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Dream come true: EJ Obiena caps off stellar year with SEA Games gold

Dec 20, 2019 - 7:50 PM

'It's like a telenovela. I couldn't have written it better. Things have been going really bad and in my home country, I finally win the gold,' says EJ Obiena

VINDICATION. EJ Obiena completes a six-year wait for the elusive SEA Games gold in front of the home crowd. Photo by Josh Albelda/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

Experts see bright PH jiu-jitsu future after SEA Games surprise

Dec 16, 2019 - 8:55 PM

The Philippine jiu-jitsu team collects 5 gold, 3 silver, and 3 bronze medals in the 2019 SEA Games

GOLDEN GIRL. Meggie Ochoa leads the Philippines' dominant display in jiu-jitsu's debut in the SEA Games. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler


John Marvin shock exit lit Marcial fire to capture SEA Games boxing gold

Dec 16, 2019 - 4:41 PM

With friend and teammate John Marvin in mind, Eumir Marcial barely breaks a sweat as he clinches his third straight SEA Games gold medal

DOMINANT. Eumir Marcial makes short work of his Vietnamese foe in the middleweight finals of the 2019 SEA Games. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler


PH wakeboarding quietly delivers in SEA Games 2019

Dec 16, 2019 - 1:44 PM

The Philippine wakeboarding team nets 2 gold, 2 silver, and 2 bronze medals in the 2019 SEA Games

CHIPPING IN. The Philippine wakeboarding team contributes 6 medals to the Philippines' haul in the 2019 SEA Games. Contributed photo


Gina Iniong's sacrifice pays off with SEA Games kickboxing gold

Dec 16, 2019 - 12:12 PM

Gina Iniong postpones her honeymoon to represent the country in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games

WOMAN OF HER WORD. Gina Iniong fulfills her promise to her husband to win a gold medal in the SEA Games. Photo from release


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

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

SEA Games gold haul cements Cordillera's claim as center for PH combat sports

Dec 14, 2019 - 5:38 PM

Athletes from the Cordilleras collect 18 gold medals in the SEA Games 2019, mostly from combat sports

CULTURAL SHOWCASE. Crisamuel Delfin says it's important for him to honor his tribe's traditional costume. Photo by Wakil Koshar/AFP

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

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

Arnis, 3 other sports account for quarter of PH SEA Games gold haul

Dec 12, 2019 - 7:07 PM

Filipino athletes put on a dominant SEA Games show in arnis, dancesport, athletics, and boxing

GOLDEN. Philippine bet Villardo Cunamay (left) captures the gold after overpowering Mengly Yong of Cambodia in the SEA Games arnis men's lightweight finals. Photo by Mark R. Cristino/EPA-EFE

'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


Getting into the Christmas spirit

Dec 12, 2019 - 1:16 AM

It's a mindset

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


Brief encounter: Fighter wins SEA Games gold after underwear row

Dec 11, 2019 - 6:57 PM

Filipino arnisador Crisamuel Delfin admits he considered sacrificing his golden bid than be forced to wear underpants

In this photo taken on December 3, 2019, Philippine's Crisamuel Delfin competes in the non traditional men's open weapon final in the SEA Games (Southeast Asian Games) in Tarlac City, north of Manila. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP)

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

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

Gilas SEA Games team better than World Cup crew, says Toroman

Dec 10, 2019 - 5:03 PM

Although the World Cup team had Andray Blatche, coach Rajko Toroman says it did not have chemistry unlike the current SEA Games squad

REUNION. Rajko Toroman faces Gilas Pilipinas, his former team he helped set the foundation for. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/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


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


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

Ombudsman probes PHISGOC, Cayetano in possible SEA Games corruption

Dec 09, 2019 - 3:34 PM

(UPDATED) Despite it being a private foundation, the Ombudsman says 'hindi puwedeng hindi kasama ang PHISGOC'

SEA GAMES PROBE. Ombudsman Samuel Martires creates a 7-man fact-finding panel to look into possible corruption in the Philippines' organizing of the Southeast Asian Games. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Indonesia's Jokowi praises Filipino surfer Casogay: 'Humanity is above all'

Dec 09, 2019 - 2:58 PM

'To win a competition and uphold sportsmanship are important, but humanity is above all,' President Jokowi tweets in Indonesian

Surfing champ Roger Casogay named flag bearer in SEA Games 2019 closing

Dec 09, 2019 - 12:16 PM

After his inspiring story went viral, Roger Casogay earns the honor to lead the Philippine contingent in the 2019 SEA Games closing ceremonies

HEART OF A FILIPINO. Roger Casugay's story in the 2019 SEA Games exemplifies sportsmanship. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

'Sarap maging Pinoy': Netizens ecstatic with historic SEA Games PH men's volleyball win

Dec 09, 2019 - 11:31 AM

The Philippine men's volleyball team finally gets the attention it deserves and we are all here for it

'More sushi for us': Joseph Schooling makes Olympics cut in SEA Games 2019

Dec 09, 2019 - 7:50 AM

A relieved Joseph Schooling gets the chance to defend his 100m butterfly gold in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

GOLDEN RETURN. Joseph Schooling looks back and sees that he eclipsed the Tokyo 2020 Olympics cut in the 2019 SEA Games men's 100m butterfly.  Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Historic SEA Games gold couldn’t have come in better fashion for Sibol Mobile Legends

Dec 09, 2019 - 4:53 AM

The Philippines completes a heady comeback against favorites Indonesia

SIBOL MOBILE LEGENDS. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


Sibling sensation: Altomontes offer double SEA Games gold to mom

Dec 08, 2019 - 9:36 PM

National athletes Francesca and Dino Altomonte pay tribute to their parents after winning two SEA Games golds in two sports

CHAMPS ONLY. Francesca and Dino Altomonte share their winning moment with their mom.

Surf savior and champ Roger Casogay: 'I’m not a hero'

Dec 08, 2019 - 5:51 PM

His inspiring story may have gone viral but surfer Roger Casogay still downplays his heroism

PROUD PARTNER. Roger Casugay gets a kiss from Dutch girlfriend Lisa Verweij. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Hero surfer Casogay beats Indonesian he saved before golden ride

Dec 08, 2019 - 2:14 PM

Filipino surfer Roger Casogay bags the gold medal in the longboard event against compatriot Rogelio Esquivel

Sea Games Surfing Finals, in San Juan, La Union... Philippines Roger Casugay of Siargao rescued his Indonesian rival Arit Nurhidayat two days ago in their longboard heat. They resumed their battle and Casugay won. He now fights Filipino JayR Esquivel in the finals. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Gilas cautious in romp of Myanmar: 'We don't want to discourage them'

Dec 08, 2019 - 1:40 PM

Tim Cone says Gilas Pilipinas wants Myanmar to keep coming back in the SEA Games despite breezing through a 69-point win

DOMINATION. Gilas Pilipinas has won its first 3 games in the 2019 SEA Games by a whopping margin of 162 points. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Skater Means relishes PH team debut: 'It is my dream'

Dec 08, 2019 - 1:01 PM

Rising Fil-Am skateboarder Christiana Means proves to be as entertaining as she’s good

Filipino skateboarder Christiana Means gets the silver medal in the women's street skateboarding event of the 30th SEA Games at the Tagaytay Extreme Sports Complex on December 7, 2019. Photo by Mary Grace dela Cerna/Rappler

Netizens rally behind Agatha Wong after 'I'm a Filipina more than anything' tweet

Dec 08, 2019 - 11:20 AM

After winning two gold medals in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, Philippine wushu star Agatha Wong took to Twitter to respond to her critics

Agatha Chrystenz Wong of the Philippines performs in the wome's Taijijian Wushu competition with a 9.65 points in the 30th SEA Games on December 3, 2019 at the World Trade Center. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Junna Tsukii 'bullied' by coach after clinching SEA Games karate gold

Dec 08, 2019 - 9:32 AM

'I don't know you in my team, you are not my athlete. I don't want to see you. I don't want to talk to you. You're not living for me. I don't know any Junna Tsukii,’ the national coach tells karate star Junna Tsukii

Maraño praises Valdez for playing through stomach pains

Dec 08, 2019 - 8:43 AM

The Philippine women’s volleyball team rallies together to get its offense going as Alyssa Valdez sits out

GUTSY. Aby Maraño and the Filipina spikers put up a fight despite the odds. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

'Heart of gold': Pinoy SEA Games surfer lauded for saving competitor from drowning

Dec 07, 2019 - 5:48 PM

Social media users praise Filipino surfer Roger Casogay for his priceless act of heroism in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games

FROM FOES TO FRIENDS. Indonesian Arip Nurhidayat (left) finds a savior in Filipino rival Roger Casugay (center) during the SEA Games surfing competition.

Fil-Brit boxer John Marvin after shock loss: 'I’ll be back'

Dec 07, 2019 - 5:26 PM

John Marvin admits he’s 'gutted, heartbroken' after failing to defend his SEA Games light heavyweight title

Filipino boxer Marvin John Nobel loses to Truong Dinh Hoang of Vietnam in the men's light heavyweight boxing of the 30th SEA Games on December 5, 2019 at the PICC Forum. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Gymnastics chief rues missed chance of 'distracted' Carlos Yulo

Dec 07, 2019 - 11:38 AM

After Carlos Yulo collected 2 golds and 5 silvers, Philippine gymnastics president Cynthia Carrion thinks her top ward could have completed a golden sweep

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Vietnam finds Fajardo code hard to crack as 'Kraken' breaks loose

Dec 07, 2019 - 10:49 AM

June Mar Fajardo runs roughshod over Vietnam as Gilas Pilipinas follows up its 52-point rout of Singapore with a 41-point blowout in the 2019 SEA Games

DOMINANT FORCE. June Mar Fajardo overpowers Vietnam to help Gilas Pilipinas punch its semifinals ticket in the 2019 SEA Games. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler