WATCH: PH rises to top early in SEA Games 2019 Day 1

CLARK, Philippines – The Philippines took the early top spot in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games medal tally on Sunday, December 1. 

Fresh off a golden performance in the world championships, Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifier Carlos Yulo delivered a gold in the men's all-around final to start his bid for a SEA Games sweep. 

Host Philippines started Day 1 with a sweep of the triathlon events, thanks to John Chicano and Kim Mangrobang's stellar showing. 

The Filipino dancers dazzled their way to a whopping 10 gold medals in dancesport, which made a return to the regiona biennial meet after 12 years.

Agatha Wong, meanwhile, ably defended her title for the gold in taolu taijiquan event of wushu.

Scoring big in arnis, the Filipinos also raked in 5 gold medals in the homegrown sport. 

The Philippines bagged a double gold in sepak takraw in the men and women's hoops event. – 

Beatrice Go

More commonly known as “Bee”, Beatrice is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Phillippine sports governance, national teams, football and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.