The Philippine sailing team won two silvers while the tae kwon do squad added two bronzes on Friday in the 2013 Southeast Asian Games in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.
Sailors Richly Balladares (skipper) and Ridgely Magsanay (crew) took the silver in the men’s international 470 class while Geylord Coveta chipped in one silver in the men’s windsurfing event.
Tae kwon do jin Pauline Louise Lopez bowed to Thanh Thao Nguyen of Vietnam, 0-4, in the women’s under 53kg category while Paul Romero absorbed a 4-6 loss to Ryan Chong Wu Lunn of Malaysia in the men’s under 63kg to settle for bronze in their events.
The Filipino jins, so far, have two gold medals from Jade Zafra in the women’s under 57kg and the men’s poomsae team of Dustin Mella, Raphael Mella and Vidal Marvin Gabriel.
Five more jins – Mary Angelay Pelaez, Kristie Alora, Jane Narra, Francis Agojo and Kristopher Uy – will be fighting for medals on Saturday.
In judo, three Filipinos have made it to the finals.
Gilbert Ramirez will face Iksan Apriyadi of Indonesia (men’s 66-73 kg.); Jeneilou Mosqueda fights Om Pongchaliew of Thailand (women’s 52-57 kg.); and Kiyomi Watanabe tackles Thi Hoa Bui of Vietnam (women’s 57-63 kg.).
The finals were scheduled on Friday night.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) is rushing the incentives of the winning athletes in the biennial meet.
“We want these athletes to have a happy Christmas by giving their incentives before the Christmas. It’s our way to returning the honor they gave to our country,” said PSC Chairman Richie Garcia.
A gold medalist will receive P100,000, a silver winner P50,000 and a bronze winner P10,000.
The Philippines has 23 golds, 27 silvers and 32 bronzes for seventh place in the Games. Thailand is still leading with 86 golds, 85 silvers and 68 bronzes.
EMIL C. NOGUERA