star Eric Cray clocks his season-best time in the SEA Games 400m hurdles

HURDLES KING. Eric Cray cruises to his best performance in two years in front of his countrymen. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

LIVE UPDATES: Philippines vs Thailand - SEA Games 2019 basketball finals

Dec 10, 2019 - 3:37 PM

The Philippines guns for an 18th SEA Games gold medal in men's basketball against Thailand on Tuesday, December 10, at the Mall of Asia Arena

Photo from fiba.basketball


Olympic hopeful Daniel Caluag grabs BMX racing silver

Dec 10, 2019 - 3:22 PM

After a heartbreaking start to his SEA Games campaign, Filipino BMX star Daniel Caluag bounces back and clinches a silver

Daniel Patrick Caluag of the Philippines bags silver against Thailand during the finals of the BMX race cycling event of the 30th SEA Games at the BMX Track, Tagaytay City Centrum on December 10, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Manuel draws Jokic comparison from ex-Gilas coach Toroman

Dec 10, 2019 - 2:19 PM

Vic Manuel gets high praise from Indonesia coach Rajko Toroman, but the 'Muscle Man' laughs it off after helping power Gilas Pilipinas to a SEA Games semifinal win

MUSCLE MAN. Vic Manuel is Gilas Pilipinas leading scorer in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Indonesia – SEA Games 2019 men's volleyball gold medal match

Dec 10, 2019 - 12:45 PM

After a miraculous semifinal triumph, the Philippine men's volleyball team shoots for a historic SEA Games gold against Indonesia

Stellar year: UP summa cum laude Jamie Lim relishes SEA Games gold

Dec 10, 2019 - 11:38 AM

Karateka Jamie Lim replicates the SEA Games success her father and PBA legend Samboy Lim enjoyed when he won a gold in the 1983 edition

COMEBACK. Jamie Lim marks her return to karatedo following a four-year hiatus with her first SEA Games gold medal. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler


After missing NU 6-peat, Animam seeks history with Gilas Women

Dec 10, 2019 - 8:49 AM

Jack Animam vows to help Gilas Pilipinas Women capture their first 5-on-5 gold medal in the SEA Games

TRIUMPHANT DEBUT. Jack Animam and Gilas Pilipinas Women kick off their SEA Games campaign on the right foot. File photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


Dennis Orcollo pockets SEA Games 10-ball gold

Dec 10, 2019 - 1:21 AM

Filipino pool star Dennis Orcollo breaks his four-year Southeast Asian Games championship drought

Dennis Orcollo Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Olsim, Barbosa shore up PH assault in kickboxing, taekwondo

Dec 10, 2019 - 1:02 AM

Jerry Olsim rules the men's -69kg kick light division in kickboxing, while Kurt Bryan Barbosa tops the men's -54kg in taekwondo

FIRST GOLD. Representing the famed Team Lakay, Jerry Olsim delivers. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler


Unheralded Bautista, Calano run away with SEA Games athletics golds

Dec 10, 2019 - 12:23 AM

Philippine bets Clinton Kingsley Bautista and Melvin Calano deliver golden surprises on Day 4 of athletics action

AGAINST ODDS. Clinton Kingsley Bautista manages to top the men's 110m hurdles just right after recovering from a knee injury. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

WATCH: PH reclaims boxing dominance in SEA Games 2019 Day 9

Dec 09, 2019 - 11:50 PM

Philippine boxing makes a rousing comeback with 7 golds, surpassing its two-gold haul in the 2017 edition

DOMINANCE. Nesthy Petecio wins the featherweight women's boxing bout. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Valdez takes benching in stride as PH drops SEA Games bronze match

Dec 09, 2019 - 11:04 PM

After the Philippine volleyball team's gut-wrenching loss, Alyssa Valdez says 'if it’s not our time, it’s not our time'

PH Women's Volleyball team's Alyssa Valdez in tears after losing to Indonesia in the battle for bronze match, in the 30th SEA Games Women's Volleyball on December 9, 2019. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Philippines brings home the gold medal for 'Dota 2'

Dec 09, 2019 - 10:34 PM

The Philippines comes from behind in epic game 5 finish

SIBOL. From left to right, John Anthony 'Natsumi' Vargas, Mc Nicholson 'Mac' Villanueva, Marvin Salvador 'Boomy' Rushton, Bryle Jacob 'CML' Alvizo, and Jun 'Bok' Kanehara. Photo by Kyle Chua/Rappler


Gilas Pilipinas proves too much for Toroman-led Indonesia to reach finals

Dec 09, 2019 - 10:03 PM

Chris Ross, Matthew Wright, and Marcio Lassiter all find their touch from long range as the Philippines sets up a SEA Games 2019 finals date with Thailand

Photo by Richard Esguerra/Rappler


Marcial, Suarez bolster PH boxing gold haul

Dec 09, 2019 - 9:42 PM

Eumir Marcial stops his opponent in 71 seconds as 5 Filipino boxers wrap up the country’s ring campaign in resounding fashion

LETHAL. Eumir Marcial rocks Vietnamese foe Nguyen Manh Cuong to the core. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Pinay boxers Gabuco, Petecio strike SEA Games golds

Dec 09, 2019 - 8:21 PM

Josie Gabuco and Nesthy Petecio enthrall the crowd as the Filipina boxers ace their final assignments

Josie Gabuco of the Philippines brings home the gold during the finals of the Women’s light Welter (64kg) boxing event of the 30th SEA Games at the PICC Forum on December 9, 2019.

Charmaine Dolar nabs lone PH medal in aerobic gymnastics

Dec 09, 2019 - 6:45 PM

Vietnam and Thailand dominate as aerobic gymnast Charmaine Dolor carries the fight for the Philippines

Charmaine Dolar and Carl Joshua Tangonan of the Philippines performs in the finals of the Mixed Pair category in the Aerobic Gymnastics Individual event of the 30th SEA Games at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum on December 9, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler