A PALACE official expressed hope Sunday that the Filipino athletes competing in the 28th Southeast Asian Games in Singapore can bring home more medals than the previous edition two years ago.

"Sa pagpapatuloy ng mga kompetisyon, umaasa tayo na mahihigitan ng Pilipinas ang nakamit nitong dalawampu’t siyam na ginto, tatlumpu’t apat na pilak at tatlumpu’t pitong tansong medalya noong ika-27 Southeast Asian Games sa Myanmar," said Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. in an interview with state-run dzRB.

He said President Benigno Aquino III joins the Filipino people in praying for the Filipino athletes.

Coloma also congratulated triathlete Ma. Claire Adorna for winning the first gold medal for the Philippines.

"Sa kabila ng kanyang injury, nagtagumpay ang 21-anyos na si Binibining Adorna, at pumangalawa sa kanya ang kanyang teammate na si Kim Mangrobang, na nakuha ang pilak na medalya para sa 1-2 finish ng pangkat Pilipinas," said Coloma.

He also extended his congratulations to other Filipino athletes who won medals in their respective events.

"Lubos din ang ating pagbati sa iba pang atletang Pilipino nagkamit na ng medalya sa iba’t ibang palaro tulad ng fencing, table tennis, wushu, canoeing, Judo, shooting, at traditional boat race," said Coloma.

As of 1 p.m. Sunday, the Philippines garnered two golds, six silvers and eight bronzes.

The second gold medal is courtesy of another triathlete, Nikko Huelgas. (SDR/Sunnex)