The Philippines wrapped up its campaign with a total medal haul of 47 on 11 golds, 14 silvers and 22 bronzes to finish fourth overall in the 2014 Asean Schools Games held in Marikina City.
It was the country’s best finish in the annual event, surpassing the three-bronze output for seventh place last year held in Hanoi, Vietnam. In the 2012 edition in Surabaya, Indonesia, the Philippine also ended up seventh with two silvers and one bronze then sixth both in 2011 in Singapore (one gold and two silvers) and 2010 in Malaysia (two silvers and three bronzes).
Gymnast Carlos Yulo and Princess Superal led the squad with two gold medals each.
Yulo topped the men’s artistic gymnastics floor exercise and parallel bars, and added a couple of silvers in the all around and vault categories, and the joined Rafael Ablaza, Jag Timbang, Ivan Cruz and Ricardo Otero Jr. III in winning the team event bronze medal.
Superal, for her part, ruled the girls’ individual golf then connived with Pauline del Rosario, Yuki Saso and Sophia Chabon in claiming the team event gold.
The other gold medalists were Bryan Pacheco (boys’ shot put) and Joshua Patalud (boys’ javelin throw) of athletics; Agatha Chrystenzen Wong (girls’ taijiquan/taijijian Group A), Alieson Ken Omengan (girls’ nanquan/nangun Group A) and Joel Casem (men’s Group B chang quan and long weapon all around) of wushu; Emy Rose Dael and Angelica Borbon (girls’ doubles) of table tennis; and the boys’ basketball team.
Malaysia bagged the overall title with 41 golds, 34 silvers and 30 bronzes while Thailand settled for second with 35-29-36 and Indonesia took the third spot with 15-31-30. Vietnam was relegated to fifth (11-6-6 followed by Singapore (10-10-19) and Brunei (0-1-3).