Malacañang on Saturday congratulated Filipino athletes who emerged triumphant in their respective campaigns at the ongoing 28th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Singapore.
Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the gold medals bagged by our countrymen on Friday, June 12, must have felt kind of special as the Philippines was celebrating its 117th Independence Day.
“Let us give our athletes a warm round of applause because despite the limitations that they face, they still stood there, and they still went to bear the flag,” Valte said in an interview over the state-run Radyo ng Bayan.
First place finishes by the men’s poomsae team in taekwondo and Christopher Ulboc (pictured front page, center) in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase helped bring the Philippines’ gold medal count to 24 yesterday.
“Congratulations to all of them. It’s a very big responsibility to go out and to represent the country and they did this very well,” Valte said.
The Philippines is currently ranked sixth in the overall medal standings with 24 golds, 31 silvers, and 59 bronzes for a total of 114 medals as of 7 p.m. last night.
The Philippine contingent is composed of 472 athletes and 136 sporting officials in 35 out of 36 sporting events in this year’s SEA Games. The competitions started on June 5 and will end on June 16.