Moment of truth
circles representing the 11 SEA countries - Philippines, Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam and laid out in the likeness and figure of the Philippine map.
Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, during the countdown celebration, said the activation of this countdown clock represents the optimism for a future that is full of promises. “It symbolizes the common aspirations of our South East Asian family for a stronger regional community that is bound by friendship, camaraderie, cooperation, and teamwork.”
The last SEA Games that the Philippines hosted was in 2005 with the host country winning the overall championship - harvesting a total of 113 gold medals, 84 silvers and 94 bronzes.
But several years later its ranking dropped, trailing behind other SEA neighbors. The Philippines placed sixth in the 2017 Kuala Lumpur, in the 2015 Singapore, 2011 Indonesia and 2007 Thailand editions; seventh in the 2013 Myanmar SEA Games and fifth in the 2009 Laos Games.
The country’s hosting, however, should not just only showcase the ambitious infrastructure development program of the government including world-class sports facilities but also boost the morale of national athletes who will be the ones donning the country’s colors. We hope all their training needs will be catered and the exposures they need be also granted.
We sure want the Philippines to make it on top again in the SEA Games after 14 year s.