MANILA -- The country’s premiere varsity league will represent the Philippines anew in the 15th Asean University Games slated December 12 to 23 in northern city of Chiang Mai in Thailand.

Host De La Salle University confirmed this development to media as the Philippines tries to improve from its sixth place finish two years ago.

“We will field in entries in taekwondo, swimming, track and field and hopefully, basketball," said University Athletic Association of the Philippines president Bro. Bernie Oca.

The biennial meet pits Asean-member countries like Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei Darrusalam, Laos and Cambodia, Thailand and defending overall champion Malaysia in 18 sports.

The events on tap are athletics, badminton, basketball, beach and indoor volleyball, cricket, football, golf, karatedo, taekwondo, swimming, table tennis and lawn tennis. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)