Athletes from different Southeast Asian countries are currently competing at the 31st Southeast Asian Games that started on May 12 and will continue until May 23 in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Team Pilipinas is competing against Southeast Asian neighbors Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Timor Leste, and Brunei Darussalam.
As of 6:45 pm on Thursday, May 12, Philippine time, the Philippines has already garnered one gold, five silver, and five bronze medals. The first gold medal was won by Mary Francine Padios in the Pencak Silat Women’s Seni (Artistic) Tunggal single event.
In a statement, acting presidential spokesperson Martin Andanar congratulated the 18-year-old Aklanon. “The Palace congratulates Mary Francine Padios for bringing pride and glory to the country by winning the first gold medal for the Philippines in Pencak Silat Women’s Seni (Artistic) Tunggal single event in Vietnam.”
As more athletes have yet to play in their respective divisions, he also wished them good luck. “Good luck to the rest of our athletes in Team Philippines. Mabuhay ang atletang Pinoy sa Hanoi."
Among those who are set to compete are first Filipino Olympic gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz, Nesthy Petecio, Eumir Marcial, Irish Magno, Carlos Yulo, EJ Obiena, national e-sports team Sibol, and Alyssa Valdez, among others.
Meanwhile, Filipinos can watch the 31st SEA Games for free with no streaming charges via Smart’s GigaPlay app.
Jane J. Basas, SVP and Head of Consumer Wireless Business for Smart, said, “Once again, our top national athletes will carry the entire nation’s pride in this year’s SEA Games event, and we at Smart will make sure Filipinos are right there with them as they play for another chapter in sports history. Through Smart’s coverage on GigaPlay, we can easily stand with all the Filipino athletes, cheer them on, and witness as they bring honor to our country."