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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

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

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

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

Jamie Lim, daughter of PBA legend, nails SEA Games karatedo gold

Dec 09, 2019 - 3:27 PM

Karateka Jamie Lim joins her father and legendary basketball player Samboy Lim as a SEA Games gold medalist with a gritty win in the women's +61kg finals

ANOTHER ONE. Jamie Lim clinches the second gold medal for the Philippine karatedo team in the 2019 SEA Games. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

SEA Games 2019: Timor-Leste no longer empty-handed

Dec 09, 2019 - 1:51 PM

Enduring 7 days without a podium finish in the 2019 SEA Games, Timor-Leste wins 3 bronze medals in taekwondo and boxing

FINALLY. Amorin Imbrolia Araujo Dos Reis gets emotional realizing the feat she accomplished for Timor-Leste. Photo from Facebook/2019seagamesph

LIVE UPDATES: Philippines vs Indonesia - SEA Games 2019 basketball semifinals

Dec 09, 2019 - 10:09 AM

Gilas Pilipinas vies for a spot in the gold medal match against an Indonesia side mentored by former Philippine coach Rajko Toroman

Lopez, PH taekwondo team kick way to 3 SEA Games gold

Dec 08, 2019 - 11:41 PM

Pauline Lopez, Samuel Morrison, and Dave Cea all deliver gold medals as the Philippine taekwondo team dominates on the second day of competition

ANOTHER ONE. Pauline Lopez collects her second SEA Games gold medal. File photo by Martin San Diego

After disqualification, Eric Cray leads PH to relay gold

Dec 08, 2019 - 11:14 PM

Eric Cray misses the chance to reclaim his title as Southeast Asia's fastest man, but redeems himself with a relay gold

REDEMPTION. Eric Cray tows the Philippine team to a gold in the mixed 4x100m relay. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Amit trumps Centeno, cops SEA Games 9-ball gold

Dec 08, 2019 - 10:12 PM

Rubilen Amit walks away with the 9-ball gold this time after succumbing to Chezka Centeno in the women's 10-ball finals

COMEBACK FASHION. Rubilen Amit comes back from a two-rack deficit to topple compatriot Chezka Centeno. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Gilas Women dethrone Malaysia, win away from historic SEA Games gold

Dec 08, 2019 - 8:59 PM

Led by Afril Bernardino, the Philippines comes from behind to assure itself of a silver-medal finish

INCHING CLOSER. Jack Animam and Gilas Pilipinas Women are one win away from making history. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Palicte, Suarez banner PH boxing semis sweep

Dec 08, 2019 - 8:14 PM

Charly Suarez, James Palicte and 3 other Filipino boxers reach the gold medal match in their respective divisions

GOLD QUEST. Charly Suarez will have a chance to win his third SEA Games gold medal. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/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

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

WATCH: PH smashes records to stay on top in SEA Games 2019 Day 7

Dec 07, 2019 - 11:41 PM

Sprinter Kristina Knott and pole vault star EJ Obiena pull off record-breaking romps in athletics action

STELLAR. Kristina Knott celebrate after a historic run in the women's 200m dash. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Gold rush in SEA Games taekwondo as PH rakes in 4 golds, 4 silvers

Dec 07, 2019 - 10:02 PM

The poomsae team fuels the Philippines' gold factory, winning at least a silver in each of the 8 categories on the first day of competition

GOLD AFTER GOLD. Rodolfo Reyes Jr wins back-to-back gold medals in the two events he participated in. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Patrombon, Alcantara nip compatriots for lone SEA Games tennis gold

Dec 07, 2019 - 6:44 PM

Francis Alcantara and Jeson Patrombon come from behind to beat Treat Huey and Ruben Gonzales in the all-Filipino men's double finals

GOLDEN DUO. Jeson Patrombon and Francis Alcantara both win their first SEA Games gold medals. Photo by Lisa Marie P. David/Rappler

[PODCAST] May conflict of interest ba si Alan Cayetano sa SEA Games 2019?

Dec 06, 2019 - 12:21 PM

Paano napunta sa ilalim ng kontrol ni Alan Peter Cayetano ang bilyon-bilyong pondo para sa 30th Southeast Asian Games 2019?

Christine Hallasgo upsets marathon queen Tabal for SEA Games gold

Dec 06, 2019 - 9:22 AM

Bukidnon bet Christine Hallasgo spoils Mary Joy Tabal's back-to-back golden bid in SEA Games marathon

NEW QUEEN. Christine Hallasgo captures her first SEA Games gold. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

[OPINYON] Paano naman naging kasalanan ng media ang kapalpakan sa SEA Games?

Dec 06, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Bilyon-bilyong pera ng bayan ang ginastos sa Palarong ‘yan, tapos ang gusto 'nyo ay manahimik lang ang media tungkol sa mga kapalpakan ng organizers? Ano kayo, nanalo sa lotto?

Cayetano’s Phisgoc gets award from Phisgoc-endorsed body

Dec 05, 2019 - 11:15 PM

The Sports Industry Award Asia's own website says it is ‘endorsed’ and ‘supported’ by the Cayetano-led SEA Games organizing committee

'SPECIAL AWARD?' Phisgoc chair Alan Peter Cayetano receives his trophy from SPIA CEO Eric Gottschalk on December 3, 2019. Photo from Cayetano's Facebook page

Seeking first SEA Games gold, Efren 'Bata' Reyes plays in unique pool event

Dec 04, 2019 - 2:30 PM

Arguably the greatest pool player of all time, Efren 'Bata' Reyes aims to add that elusive SEA Games gold medal to his collection

SWAN SONG. Efren ‘Bata’ Reyes represents the Philippines in what could be his last SEA Games. File photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP

WATCH: Gilas Pilipinas laser-focused on SEA Games 2019 gold quest

Dec 03, 2019 - 8:12 PM

Despite boasting an All-Star lineup, Philippine basketball team coach Tim Cone thinks complacency won’t be an issue

GO FOR GOLD. Tim Cone and Gilas Pilipinas will shoot for a 13th straight SEA Games gold medal in men's basketball. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Teen coach Chino Mulingtapang leads PH speed skating team

Dec 03, 2019 - 3:06 PM

Meet Chino Mulingtapang, the gutsy 18-year-old senior high school student calling the shots for the Philippine speed skating team

MAJOR TASK. Chino Mulingtapang hopes to steer the national speed skating tea, to a breakthrough gold. Photo by Alexx Esponga/Rappler

Slaughter completes Gilas Pilipinas SEA Games lineup

Dec 03, 2019 - 11:55 AM

Greg Slaughter will form a towering frontcourt with June Mar Fajardo as the Philippines shoots for a 13th straight gold medal in the 2019 SEA Games

NATIONAL TEAM DUTIES. Greg Slaughter will suit up for Gilas Pilipinas anew. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Will Typhoon Tisoy affect SEA Games 2019?

Dec 03, 2019 - 9:25 AM

The 2019 Southeast Asian Games won't be extended even as organizers postpone several events due to Typhoon Tisoy

ADJUSTMENT. Organizers adjust the schedule of several games like beach volleyball as the typhoon is expected to hit Tuesday. Photo by Marga Deona/Rappler

Families evacuated as Typhoon Tisoy cancels SEA Games windsurfing event

Dec 01, 2019 - 3:10 PM

(UPDATED) More than 3,000 people are in evacuation centers by Sunday afternoon, December 1, mostly in schools and gymnasiums in Camarines Norte

PREPARATIONS. Camarines Norte provincial officials hold a pre-disaster risk assessment meeting on Sunday, December 1, 2019, ahead of Typhoon Tisoy. Photo from Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office - Camarines Norte's Facebook page

HIGHLIGHTS: SEA Games 2019 Opening Ceremonies

Nov 30, 2019 - 7:20 PM

The 2019 Southeast Asian Games officially unfolds with a glitzy opening ceremony at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan on Saturday, November 30

WATCH: PH boxing team eyes golden rush

Nov 29, 2019 - 9:45 PM

Filipino sluggers look to draw inspiration and strength from a supportive home crowd in their quest for gold in the 2019 SEA Games

GO FOR GOLD. Reigning SEA Games champions Eumir Marcial (right) and John Marvin lead the men's team. File photo by PSC-POC Media Group

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Nov 21, 2019 - 9:05 PM

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Far out: Myanmar's first surfing team to take off at SEA Games 2019

Oct 19, 2019 - 9:12 PM

Myanmar wants to make a splash when it debuts in the surfing competitions of the Southeast Asian Games here in the Philippines

MEDAL HOPEFUL. This picture taken on October 12, 2019 shows Myanmar's Nida Soe posing for a photo after her surfing practice session on Ngwe Saung beach in Irrawaddy division, ahead of the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in the Philippines. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

POC to meet, iron out 'crucial' 2019 SEA Games preparations

Jun 15, 2019 - 11:03 AM

Vargas puts aside politics as he sets up a 'mutually acceptable' schedule for a POC board meeting

CALL TO UNITY. Ricky Vargas is working out a date to meet with the majority of the POC board. Photo from the Philippine Sports Commission

LOOK: New device tracks national athletes' performance

Jan 31, 2019 - 5:57 PM

SmarTracks allows Filipino athletes to monitor their progress for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games

INNOVATIVE. The SmarTracks device that will help improve training of Filipino athletes. Photo from BCDA 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

Photo from Shutterstock.

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'

Philippine eagle shines as netizens redesign 2019 SEA Games logo

Aug 21, 2018 - 1:30 PM

(UPDATED) Check out these alternatives that Filipinos came up with, after the government's design drew flak

Arnis team assures PH of 20 gold medals in 2019 SEA Games

Jul 08, 2018 - 4:12 PM

The PEKAF has been pushing for arnis to be a permanent fixture in the SEA Games' list of sports

INAUGURAL. Gerald Cañete and Senator Miguel Zubiri host the inaugural PEKAF national battle of the champions. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Milo Marathon champions to represent PH in 2019 SEA Games

Jun 07, 2018 - 4:02 PM

Laoag hosts the 42nd edition where the winners will get more than just cash rewards

Athletics president Philip Juico gives his full confidence to the Milo winners along with Milo consumer marketing manager Meg Panopio, business executive officer-senior vice president Joey Uy, brand ambassador Solenn Heussaff, business unit manager-vice president Willy de Ocampo, general manager Laurent Boisdton, national finals local race organizer Faivo Bartolome, and national race organizer Andrew Neri. Photo by JR Isaga/Rappler

LOOK: Basketball, boxing banner 30 sports initially approved for 2019 SEA Games

May 17, 2018 - 5:45 PM

The SEA Games Federation looks to add more sports upon the recommendation of the 11 participating countries

DYNASTY. With the inclusion of basketball again in the SEA Games, Philippines is out there to nab its 19th men's basketball gold medal. Photo by PSC-POC Media Group

Vargas goal: 'Go beyond disputes and look for the best athletes'

Mar 01, 2018 - 5:23 PM

The new POC president already has a lot of plans in mind for Philippine sports

UPLIFTING PH SPORTS. Ricky Vargas starts healing process of PH sports as POC president.