Wrap up of the 31st SEA Games

The 31st Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam was concluded last May 23rd. The biennial regional multi-sport event was originally planned to take place from November 21st to December 2nd in 2021 and was eventually scheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the host country.

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The Philippines finished fourth in the 31st Southeast Asian Games.

Host Vietnam dominated the regional meet after winning 205 gold medals, 125 silver medals, and 116 bronze medals—for a total of 446. Thailand and Indonesia finished second and third, respectively, with 92-103-136 and 69-91-81.

The Philippines ended the campaign with 52 golds, 70 silvers, and 104 bronzes.

Singapore and Malaysia followed in the fifth and the sixth spots. Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Brunei Darussalam, and Timor Leste were in the last five places.

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Medals won by the Philippines


  • 1 gold(s), 3 silver(s), 3 bronze(s)
  • Swimmer Chloe Kennedy Anne Isleta won gold in women’s 200-m backstroke and was part of the silver medal finish in the women’s 4×100 medley relay


  • 1 gold(s), 1 silver(s), 1 bronze(s)
  • The Philippine Archery Team won gold in the women’s team recurve.


  • 5 gold(s), 7 silver(s), 14 bronze(s)
  • Pole vaulter EJ Obiena set the SEA Games record after clearing 5.46 meters


  • No medal


  • 1 gold(s), 1 silver(s), 1 bronze(s)
  • In 2019, the Philippines swept the gold medals in all basketball events. Only Gilas Women won the gold medal in the 5×5 event.


  • 4 gold(s), 4 silver(s), 2 bronze(s)
  • SEA Games veteran Rubilen Amit added two gold medals to her belt—one from women’s 10-ball pool singles, and another from women’s 9-ball pool singles. Living legend Efren “Bata” Reyes salvaged a bronze medal finish in the men’s 1-cushion carom singles event.

Body Building

  • No medal


  • 2 gold(s), 1 silver(s), 0 bronze(s)
  • Filipino bowlers won two gold medals in the men’s team of four and the men’s single event


  • 3 gold(s), 1 silver(s), 5 bronze(s)
  • Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist Eumir Marcial with Ian Clark Bautista and Rogen Ladon won three gold medals in the men’s boxing events. Tokyo Olympics silver medalist Neshty Petecio settled for a bronze medal.


  • 0 gold(s), 0 silver(s), 1 bronze(s)
  • Hermie Macaranas and Ojay Fuentes won the lone medal in the sport after finishing third in the men’s canoe double 1000 meters event.


  • 0 gold(s), 2 silver(s), 3 bronze(s)
  • Janelle Mae Frayna led the Philippine Chess team after finishing with silver and two bronze medals. She won a bronze medal in the women’s individual blitz event; and was part of the silver medal finish in the women’s team blitz and a bronze medal finish in women’s team rapid events.


  • 0 gold(s), 0 silver(s), 3 bronze(s)
  • All bronze medals in cycling were from the mountain bike events.


  • 5 gold(s), 5 silver(s), 2 bronze(s)
  • Sean Mischa Aranar and Ana Leonila Nualla collected three gold medals in Dancesport. They retained their crowns in the five dances, individual dances in tango and Viennese waltz.


  • 2 gold(s), 2 silver(s), 0 bronze(s)
  • SIBOL topped the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang and the League of Legends: Wild Rift Women events.


  • 1 gold(s), 3 silver(s), 4 bronze(s)
  • Samantha Catantan led the Philippine fencing team as she finished with a gold and a silver medal. She topped the women’s foil individual event while helping her team to finish second in the team event.

Fin Swimming

  • 0 gold(s), 0 silver(s), 1 bronze(s)
  • The lone medal was from the women’s relay 4×100 surface event.


  • 0 gold(s), 0 silver(s), 1 bronze(s)
  • The Philippines ended a 37-year medal drought in women’s football after beating Myanmar, 2-1, in the bronze medal match.


  • 0 gold(s), 0 silver(s), 1 bronze(s)
  • Rianne Mikhaela Malixi and Lois Kaye Go settled for a bronze medal finish in the women’s golf team event.


  • 7 gold(s), 4 silver(s), 3 bronze(s)
  • Caloy Yulo dominated the men’s artistic gymnastic events after bagging five gold and two silver medals.


  • 0 gold(s), 1 silver(s), 0 bronze(s)
  • The lone medal was from the men’s beach handball event.


  • 2 gold(s), 4 silver(s), 4 bronze(s)
  • Filipino-Japanese athletes Rena Furukawa and Shugen Nakano brought two golds for the Philippines.


  • 2 gold(s), 2 silver(s), 2 bronze(s)
  • Margarita Ochoa and Annie Ramirez won the two gold medals in the women’s jujitsu events.


  • 0 gold(s), 0 silver(s), 8 bronze(s)
  • Five of the bronze medals were from the Kumite events while the other three were from the Kata events.


  • 2 gold(s), 4 silver(s), 2 bronze(s)
  • Jean Claude Saclag and Gina Araos won over their Thai opponents in the gold medal matches in the men’s low kick minus-63.5 kg and the women’s low kick minus-60 kg events, respectively.


  • 1 gold(s), 3 silver(s), 4 bronze(s)
  • Jackielou Escarpe topped the men’s minus-73 kg kurash event.


  • 2 gold(s), 0 silver(s), 5 bronze(s)
  • Phillip Delarmino won the gold medal in the men’s combat 57kg event while Richein Yosorez and Islay Erika Bomogao topped the women’s waikru mai muay event.

Pencak Silat

  • 1 gold(s), 0 silver(s), 2 bronze(s)
  • Mary Francine Padios won the gold medal in the women’s SENI (artistic) tunggal (single) event.


  • No medal


  • 0 gold(s), 2 silver(s), 6 bronze(s)
  • The Philippine rowing team won two silver medals—one by Joanie Delgaco in the women’s single sculls, and another one by Christian Joseph Jasmin and Cris Nievarez in the men’s lightweight double sculls.

Sepak Takraw

  • 0 gold(s), 0 silver(s), 2 bronze(s)
  • Rheyjey Ortouste and Jason Huerte won a bronze medal in the men’s doubles event and another bronze medal with Ronsited Gabayeron in the men’s regu event.


  • 0 gold(s), 1 silver(s), 1 bronze(s)
  • Hagen Alexander Topacio and Carlos Carag finished second and third, respectively in the men’s trap event.

Table Tennis

  • 0 gold(s), 1 silver(s), 0 bronze(s)
  • Richard Gonzales and John Russel Misal won a silver medal in the men’s doubles event.


  • 2 gold(s), 5 silver(s), 3 bronze(s)
  • Kurt Bryan Barbosa successfully defended his SEA Games crown.


  • 1 gold(s), 1 silver(s), 4 bronze(s)
  • The Philippines was assured of gold and silver medals in men’s doubles as the two Filipino teams reached the finals. World-ranked junior player Alex Eala wrapped her SEA Games campaign with two bronze medals—women’s singles and women’s team events.


  • 3 gold(s), 1 silver(s), 1 bronze(s)
  • Marion Kim Mangrobang brought two gold medals for the Philippines after dominating women’s individual duathlon and women’s individual triathlon events.


  • 0 gold(s), 0 silver(s), 2 bronze(s)
  • Both medals came from Beach Volleyball men’s and women’s events. Known duo Cherry Ann “Sisi” Rondina and Bernadeth Pons led the women’s team to their third-place finish.


  • 0 gold(s), 1 silver(s), 2 bronze(s)
  • Carlo Von Buminaang won the silver medal in the men’s 65 kg event.


  • 2 gold(s), 1 silver(s), 1 bronze(s)
  • Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz lifted a total of 206 kg in the women’s 55 kg division to secure the SEA Games gold. In the women’s 71 kg division, Vanessa Sarno set the new SEA Games record after lifting a total of 239 kg.


  • 0 gold(s), 7 silver(s), 5 bronze(s)
  • Jason Balabal won two bronze medals—men’s freestyle 97 kg and men’s Greco-Roman 97 kg events.


  • 2 gold(s), 2 silver(s), 5 bronze(s)
  • Agatha Wong won a gold and a silver in the Wushu competition. She finished first in the women’s taolo taijijian and second in the women’s taolo taijiquan events.

Reyes will not resign as the Gilas head coach. After a disappointing silver medal finish of the Philippine men’s basketball team in the 5×5 event, head coach Chot Reyes said that he serves at the pleasure of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) leadership. He said, “I did not apply nor volunteer for this job, it was given to me because Tab Baldwin had resigned before me.” Regarding the clamor to bring Baldwin back as head coach, “I am a big believer in Tab, I was the one who brought him to the country.”

UAAP Season 84

NU is still undefeated in 8 games. At the start of the second round, the young squad of National University swept De La Salle University again. Cess Robles led the Lady Bulldogs with 17 points.

FEU seniors will not play for the rest of the season. Lycha Ebon and Martha Mora left the Far Eastern University in the middle of the season. According to FEU athletic director Mark Molina, they have left to pursue other endeavors. Team management believes that the current season is an opportunity to develop the younger players, especially the rookies.

Kouame to play for Ateneo in his final year. Season 84 Most Valuable Player Ange Kouame is motivated to play next season after Ateneo de Manila University fell short in the finals against the University of the Philippines.


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Abando eyes a three-peat for Letran. NCAA Season 97’s Rookie-MVP Rhenz Abando wanted to deliver Colegio de San Juan de Letran’s three-straight championship next season. According to multiple sources, the highflyer swingman is being recruited by the Korean Basketball League club Changwon LG.

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Brickman led his team to T1 League Finals. Jason Brickman led Kaohsiung to a 88-83 win over Taiwan Beer to advance to the 2022 T1 League Finals. He finished with 25 points, 4 rebounds, 14 assists, and made 4 three-pointers.

Paras entered Japan B.League free agency. Niigata Albirex BB’s one-year deal with Kobe Paras has expired. In 49 games played, he averaged 8.2 points as his team finished with a league-worst record, 7-45.

Baltazar will play in Japan. After his stint with the De La Salle University, Justine Baltazar signed as Asian Import of Hiroshima Dragonflies.

SI put Sotto in their mock draft. Sports Illustrated put Kai Sotto as the 49th draft pick in the upcoming National Basketball Association Draft. According to Brett Siegel, the 7-foot-3 big man is likely to be drafted by Sacramento Kings in the second round.

The Warriors eliminated the Mavericks. Golden State eliminated Dallas in 5 games. Klay Thompson scored a game-high 32 points in Game 5 to lead the Warriors over the Mavericks, 120-110. Stephen Curry bagged the first-ever Western Conference Finals Most Valuable Player award.