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Team Philippines racks up 22 gold medals to kick off SEA Games campaign

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John Chicano's win in the triathlon set a new SEA Games record and gave the Philippines its first gold medal. (3:18)

The Philippines secured 22 gold medals on the first day of the 30th Southeast Asian Games to almost tie its total gold medal output two years ago in Kuala Lumpur.

The host country reigned supreme in 23 events in eight sports -- triathlon, dancesport, arnis, sepak takraw, wushu, gymnastics, kurash, and equestrian. The Philippines also collected 12 silver and nine bronze medals Sunday for a total haul of 43.

Rambo Chicano delivered the first gold for the Philippines in the biennial meet after leading the pack in men's triathlon, followed by silver medalist Kim Remolino.

It was a double 1-2 finish for the Philippine triathletes in Subic as Kim Mangrobang bagged back-to-back golds in the women's division while Kim Kilgroe earned the silver.

The sepak takraw teams earned twin golds in the men's and women's hoops event, while Jan Emmanuel Garcia topped in individual online chess to add to the Subic cluster's medal tally.

The Philippines also flexed its muscles in Pampanga, lording over the dancesport, arnis, and kurash competitions.

Filipino duos secured 10 out of 14 possible gold medals in dancesport: Mark Jayson Gayon and Mary Joy Renigen in waltz and slow foxtrot; Sean Aranar and Ana Nualla in tango, Viennese waltz, and standard five dance; Wilbert Aunzo and Pearl Caneda in samba, cha-cha, and rumba; and Michael Angelo Marquez and Stephanie Sabalo in paso doble and all five dances.

Arnisadors Jezebel Morcillo, Dexter Bolambao, Villardo Cunamay, Niño Mark Talledo, and Mike Bañares took down their opponents in their respective weight categories, adding eight gold medals to the home team's collection.

Estie Gay Liwanen clinched the gold in the 63-kilogram category in women's kurash, while Jenielou Mosqueda settled for silver in the 57-kilogram division.

Over at the World Trade Center in Manila, Agatha Wong successfully defended her crown in wushu.

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Philippines medals in dance sport, water polo and polo

Dancesport, Water Polo, Polo

World champion Caloy Yulo impressed in gymnastics in front of the home crowd at the Rizal Memorial Stadium, securing the gold in the all-around competition.

Alisson Perticheto and Christopher Caluza earned double silvers in the figure skating competition at SM Megamall.

Weightlifter John Fabliar Ceniza, the men's polo and water polo teams, cyclist Niño Surban, and dancesport duos Marquez/Sabalo and Gayon/Renigen also won silver medals.

The Philippines bagged the bronze in nine events -- two each in arnis, cycling, and kurash, and one each in aquatics, weightlifting, and wushu.

Gilas Pilipinas, on the other hand, remained undefeated in Day 1 of 3x3 action in San Juan. Both men's and women's squads are on pace for a strong finish as the competition wraps up Monday.

The Philippine ice hockey team opens its title defense with a commanding 15-1 win over Malaysia at SM Mall of Asia.