UCPB GEN proudly supported the Philippine Athletics Team by providing their travel insurance in the recently concluded 2017 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from August 19 to 30, 2017.
SEA Games is a biennial multisport event where eleven countries of Southeast Asia participated, with approximately 4,900 athletes contending through 38 different sporting events.
As the SEA Games kicked off last August 19, the Philippine Athletics Team surged to a blazing start with Mary Joy Tabal bagging the first gold for the Philippines in the women’s marathon. This was followed by Nikko Huelgas finishing first, while John Chicano gets 2nd place in the men’s triathlon. Kim Mangrobang also won the gold in women’s triathlon.
Reyland Capellan and Kaitlin De Guzman won gold in artistic gymnastics respectively. For Wushu, Agatha Wong garnered gold in women’s taijiquan (wushu), as Brennan Wayne Louie bagged gold in fencing, playing against a fellow Filipino.
Adding to the gold medal count are Aries Toledo (decathlon) and Anthony Beram (men’s 200-meter run). Beram proceeded to win another gold in the men’s 400-meter run.
In boxing, John Marvin and Eumir Felix Marcial garnered a gold medal each for their bouts. The Philippines’ men’s fours lawn bowls team won an unexpected gold. Another unanticipated gold came from the Philippine Ice Hockey team, as they won the men’s ice hockey competition on their debut SEA Games run. Filipino equestrian Colin Syquia was swift in swiping gold in the show jumping individual competition.
In Judo, rookie Kiyomi Watanabe nabbed a gold. The Poomsae trio Dustin Jacob Mella, Raphael Enrico Mella, and Rodolfo Reyes Jr. won another gold whilst defending their title as 2-time champs. Samuel Morison won taekwondo gold for the men’s lightweight division.
Competing against another Filipina, Chezka Centeno bagged the women’s 9-ball singles title (billiards), while Carlos Biado scored a gold in the men’s 9-ball. To top it all off, Dines Dumaan earned the Philippines’ last gold medal as he reigned supreme in the men’s pencak silat tanding putra class A (45-50 kg) category.
The Philippine Athletics Team, comprised of 389 athletes, won 24 gold, 33 silver, and 64 bronze medals – a total of 121 medals for this year’s SEA Games run.
Edward Kho, Marketing and Communications director of Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association (PATAFA), who also served as the team manager of the Philippine Athletics Team, conveyed his gratitude to UCPB GEN.
“The PATAFA is very much appreciative of the support given by UCPB GEN to the Philippine Athletics Team in its preparation for and participation in the 29th SEA Games. We are truly grateful to UCPB GEN,” Kho expressed.
Last April 2017, UCPB GEN also sponsored the National Athletics Championship Open held in Ilagan, Isabela.
UCPB GEN congratulates the Philippine Athletics Team for fighting strong throughout this event, spirits afire for the glory of the country. As partners of the Philippine Athletics Team, we are all proud of each participant, and we wish for more success in every Filipino athlete’s future endeavors.
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