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PH SEA Games team to be honored as Athlete of the Year in PSA Awards

Jan 20, 2020 - 5:24 PM

This is the second time the Philippine Sportswriters Association will recognize the entire Team Philippines as its Athlete of the Year awardee

HONORED. Athletes who represented the country in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games will be feted by the Philippine Sportswriters Association. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


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

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

Are we hopeful for 2020? We have to be.

Dec 20, 2019 - 9:00 AM

How to move on from the #Facepalm year that was 2019

Duterte confers Order of Lapulapu to SEA Games athletes

Dec 18, 2019 - 9:18 PM

The special presidential recognition is on top of cash incentives for medal-winning Filipino athletes

Duterte awards SEA Games athletes. RTVM screenshot

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

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

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

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

IN PHOTOS: Gold and grit at SEA Games 2019 triathlon, duathlon

Dec 13, 2019 - 12:07 PM

Here are some snapshots from the triathlon and duathlon events of SEA Games' Subic cluster

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

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

PH surfer awarded Fair Play Athlete of SEA Games 2019

Dec 11, 2019 - 9:56 PM

Roger Casogay gets recognized in the 2019 SEA Games closing ceremonies for helping his opponent get back to safety

Closing ceremonies of the 30th Southeast Asian Games at the New Clark City Athletic Stadium in Capas, Tarlac on December 11, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/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


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)

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

Aries Toledo retains SEA Games decathlon title

Dec 10, 2019 - 11:06 PM

Philippine athletics star Aries Toledo reigns supreme as Southeast Asia's 'strongest man'

STRONGEST MAN. Aries Toledo reigns as Southeast Asis's strongest man in the 2019 SEA Games. Photo by Josh Albelda/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

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