FILIPINO boxers dominated the 28th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, hauling five gold medals in eight finals appearances at the Expo Hall 1 in Singapore.

Josie Gabuco, who jumpstarted the Philippines' sterling campaign, defended her women's light flyweight gold medal by beating Chuthamat Raksat of Thailand, 3-0.

Gabuco made a barraged of punches to Chuthamat's body at the start of the first round then continued her dominance in the remaining three rounds.

Ian Clark Bautista, Mario Fernandez, Junel Cantancio and Eumir Felix Marcial also contributed to the golden harvest.

Bautista eked out a split decision victory over 21-year-old Mohamed Hanurden Hamid of Singapore in their men's flyweight finals match.

Kazakhstan judge B. Bekpenbeotv scored the bout 29-28 while Narina Rakhatova of Kryrgyzstan had it 30-27 but Chia Chan Lin of Chinese Taipei favored the Singaporean, 29-28.

Defending champion Fernandez, 21, hacked out a technical knockout over Tanes Ongjunta of Thailand only two minutes and 15 seconds left in the second round to retain his men's bantamweight title. He was also leading the fight from three judges before the referee stopped the contest.

Cantancio, for his part, won on points over Vietnam's Van Hai Nguyen, 2-0, to rule the men's lightweight event while Marcial put up a fiery performance via a second round knockout triumph against Jia Wei Tay of Singapore with only 48 seconds remaining of their men's welterweight finals clash.

But Nesthy Alcayde Petecio, Irish Magno and Rogen Ladon wounded up for silvers. Petecio, born in Tuban of Sta. Cruz in Davao del Sur, bowed to Vietnam's Thi Bang Le, 2-1, in women's bantamweight.

Petecio was aggressive from the start of the fight, throwing punches to the head and body of the Vietnamese. In the remaining rounds, her opponent also made clear punches but Petecio countered these. It is interesting to note though that the Vietnamese made a lot of holding and embracing, even wrestling moves. It was Petecio's third consecutive finals defeat in the SEA Games, thus, she will have to wait until 2017 to try another shot for that elusive gold.

Magno also lost to Vietnamese Thi Yen Nguyen, 1-2, in women's flyweight while Ladon also lost on the same note at the hands of Indonesian Kornelis Langu in their men's light flyweight encounter.

The Philippines emerge over-all champion in boxing with a total of five golds, three silvers and two bronzes followed by 3-1-2 Vietnam, 2-3-3 Thailand, 1-1-2 Indonesia and 0-2-4 Singapore. Last year, Philippines copped three golds, two silvers and five bronzes.