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The Philippines Haul Gold Medals at the 31st SEA Games

The Philippines Haul Gold Medals at the 31st SEA Games

Our Filipino athletes will be coming home with huge smiles and raised shoulders. It has consistently rained gold for the Philippines at the 31st Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam which started last May 12, Thursday, and will end on May 23, Monday. The Philippines currently has 183 medals — 41 of those are gold, 58 are silver, and 84 are bronze. Here are the most notable golden wins at the SEA Games so far:


Martial arts: Mary Francine Padios

Aklan native Francine Padios won the Philippines’ first gold medal at the Hanoi SEA Games. The 18-year-old from the pencak silat (Indonesian martial arts) Philippine team dominated in the women’s seni tunggal single category at the Bac Tu Liem Gymnasium. Padios won a day before the formal opening of the Vietnam games, starting the streak of gold medal wins for the Philippines.


Folk wrestling: Jackielou Escarpe

Jack Escarpe won the Philippines’ second gold medal at the 31st SEA Games after Padios. Escarpe was victorious in the men’s 73-kilogram (kg) event. He successfully beat Boonrangsee Apicha of Thailand, 1-0, in the final.



Weightlifting: Hidilyn Diaz

After being the Philippines’ first Olympic gold medalist, Hidilyn Diaz once again proved that she is built for gold. The weightlifter won first place for women’s weightlifting 55 kg at the Hanoi SEA Games. This is Diaz’s second gold medal during SEA Games, the first one she won last 2019. Diaz is also currently training to prepare for the Paris 2024 Olympics.


ESports: Sibol’s Grindsky Eris

GrindSky Eris struck gold after defeating Singapore 3-0 at the SEA Games last May 18. They brought home the first Philippine gold in esports since the biennial meet included it in 2019. The players for GrindSky Eris include Charize “Yugen” Doble, Gianna “Jeeya” Llanes, Christine “Ray Ray” Natividad, Rose Ann “Hell Girl” Robles, and Angel Danica “Angelailaila.”


Esports: Sibol’s Mobile Legends: Bang Bang


National esports team Sibol’s Mobile Legends: Bang Bang defeated a stacked Indonesian team with a 3-1 win. This is the country’s second esports gold at the Hanoi SEA Games after the Wild Rift women’s team squad. Sibol players consisted of members from homegrown esports team Blacklist International: Johnmar “OhMyV33nus” Villaluna, Danerie James “Wise” Del Rosario, Salic “Hadji” Imam, Kyle “Dominic” Soto, and Howard “Owl” Gonzales.


Pole Vaulting: EJ Obiena

Despite the issues still surrounding our star pole vaulter, Obiena tuned everything out and confidently snagged gold. He surpassed his attempt at 5.40 meters and ended up setting a new record (beating his own) with 5.46 meters with just one jump. A gold medal and a new record? That’s the norm for this world-class talent who has been winning competitions left and right.

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Gymnastics: Carlos Yulo

He might have had a disappointing Tokyo 2020 Olympics run but Yulo more than made up for it at the Hanoi SEA Games. The gymnast currently has five gold and two silver medals and is in the running for Most Outstanding Male Athlete at the games. Yulo, 22 years old, dominated the men’s vault and horizontal bars, parallel bars, floor exercises, and rings.


Swimming: Chloe Isleta

Chloe Isleta won the Philippines its first gold medal in swimming when she emerged victorious in the women’s 200m backstroke. The swimmer clocked in at 18.60 seconds, one second shy of her Indonesian pursuer. She is now the third Filipino female swimmer to bring home a gold medal. Isleta’s teammates, Jessica Geriane and Miranda Renner won silver and bronze respectively.


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