The 7th Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Schools Games (ASG) 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 bronzes.
The ASG is an annual sporting event which aims to promote the spirit of partnership and equality in the region through sports and cultural exchange. It is participated by the Philippines, Indonesia, Lao PDR, 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.
Philippine Ambassador and Plenipotentiary to Brunei Meynardo LB. Montealegre graced the closing ceremony 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 winning the gold. Pacheco also secured a bronze medal in the shot put throw.
Martin James Esteban won 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 bagged 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 100M breastroke 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. 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 event.
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,” Menguito said.
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 (Department of Education press release)