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PSC chairman Ramirez: 2019 SEA Games to push through

Jun 20, 2019 - 2:10 PM

'It’s of national interest to proceed with the November 30 Southeast Asian Games,' says PSC chairman Butch Ramirez

STILL A GO. The Philippines continues its preparations for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

2019 SEA Games: POC chairman Tolentino to call for special elections

Jun 19, 2019 - 6:27 PM

POC chairman Bambol Tolentino calls for elections, claiming the successors to Ricky Vargas' post are not qualified

DRAMA CONTINUES. POC chairman Bambol Tolentino (left) says first vice president Joey Romasanta may not be qualified to take over as president. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

New POC president looks to regroup as SEA Games hosting nears

Jun 18, 2019 - 5:52 PM

After Ricky Vargas' surprise resignation, new president Joey Romasanta plans to get the Philippine Olympic Committee board more involved in the 2019 SEA Games preparations

MAJOR CHANGES. New POC president Joey Romasanta leads the regrouping needed as the Philippines' staging of the SEA Games draws near. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

2019 SEA GAMES: Cayetano debunks claims of questionable deals

Jun 18, 2019 - 1:38 PM

Alan Peter Cayetano clears up issues that have beset the Philippine SEA Games organizing committee

IN DEFENSE. Alan Peter Cayetano answers questions being hurled at the PHISGOC in a meeting with the national sports associations. File photo from Philippine Sports Commission

TIMELINE: Will the POC feud affect PH's SEA Games hosting?

Jun 13, 2019 - 5:27 PM

There's tension in the Philippine sports leadership once again with barely 6 months left before the country hosts the Southeast Asian Games

PSC chairman Ramirez accepts role as 2019 SEA Games chef de mission

May 29, 2019 - 11:53 AM

After reconsidering the offer, PSC chairman Butch Ramirez commits to the big role of Philippine chef de mission to the SEA Games

DUAL ROLE. (from left to right) ASEC under the Office of the Executive Secretary Kim Raissa Uy, PSC chairman Butch Ramirez, POC president Ricky Vargas, POC communications director Ed Picson and POC deputy secretary-general Karen Caballero are present in Ramirez' announcement to accept the Philippines' 2019 SEA Games chef de mission role. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

'In shambles:' PSC chairman Ramirez declines SEA Games chef de mission offer

May 28, 2019 - 11:31 AM

'Today, we wake up to a Philippine sports world in shambles,' says Philippine Sports Commission chairman Butch Ramirez in a statement

CALL FOR UNITY. PSC chairman Butch Ramirez offers to mediate the matters concerning the POC. Photo from Rappler's Kuala Lumpur 2017 gallery

PH Softball to join 3 major tournaments in 2019

Apr 16, 2019 - 3:17 PM

RP Blu Girls and the RP Blu Boys are in for a busy 2019

RESURGENCE. Philippine Softball is aiming to make a grand comeback to the world stage. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

SEA Games 2019 targets 12,000 volunteers

Apr 13, 2019 - 6:46 PM

The country needs all the help it can get for a successful hosting of the 2019 SEA Games

FOR THE COUNTRY. PHISGOC taps former Ateneo Lady Eagles to promote the 2019 SEA Games. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Philippine rugby shoots for SEA Games double gold

Mar 29, 2019 - 6:58 PM

Ranked among the top squads in Southeast Asia, the national men and women's rugby teams hope to live up to their billing

GOLDEN YEAR. Homegrown talent Jonel Madrona is one of the favorites to make it to the 2019 SEA Games team. File photo from Philippine Rugby Football Union

WATCH: PH athletes aim to make mark in 2019 SEA Games

Mar 27, 2019 - 1:39 PM

Filipino athletes are determined to bring the Philippines back to the podium

DEBUTANTE. Jiu-jitsu world champion Meggie Ochoa aims for the inaugural SEA Games gold. Rappler screenshot

'Crab mentality' behind 2019 SEA Games squabble

Mar 23, 2019 - 10:19 PM

PHISGOC chairman Alan Peter Cayetano urges sports officials to keep their issues in the background

ALL SYSTEMS GO. The Philippines will push through with its hosting of the 2019 SEA Games. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler


PH hosting of 2019 SEA Games to push through

Mar 23, 2019 - 6:53 PM

PHISGOC chairman Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippines will honor its commitment to host the 'best SEA Games ever'

NO COMING BACK. The Philippines has not backed out of its hosting of the 2019 SEA Games. File photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler


SEA Games 2019: Basketball events back at MOA Arena

Mar 20, 2019 - 5:34 PM

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and the PHISGOC successfully carve out a way to bring the basketball events back to Mall of Asia Arena

DYNASTY. Gilas Pilipinas cops its 18th SEA Games gold in the 2017 Kuala Lumpur Games. File photo

SEA Games 2019: SBP, LVPI look for alternative venues

Mar 14, 2019 - 6:10 PM

Despite the unavailability of big venues, the national basketball and volleyball federations remain committed to a successful SEA Games hosting

SEA GAMES VETERAN. Kiefer Ravena leads the Philippines to its 18th gold medal in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games. Photo by PSC-POC Media Group

PH skateboarding holds regional qualifiers

Mar 14, 2019 - 4:37 PM

Philippine skateboarding preps up for the 2019 SEA Games by holding a series of regional qualifiers starting this March

AIMING FOR GOLD. Margielyn Didal looks to continue her golden run with a SEA Games gold medal. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

SEA Games 2019: Yulo, Asiad golden girls banner PH flag bearer candidates

Mar 14, 2019 - 3:21 PM

Four athletes who made 2018 a year to remember for Philippine sports headline the candidates eyed to serve as flag bearer in this year's SEA Games

RISING STAR. Carlos Yulo continues to prove he's among the best in world gymnastics. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Why were Fajardo, Dy left out of PH women's volleyball pool?

Mar 08, 2019 - 6:18 PM

Kim Fajardo and Kim Kianna Dy may be notably missing from the national volleyball pool, but coach Shaq delos Santos says the door remains open for their comeback

SIDELINED. Kim Dy (left) and Kim Fajardo remain doubtful for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. Photos from the 2018 Asian Games media pool

LIST: PH volleyball team pools for SEA Games 2019

Mar 08, 2019 - 4:55 PM

The Philippines aims for a podium finish in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games volleyball events

'SAMBAYAN'. Philippines aims for a podium finish in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

SEA Games 2019: Valdez, Santiago banner PH volleyball pool

Mar 08, 2019 - 12:19 PM

The 2019 SEA Games buildup gets going as Philippine volleyball forms a 22-strong women’s training pool

MAINSTAY. Volleyball phenomAlyssa Valdez stays in the national team. Photo by Asian Games PH media pool

SEA Games 2019: New Clark City construction 'ahead of schedule'

Feb 21, 2019 - 1:23 PM

The New Clark City Sports complex is scheduled to be completed by August 31, over two months before the Philippines hosts the 2019 Southeast Asian Games

ON SCHEDULE. The athletics stadium needs to be completed in 6 months. File photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler

SEA Games 2019 suffers 33% budget cut

Feb 15, 2019 - 3:14 PM

Only P5 billion of the proposed P7.5 billion budget for the country's hosting of the regional sporting event has been approved

9 MONTHS. The 30th Southeast Asian Games to be hosted in the Philippines will take place on November 30 to December 11. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Philippine Airlines to fly SEA Games 2019 athletes to Manila

Feb 14, 2019 - 2:49 PM

Flag-carrier Philippine Airlines will be flying sport leaders from the 10 other participating countries in the 2019 SEA Games to Manila

OFFICIAL CARRIER. Philippine Airlines signs a partnership agreement with Philippine sports officials granting them the official carrier status for the 2019 SEA Games. Photo from Philippine Airlines

PH skateboarding to host tryouts for SEA Games buildup

Feb 11, 2019 - 3:11 PM

The search for the most talented Filipino skaters will kick off with the Luzon leg in Iba, Zambales, in March

GAME CHANGER. Margielyn Didal has sparked an emergence of skateboarding in the Philippines with a gold medal in the 2018 Asian Games. Photo from Warren Stuart’s Instagram (@wzahk)


SEA GAMES 2019: SBP aims to sweep all basketball events

Feb 05, 2019 - 8:36 PM

Philippine basketball is tasked to secure the golds in the men's and women's 5x5 and 3x3 competitions, respectively

DOMINANCE. The Philippine national men's basketball team cops the country's 18th gold medal in the 2017 SEA Games. Photo by PSC-POC Media Group

2019 SEA Games swimming to serve as Olympic qualifier

Feb 03, 2019 - 7:51 PM

FINA approves the 30th Southeast Asian Games in Manila as an Olympic qualifying meet

OLYMPIAN. Filipino swimmer Jessie Lacuna hopes to represent the country anew in the world's biggest sporting event. File photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

POC: Gov't agency support can speed up SEA Games 2019 preparations

Feb 01, 2019 - 9:31 PM

Philippine Olympic Committee president Ricky Vargas has started to feel anxious as plans for the 2019 SEA Games have fallen behind schedule

UNDER PRESSURE. Philippine Olympic Committee president Ricky Vargas hopes that government agencies will heed the call of the executive order. Photo from SBP Facebook

Maraño brings energy to PH volley team's busy year

Jan 27, 2019 - 3:10 PM

Philippine volleyball braces for a busy 2019, but Aby Maraño hopes to juggle her club commitments and national team duties well

MOTIVATOR. Aby Maraño accepts her role as the team captain as she aims to motivate her team mates in the tough year ahead of them. Photo by Asian Games PH media pool

Alyssa Valdez targets 2019 SEA Games medal

Jan 25, 2019 - 6:39 PM

After years of failing to make the podium, Alyssa Valdez is not settling for anything short of a medal when the country hosts the Southeast Asian Games

EARLY PREPARATION. Alyssa Valdez that preparation is the key to the Philippine women's volleyball team's success in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. Photo by Asian Games PH media pool

SEA Games 2019: PH polo aims for country’s 1st gold

Jan 21, 2019 - 1:19 PM

'Hopefully we can produce the first gold and set things in motion for Team Philippines,' says Mikee Romero

BID FOR GOLD. Federation International Polo Zone D President Peter Predevilla (6th from right) is flanked by UPPA Chairman Emeritus Representative Mikee Romero (left) and POC President Ricky Vargas as polo is officially named a 2019 SEA Games sport. Photo from release

Philippine Swimming Inc warns member teams of 'other group'

Jan 14, 2019 - 8:02 AM

Only the FINA-recognized swimming body of the Philippines can conduct national tryouts for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games

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LOOK: Netizens slam official SEA Games mascot 'Pami'

Jan 09, 2019 - 8:40 PM

As was the case with the SEA Games logo, netizens did not waste time ridiculing the 'smiling sponge ball-type figure'

Expect packed UAAP Season 82 as PH hosts 2019 SEA Games

Jan 06, 2019 - 5:23 PM

Season 82 host Ateneo plans to compress the UAAP basketball schedule as league athletes also gear up for the regional meet

THREE-PEAT? The Ateneo Blue Eagles' mission for a three-peat championship adjusts to the 2019 SEA Games schedule. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

2019 SEA Games: Rizal Memorial Stadium renovations in full swing

Jan 03, 2019 - 8:49 PM

Individual seats and a roof over the spectators' area are some of the improvements expected from the renovation of the Rizal Memorial Stadium

UNDERWAY. The Rizal Memorial Football Stadium is undergoing renovation to conform to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) standards. Photo from Wikipedia

10 striking sports moments on social media in 2018

Dec 26, 2018 - 7:02 PM

From the shocking 'basketbrawl' to the inclusion of esports as a medal event in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, here's a roundup of the most interacted sports events on Rappler's social media accounts this year

5 games shortlisted for SEA Games 2019's esport events

Dec 22, 2018 - 1:02 PM

SEA Games 2019 marks the first time for esports to be an official medal event. Prior, esports were a demonstration event at the 2018 Asian Games.

ARENA OF VALOR. Garena's mobile multiplayer online battle arena title 'Arena of Valor' boasts over 200 million players worldwide, making it among the biggest games in the world. Photo from Garena


PH Wushu 'pressured' to deliver in 2019 SEA Games

Dec 11, 2018 - 6:58 PM

The Philippine Wushu team knows that there are expectations for them to win as the host country of the 2019 SEA Games

EXPECTATIONS. The Philippine Wushu team turns their focus to the 2019 Southeast Asian Games that will be hosted in Manila. Photo from release

Drilon questions inclusion of P7.5-B SEA Games budget in DFA

Dec 06, 2018 - 8:50 PM

It was former foreign secretary Alan Peter Cayetano who requested it, but Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon points out that sports development is not a task for the Department of Foreign Affairs

Senator Franklin Drilon at the senate hearing on the budget of the Department of Foreign Affairs. Photo by Angie de Silva

PH begins countdown to hosting SEA Games 2019

Nov 30, 2018 - 11:07 PM

The Philippines has less than 365 days to go until it hosts the biggest Southeast Asian Games in history

GRAND CELEBRATION. Philippines is hosting the 30th Southeast Asian Games in 2019. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

LOOK: SEA Games 2019 logo stands tall at Bayanihan Park

Nov 30, 2018 - 8:47 PM

The Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee sticks to the ring-like logo for the 30th edition of the biennial regional meet

IT'S OFFICIAL. The 11 rings of the SEA Games 2019 logo represent the member countries of the biennial regional meet. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

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Nov 28, 2018 - 10:05 PM

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Esports now a medal event at 2019 SEA Games

Nov 28, 2018 - 1:54 PM

It’s the first time for esports to be a medal event in sporting events under the International Olympic Committee

MEDAL SPORT. David Tse, global esports director from gaming computer and accessory maker, Razer, announces that esports will be a medal event at 2019 SEA Games. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


SEA GAMES 2019: Skateboarding, windsurfing among 56 approved sports

Nov 26, 2018 - 6:25 PM

The Southeast Asian Games Federation Council adds 26 more sports to the initially approved list

SKATE QUEEN. Margielyn Didal is slated to debut in the 2019 SEA Games in the recently added skateboarding event. Photo courtesy of Philippine Sports Commission

SEA Games: New Clark City Sports Complex to rise in 9 months

Nov 23, 2018 - 6:18 PM

The new sports complex will become the country’s first world-class facility in over 80 years

EXCITEMENT. Athletes and officials pose in the Athletics Stadium that is still under construction. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

PH boxing targets 20 events in 2019 SEA Games

Sep 19, 2018 - 10:45 AM

This may be the first time the Southeast Asian Games will include junior events in the boxing tournament

20 EVENTS. 20 gold medals are set to be up for grabs in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games boxing tournament. Photo courtesy of Asian Games PH media pool

Marestella Torres Sunang seeks redemption in SEA Games swan song

Sep 03, 2018 - 7:05 PM

The Filipina long jumper aims to retire with a gold medal in front of the home crowd

FINAL LEAP. Marestella Torres-Sunang is set to retire in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.  Photo by Asian Games medial pool

Eric Cray: 'Worst race in my career'

Aug 31, 2018 - 11:57 AM

The Philippine hurdles king has been juggling training and a full-time job in Texas

RACE TO THE TOP. Eric Cray starts anew with his goal to back on top his game. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

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Aug 30, 2018 - 1:16 PM

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Cayetano defends SEA Games logo as 'work in progress'

Aug 29, 2018 - 10:47 PM

'In one sense it worked by gaining interest,' says Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, organizing committee chair of the 30th SEA Games

SEA GAMES. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, organizing committee chair of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, says the logo for the event is a 'work in progress.' Cayetano photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PH wushu star Parantac puts retirement on hold

Aug 22, 2018 - 7:23 PM

Daniel Parantac plans to retire from international duty after the 2019 SEA Games in Manila

LAST PUSH. Daniel Parantac will not quit until the 2019 SEA Games that will be hosted in the Philippines. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler