- It was the first time in 14 years that the Philippines won as the overall champion of the Southeast Asian Games
- The Philippines claimed its victory and got 149 gold, 117 silver, and 119 bronze medals overall
- Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman Butch Ramirez said that hosting the SEA Games was “worth it”
- PHISGOC chairperson Alan Peter Cayetano also delivered a speech during the closing ceremony of SEA Games 2019
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The Philippines reclaimed its throne as the overall champion of the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games 2019.
KAMI learned that the Philippines was able to bag 149 gold, 117 silver, and 119 bronze medals.
In a report by GMA News Online (authored by Marisse Panaligan), the Gilas Women made history by winning its first championship with a 91-71 victory against Thailand.
Meanwhile, the men’s volleyball team also made history for playing in the finals for the first time since 1977. The team won a silver medal after they were defeated by Indonesia.
As reported by Rappler (authored by Beatrice Go), Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman and Team Philippines chef de mission to the 2019 SEA Games William "Butch" Ramirez has commented over the success of the country over the SEA Games 2019.
“It was worth it,” Ramirez said.
"I don’t have empirical research to show, [but] spending more than one billion this year for our athletes' foreign exposures helped,” he added.
Meanwhile, PHISGOC chairperson and Housespeaker Alan Peter Cayetano has delivered his speech during the closing ceremony of the SEA Games 2019 on Wednesday.
He also addressed those who criticized the country’s hosting of the regional meet.
“For those of you who did not believe, for those of you who said this could not be done, for those of you who said this stadium will not be built on time, for those of you who said ‘sayang ang pera, dapat hindi tayo nag-host,’ sa lahat ng nagkalat ng fake news, ang masasabi ko sa inyo, at ito itaga niyo sa bato: Peace be with you,” Cayetano said.
It was the first time in 14 years that the Philippines became the overall champion of the SEA Games.
You may watch the closing ceremony here:
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