The MVP Sports Foundation has reported that Filipino athletes backed by the foundation won a total of 78 medals in the recent 2019 SEA Games hosted by the Philippines, or a little over a fifth of the country's total medal haul. All in all, MVPSF athletes collected 35 golds, 29 silvers, and 14 bronzes to their names respectively.
According to MVPSF president Al S. Panlilio, the Foundation sees this level of success on the regional stage as a positive step towards higher level international competitions as it looks towards its ultimate goal of giving the Philippines its first taste of an Olympic gold, especially with Tokyo 2020 Olympics only months away.
"The MVP Sports Foundation will not cease on its support of the Filipino athlete and the Philippines' unrelenting quest to finally get an Olympic gold medal," Panlilio said in a statement. "We're proud to have played a part in the success of select Filipino athletes in the Southeast Asian Games as the different programs getting support from the MVPSF garnered 78 medals, 35 of which were gold."
Here is a rundown how the MVPSF-supported sports and athletes fared:
Carlos Yulo, gymnastics: two golds, five silvers
Carlos Yulo was the country's most decorated athlete with two golds and five silvers to his name in artistic gymnastics. Yulo topped the all-around and floor exercise, while finished second in pommel horse, still rings, vault, parallel bars, and horizontal bars.
Skateboarding: six golds, five silvers, one bronze
The skateboarding team captured six golds, with 2018 Asian Games gold medalist Margielyn Didal winning gold in both the Women's Street and Game of Skate Events. Four other gold medals were won by Christiana Means (women's park) Jericho Francisco Jr. (men's park), Daniel Ledermann (men's game of S.K.A.T.E.), and Jaime de Lange (men's downhill). Means also took two silvers in women's game of S.K.A.T.E.), and women's street while Renzo Mark Feliciano (men's street) and Duke Pandeagua (men's downhill) won two two silvers. Rydelle Abarico took a bronze in women's downhill.
Basketball: four golds
The Philippines had a golden sweep of basketball, winning the men's and women's of both 3x3 and 5x5 editions of the sport. CJ Perez, Jason Perkins, Chris Newsome, and Mo Tautaa went undefeated en route to men's 3x3 gold while Jack Animam, Afril Bernardino, Clare Castro, and Janine Pontejos avenged their early loss to Thailand with a 17-13 win over them in the finals. Both our men's and women's 5x5 teams defeated their Thai counterparts in their respective final matches to clinch the gold.
The men's 5x5 was composed of Japeth Aguilar, June Mar Fajardo, Marcio Lassiter, Vic Manuel, Greg Slaughter, Stanley Pringle, Kiefer Ravena, Troy Rosario, Chris Ross, LA Tenorio, Christian Standhardinger, and Matthew Wright. On the other hand, the women's 5x5 lineup which delivered the country's first SEA Games gold included Afril Bernardino, Danica Jose. Jack Animam, Janine Pontejos, Clare Castro, Khate Castillo, Kelli Hayes, Chack Cabinbin, Ria Nabalan, Eunique Chan, Andrea Tongco, and Mar Prado.
Boxing: seven golds, three silvers, two bronzes
Boxing was another bright spot for the country, topping out with seven golds, thee silvers, and two bronzes. Winning gold medals were Josie Gabuco (women's light flyweight), Nesthy Petecio (women's featherweight), Carlo Paalam (men's light flyweight), Rogen Ladon (men's flyweight), Charly Suarez (men's lightweight), James Palicte (men's light welterweight), and Eumir Marcial (men's welterweight). Winning the silver were Irish Magno (women's flyweight), Aira Villegas (women's bantamweight), and Marjon Piañar (men's welterweight), while Ian Clark Bautista (men's bantamweight) took home the bronze.
Weightlifting: two golds, three silvers, two bronzes
Hidilyn Diaz (women's 55kg) was not the only gold medalist in weightlifting as Kristen Macrohon also took the top prize in the women's 71kg event. Silvers were claimed by Margaret Colonia (women's 59kg), Elreen Ann Ando (women's 64kg), and John Fabuar Ceniza (men's 55kg), while Mary Flor Diaz (women's 45kg), and Nestor Colonia (men's 67kg) won bronze.
Golf: two golds, one bronze
Mirroring their success at the 2018 Asian Games, the Philippines topped women's Golf with Bianca Pagdanganan winning the women's individual gold and then combining with Lois Kaye Go and Abegail Arevalo for the Women's Team gold medal. The trio of Sean Ramos, Aidric Chan, and Luis Castro also got on the podium with a bronze in the men's team event.
Cycling: three golds, four silvers, four bronzes
The Philippines had a 1-2 finish in men's downhill with John Derrick Farr taking gold and Eleazar Barba Jr. the silver. Jermyn Prado, on the other hand, also chipped in a gold and silver, winning gold in the women's time trial then silver in the women's road race while Lea Denise Beligra struck gold in the women's downhill. Men's cross country saw a 2-3 finish by Nino Surban and Edmhel John Flores. Daniel Caluag was also able to rally for a silver in the BMX men's race. Bronze medals were won by Avegail Roman in women's cross country, the men's team rrial quartet of John Mark Camingao, Jan Paul Morales, Ronald Oranza, and George Oconer as well was the men's road race team of Jonel Carcueva, El Joshua Carino, Marcelo Felipe, Ismael Grospe Jr., and Jun Rey Navarra.
Rugby 7s: one gold, one silver
Rugby 7s saw the Philippines take gold in the men's division with a 19-0 shutout of Malaysia while the women's team nabbed the silver medal, their best finish in SEA Games history, after dropping a 7-17 decision to Thailand in the finals. The women's team included Ada Milby, Sylvia Tudoc, Jacqueline Rodriguez, Patronicia Duffy, Erica Legaspi, Aiumi Ono, Helena Indigne, Aldee Denuyo, Nicole Kovanen, Agot Danton, Rassiel Sales, and Anna Beatrix Pacis. The men's team was composed of Tommy Gregory Gilbert, Donald Canon Coleman, Robert Luceno Fogerty (c), Justin Villager Coveney, Timothy Alonso Berry, Joe Palabay Dawson, Luc Villalba Smith, Ryan Reyes Howe, Patrice Ortiz Olivier, Vincent Amor Young, Ned Plarizan Stephenson, and Harry Dionson Morris.
Taekwondo: eight golds, nine silvers, four bronzes
The country's poomsae bets garnered four golds through Jeordan Dominguez (freestyle - individual male), Rodolfo Reyes Jr. (recognized - individual male), Joel Lyn Ninobla (recognized - individual female), and the team of Dustin Jacob Mella, Raphael Enrico Mella, and Reyes Jr. (recognized - team male) while four silvers were claimed by Janna Dominque Oliva (freestyle - individual female), the team of Juvenile Faye Crisostomo, Marvin Mori, Patrick King Perez, Darius Venerable, and Oliva (freestyle - mixed team), the trio of Rinna Babanto, Aidaine Krishia Laxa, Jocel Lyn Ninobla (Recognized - Team Female) and the duo of Dustin Mella and Rinna Babanto (recognized - mixed pair). In Kyorugi, the team won golds from Kurt Barbosa (men's finweight), Dave Cea (men's lightweight), Pauline Lopez (women's featherweight), and Samuel Morrison (men's welterweight). Arven Alcantara (men's featherweight) chipped in a silver.
"As seen in the SEA Games, sport truly has the uncanny power of uniting us Filipinos and it is this idea that powers us in the MVPSF," Panlilio said. "We want to invest on nation-building through discovering and developing new heroes that the younger generation could look up to as they also strive to be the best individuals they could be.
"We're proud of the achievements of all Filipino athletes but we can't stop here. We will use this momentum to try and get even more Filipinos to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics."
"The best thing about winning 35 golds out of the 78 medals from athletes that MVPSF supported is that a lot of our champions are strong Olympic hopefuls," added Ryan Gregorio, the foundation's executive director.
"We're proud of every athlete we supported and we're hopeful for those who can carry our flag in Tokyo."