bag 17 medals at the Seventh ASEAN schools games
QUEZON CITY, Dec. 9 -- The Seventh (7th) Association of South East Asian
Nations (ASEAN) Schools Games came to a close, after five days of friendly
competition among student-athletes from the region, with the Philippine
contingent bringing home 17 medals – three golds, three silvers and 11
The closing ceremony which was graced by Philippine Ambassador and
Plenipotentiary to Brunei Meynardo LB. Montealegre was held at the Rizqun
International Hotel, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam.
In athletics, Jose Jerry Belibestre, Jr. and Bryan J. Pacheco dominated the
Long Jump and Javelin throw events, respectively to win the gold. Pacheco
also secured a bronze medal in the shot put throw.
Martin James Esteban took a silver in the triple jump. The other athletes
who won a bronze are Gilbert Rutaquio in the 2000M steeple chase and Angel
Cariño in the long and triple jump.
Meanwhile in golf, Yuka E. Saso captured the gold in the individual while
Harmie Nicole T. Constantino won the Bronze. Samantha Marie B. Bruce, Ashia
Marie S. Nocum, Yuka E. Saso and Harmie Nicole T. Constantino collected a
bronze in the team event.
In swimming, Arian Neil A. Puyo earned silver medals both in the 100 metres
(m) breaststroke and 100m backstroke plus a bronze in the 200M backstroke.
His contemporary, Maurice Sacho C. Ilustre won a silver and a bronze in the
100m and 200m freestyle and also in the 200m butterfly. Meanwhile, Nicole
Meah M. Pamintuan secured a bronze in the girls 200m backstroke.
In badminton, Mark Shelly C. Alcala bagged a bronze medal in the singles
Philippines Chef de Mission Ponciano A. Menguito is very proud of the
Philippine contingent for bringing home not just medals for the country but
new-found friends from the region. “Our athletes emerged winners in the
hearts and minds of athletes they have befriended,” he said.
Moreover, the ASEAN Schools Games (ASG) wants to make sports a contributor
to regional peace and stability, act as a base to produce world-class
athletes even as it encourages healthy life style through sports.
The ASG is an annual sporting event which promotes the spirit of partnership
and equality in the region through sports and cultural exchange. It is
participated by the Philippines, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic
Republic, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and Brunei Darussalam as
the host country in such events as athletics, netball, badminton, pencak
silat, golf, sepak takraw and swimming. (DepEd)