MANILA -- Team Philippines went off to a roaring start, collecting a total of 14 gold medals, five silvers and five bronzes as of 5 p.m. in the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games 2019 that went full blast on Sunday, December 1, 2019.
Senator Christopher "Bong" Go, who chairs the Senate committee on sports, only wished that the Filipinos' victories will continue.
"Sana tuloy-tuloy na ito. Congrats sa lahat. Inspired tayong lahat," Go said.
(I hope this is continuous. Congrats to everyone. We are all inspired)
The dancesport team lived up to expectations by hauling a total of five gold medals and one silver in the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games at Royce Hotel and Casino in Clark, Pampanga.
Sean Mischa Aranar and Ana Leonila Nualla led the team's feat with three golds.
The Filipino pair clinched the dancesport in all five dances, winning gold. They also won gold in the dancesport single dance tango, as well as the dancesport single dance Viennese Waltz.
Aranar-Mischa earned 30.150 points, outclassing Vietnam's Doc Hoa Nguyen and Thi Hai Yen Nguyen (29.430) and Thailand's Issarapong Duangkaew and Thanawan Yananun (28.980) in their single dance tango showdown.
The champion pair from the Philippines (30.100) also bested the Vietnam duo (29.188) and Singapore's Jerome Sze Yong Teo and Rachel Jia Hui Teo (28.400) in the single dance Viennese Waltz.
Aranar-Mischa also topped the all five dances (151.350) over Vietnam (142.100) and Thailand (138.250).
Filipino tandem Mark Jayson Gayon and Mary Joy Renigen also bagged mints in dancesports single dance quickstep and dancesport single dance Foxtrot.
The pair also salvaged a silver in dancesport single dance quickstep.
In Subic, John Leerams "Rambo" Chicano and Marion Kim Mangrobang swept the men's and women's individual triathlon golds, respectively, in Subic.
Chicano, a former janitor-turned-mechanic, clocked one hour, 53 minutes and 26 seconds.
The 28-year-old 2017 SEA Games silver medalist raced past compatriot Andrew Kim Remolino (1:55:03) and Indonesia's Muhammad Ahlul Firman (1:57:03) who copped the silver and bronze, respectively.
"Sobrang saya, sobrang blessed, salamat sa Panginoon. Nagpapasalamat ako sa lahat ng sumusuporta, lahat ng Pilipino, maraming salamat po sa inyo. Para sa inyo ito," Chicano told Team Philippines Seag 2019 Facebook Page.
(I'm so happy and blessed, thanks to God. I want to thank to all who supported me. To all Filipinos, thank you so much. This is for you)
"Naibigay ko yung dapat ibigay para sa bansang Pilipinas. At sa lahat ng tulong binibigay ng gobyerno sa atin, nagpapasalamat ako. Para po sa bayan!" he added.
(I have given what I have to for the Philippines. At for all the help the government gave to us, I am grateful. This is for the country!)
Over at the Angeles University Foundation, the country's arnis team also contributed two golds courtesy of 23-year-old Dexter Bolambao who topped the men's live stick 55 kilograms and less event, and 33-year-old Niño Mark Talledo who ruled the men's live stick +55 kg to -60 kg by beating his opponent from Cambodia.
Mangrobang, for her part, timed 2:02:00 to annex the women's title over teammate Kimberly Kilgroe (2:05:02) and Indonesia's Nethavani Octaria (2:16:33).
At the Ninoy Aquino Stadium, World Champion Carlos Edriel Yulo captured the men's artistic gymnastics individual all-around gold yesterday afternoon.
Yulo registered a total of 14.650 to defeat Vietnam's Phuong Thanh Dinh (13.900) and Thailand's Tikumporn Surintornta (13.800).
Other gold medalists include Villardo Cunamay who competed in the men's arnis live stick lightweight, sepak takraw hoop team male and female teams, and Agatha Chrystenzen Wong who won the wushu women's Taolo Taijiquan.