NAYPYITAW: The Philippines will begin its title-retention bid in men’s basketball as it goes up against Singapore today in the 2013 Southeast Asian Games.
Naturalized player Marcus Douthit banners the squad along with Kevin Alas, Jake Pascual, Matt Ganuela, Garvo Lanete, Prince Caperal, Ronald Pascual, Kevin Ferrer, Bobby Ray Parks Jr., Mark Belo and Jericho Cruz. Head coach is Jong Uichico.
After Singapore, the Philippines takes on Cambodia on Tuesday, Myanmar on Thursday, Thailand on Friday, Indonesia on Saturday and Malaysia on Sunday.
The top team after the single-round robin gets the gold medal.
In the women’s division, Perlas Pilipinas battles Malaysia today followed by Thailand on December 10, Indonesia on December 15 and Myanmar on December 16.
Meanwhile, Daniel Parantac, John Keithley Chan and reserve Norlence Ardee Catolico bagged the country’s first medal—a silver —in the men’s duilian of wushu competitions.
Parantac and Chan had 9.62 points to end up second behind Kyaw Zin Thit and Wai Phyo Aung of Myanmar, who scored 9.64 points.
Baramee Kulsawadmongkol and Pitaya Sae Yang of Thailand took the bronze with 9.60 points.
Myanmar is leading the medal board with eight golds, two silvers and three bronzes (as of 4:30 p.m.) followed by Malaysia with 2-4-8, Thailand with 2-2-1, Indonesia with 2-1-2, Vietnam with 2-1-1, Cambodia with 0-2-2, Laos with 0-2-2, Singapore with 0-1-2 and Philippines with 0-1-0. Brunei Darussalam and East Timor remained medal-less.
Malditas dedicates stint to ‘Yolanda’ survivors
The Philippine Women’s Football Team popularly known as the Malditas vowed during their courtesy call to Globe Telecom President and Chief Eexcutive Ernest Cu to win a medal in the biennial meet for the survivors of the super typhoon Yolanda.
Malditas coach Ernie Nierras said that they are ready and determined to compete because they are dedicating all their games to the people affected by the super typhoon. “We trained so hard for the SEA Games and the recent calamity only motivated us more to win for everyone in the Central Visayas,” Nierras said.
Cu aid that Globe Telecom is always behind the Malditas in representing the country in the upcoming SEA Games in Myanmar.