FOUR Negrense lady booters were enlisted by the Philippine Football Federation to wear the national colors in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games this August in Kuala Lumpur.
Joining the squad for the biennial meet in Malaysia are Alesa Nazareno Dolino of San Carlos City, Regine Metillo of Bago City, Irish Oliveros Navaja of Bacolod City, and Kayla Jan Aragones Inquig of Negros Oriental.
Completing the team are Mea Bernal, the Castañeda siblings Cnicka Chabeli and Sara Isobel, Maeva Bella Collatos, Alisha Clare del Campos, Kyrhen Angela Dimaandal; Patric Mae Impelido, Hali Moriah Long, Eva Madarang, Isabela Francesca Mahoney, Inna Kristianne Palacios, Kathleen Camille Rodriguez, Faith Sean Ruetas, Jesse Anne Shugg, Jovelle Cordero Sudaria and Patricia Tomanon.
The Philippines last won a medal in 1985 in Bangkok when they settled for a bronze, a pair of fourth place finishes in 1995 and 2005, when the country hosted the 23rd SEA Games.
Thailand registered the most medal haul in the biennial competition with five gold medals, and pair of silver and bronze medals followed by Vietnam with four golds, two silvers, and a bronze.
Suiting up for the men’s team are Christian Lapas, Daniel Bernan Gadia, Dimitri Lionel Limbo, Dylan Alain Lucienne de Bruycker, Jaime Vicenzo Cheng, Jordan Blair Daydora Jarvis, Javier Augustine Gayoso, Jeremiah Raphael Rocha, Julian Mariano Clarino, Junell Mark Bautista; Kuo Ichi Belgira, Nathanael Ace Villanueva, Nimrod Balabat, Ray Joseph Joyel, Rey Franco Miguel de la Torre, Reymart Cubon, Roberto Corsame Jr., Richard Talaroc Jr., Valentino Calvo and Yoshiharu Koizumi.
The Pinoys had their best finish at fourth during the 1991 SEA Games in Manila.
The Philippines U22 squad has yet to win a medal while Thailand dominates the tournament with 15 golds, four silvers, and five bronze medals.
Published in the SunStar Bacolod newspaper on June 19, 2017.
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