Maidana’s camp eyes Pacquiao after Mayweather, says not even witchcraft can save the Filipino boxer

Boxing living legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. divulged that one reason why he’s not too eager to fight eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao is the small prize that the Filipino carries.

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“He’s just a six-million (dollar) fighter,” he said of Pacquiao in the promotional video of his fight with Argentine Marcos Maidana on May 3, 2014 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

He also taunted Pacquiao for fighting like an amateur in the Filipino’s rematch with compatriot Timothy Bradley.

“Is it about the money? Absolutely! Is it about the fame? Absolutely! It’s everything wrapped in one. I wanna be the best, not just the best fighter, I wanna be the best athlete, period. When I leave, I wanna be known as TBE, and that’s The Best Ever,” the 45-win no-loss 26 KOs pound-for-pound king introduced himself in the Showtime Pay-Per-View primer.

The video shows Mayweather’s lifestyle—88 luxury cars, palatial home, $5 million worth of jewelry and watches, jet plane and all other things his one-million-dollar-a-month (average) earnings can buy.

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On the other hand, Maidana lives in a more humble surrounding in Argentina. He is determined in this fight—if not to win then at least to hurt Mayweather.

The Argentine gave Adrien Broner his first loss in their fight last December 14 via a unanimous decision for the WBA welterweight crown and said that Broner is actually stronger than Mayweather, so he can hurt the flamboyant superstar.

His camp also said that they are eyeing Manny Pacquiao next.

“Not even witchcraft can save him,” they laughed.

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In Manny’s fight versus Bradley last April 12 (April 13 in Manila), which the Filipino boxer won by unanimous decision, his mother became the toast of social media when she was seen doing some sort of hexing (which the international media thought it was) towards the end of the fight. Mommy Dionisia, however, explained that she was actually praying to the Sto. Nino (Child Jesus) and her gestures were just part of the prayers.

(See related story, Pacquiao unanimous decision win a redemption from Bradley cheat victory two years ago https://arloc888.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/pacquiao-unanimous-decision-win-a-redemption-from-bradley-cheat-victory-two-years-ago/)

The Mayweather vs Maidana match is dubbed as The Moment, with Mayweather Promotions saying it’s arguably just as good as The One, the name of Mayweather’s fight with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez last September.

Maidana’s trainer Robert Garcia said that he’s preparing his ward to throw 100 punches per round as Mayweather is very defensive and does not throw a lot of punches.

He added that winning is not easy, but nothing is impossible, noting that even the best fighters have lost—like Ray Leonard and Muhammad Ali.

Meanwhile, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum urged the public to boycott Mayweather’s fight on May 3 to force a Mayweather-Pacquiao showdown.

“The only people that can make Floyd Mayweather fight Manny is the public, if they boycott the nonsense on May 3. That’s what the public should do. (If the media doesn’t) want that fight, tell the public not to buy the Pay-Per-View and not to buy the tickets. There’s no other strategy,” Arum said during the post-fight press conference to answer in Manny’s behalf why until now the Filipino superstar is not fighting the American champ.

Click links for the All Access Mayweather vs Maidana videos:

Episode 1 Preview http://youtu.be/-NEZhvXt-j4

Episode 2 Preview http://youtu.be/bNvLir6gjO0

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Pacquiao unanimous decision win a redemption from Bradley cheat victory two years ago

Not only was Manny Pacquiao hungry for the redemption from the cheat win of Timothy Bradley two years ago, but also the 90 million Filipinos at home and those scattered abroad, and many hundreds of millions of other people all over the world who swore that it was the boxing icon from Sarangani Province who clearly won in that fight.

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Manny connects the punch to Bradley’s face

The first few rounds were tentative for both in the rematch held Saturday night (Sunday noon in Manila) in Las Vegas, with Bradley looking like he was the one getting the upper hand, until the seventh round when Manny staggered the American fighter.

Although no one got knocked down or knocked out, the points were clear that Manny won the fight—116-112, 116-112, 118-110.

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Fighting for redemption was the name of the game for Manny

Bradley, who said in earlier reports that he wanted to commit suicide because he was booed wherever he went as people said he actually lost the fight to Pacquiao, should feel better now—not for thinking it’s an undeserved win for his opponent but his well-deserved loss to the 8-title boxing superstar.

ImageManny’s mother, renamed Queen D on social media, became ‘the star of the night’

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Biggest winner is… Mommy D!

With the WBO welterweight belt back, Pacquiao’s current standing is 56-5-2, 38 knockouts. Bradley suffered his first loss, now with a record of 31-1-0, 12 KOs.

American Idol Season 11 runner-up Fil-Am Jessica Sanchez sang the Philippine National Anthem, Lupang Hinirang, while Ashanti sang The Star-Spangled Banner.

Meanwhile, Manny’s wife Jinkee, who’s scheduled to give birth to their fifth child anytime this month, tearfully said on TV that at 35, Manny has nothing to prove anymore and should retire now.

She asked her husband, “How much money do you want in this world when (that means) you’re away from your family?”

Right after the fight, though, Pacquiao said that his win over Bradley “proves that my boxing journey will continue.”

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Manny hugs Tim after the fight

Coach Freddie Roach definitely want a rematch with Juan Manuel Marquez, who knocked out Manny asleep for a few minutes that made fans and supporters weep.

The Filipino pugilist started to regain lost glory when he won over Brandon Rios in Macau in November last year.

Lest we forget also the possibility of a mega-fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Click link to watch the fight http://www.jbsolis.com/2014/04/manny-pacquiao-vs-timothy-bradley-2.html

 

Michael Christian Martinez wins Gold in Slovenia

Filipino Winter Olympian Michael Christian Martinez won the gold in the Triglav Trophy Figure Skating Senior Men’s Division in Jesenice, Slovenia on Sunday.

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Photo Credit: Alex Dela Rosa Photography

He scored 63.29 in the Short Program on Friday and 131.84 in Freeskate on Sunday for a total of 195.13.

Japan’s Keiji Tanaka settled for silver for a total of 189.83. Ryuju Hino, also of Japan, came in third with 183.06.

The other skaters were Phillip Harris of Great Britain, June Hyoung Lee of Korea, Mario-Rafael Ionian of Austria and Sondre Oddvoll Boe of Norway.

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As in the 2014 Winter Olympics that concluded recently in Sochi, Russia, Michael was the only entrant from a country that doesn’t have snow or ice.

His skipping of the World Junior Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria slated March 10-16 proved advantageous to the teener as his injuries had enough time to heal.

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Meanwhile, Samantha Cabiles, who performed in the Junior Ladies Division ended 6th overall in a field of 21 with a total score of 100.04. The Filipina teener was 4th in the Short Program.

Topping the division was Elizabet Tursynbayeva of Kazakhstan with 150.68, followed by Ah Hyun Lim of Korea with 120.33 and Alissa Scheidt of Germany with 115.69.

In the Senior Ladies Division, Rika Hongo of Japan won the gold with 153.32 points, followed by Francesca Rio of Italy with 139.36 and Isabelle Olsson of Sweden with 136.62.

There were only four entrants in Junior Men—with Anton Kempf of Germany topping the division with 139.66, followed by Daniel Naurits of France with 132.88; and Marco Zandron and Giorgio Settembrini, both of Italy, with 124.66 and 123.01 respectively.

There’s also Advanced Novice Boys and Advanced Novice Girls Divisions—topped by Arthur Ribes of France with 89.83 points and So Hyun An of Korea with 109.33 points.

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The ISU (International Skating Union) 2013-2014 Season ends on June 30. The 2014-2015 Season begins with the Junior Grand Prix France on August 20-24, 2014 in Courchevel, France.

In his post early Monday (Manila time), the Filipino Olympian said:

“I Thank God for this blessing- another gold medal in senior event. It was actually difficult for all of us because the 30 minutes practice sessions were scheduled a day before, and no more practices during the competition days. I’m very happy i made it to first place.”

He still has to make a decision whether he will compete in Dubai next month.

Congratulations, Michael Christian Martinez, for continuously bringing pride to the Philippines and to all Filipinos around the world!

Mabuhay!

Not competing in WJC: Enough time to heal, rest and practice for Filipino Winter Olympian Michael Christian Martinez

Skipping the World Junior Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria slated March 10-16, 2014, Michael Christian Martinez has enough time to heal, rest and practice for the skating season in August.

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As reported by Steve Angeles of ABS-CBN North America News Bureau on abs-cbn.com, it is due to doctor’s advice that the newest darling of Philippine sports decided not to compete in the event.

His mother Maria Theresa was quoted as saying, “It’s the doctor’s and the coach’s decision. Michael’s doctor has recommended that he withdraw from the World Junior (Championships) since his knee injury has not completely healed yet, and his falls during his current practices are adding to the injuries.”

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Michael Martinez being interviewed by Steve Angeles

Michael placed 5th in the World Junior Championships last year held in Milan, Italy with 191.64 points. Getting the 1-2-3 spots were USA’s Joshua Farris, Jason Brown and Shotaro Momori. China’s Jin Boyang was fourth. 

Filipino-Swiss Alisson Krystle Perticheto who represented the Philippines in the Ladies Division placed 18th in last year’s WJC.

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Now a superstar in the Philippines, Michael is overwhelmed by the support he is getting, which inspires him to work for a medal in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea.

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“It’s so heartwarming that everybody now acknowledges my talent. Everybody now is supporting me so I’m very thankful for that. I feel very happy, it feels like…feeling ko iiyak ako nang nakita ko ang dami ng suporta sa akin,” he said.

The teener himself reported that out of 2,850 athletes from 89 countries, he was the #1 supported athlete in the Sochi 2014 website.

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“I owe it to all of you my dear friends! I am eternally and sincerely grateful for your continuous support and for all your prayers!!!!! Thank you very much!!” he posted.

Michael, who holds the distinction of the first-ever figure skater from the Philippines and Southeast Asia to have qualified for the Olympics, also got featured in The Best Of Sochi 2014 Olympics video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ka5nMNUSGA.

On February 26, a day before he left for the US for training, the Winter Olympian was commended by the Philippine Senate for the honor he brought to the country.

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Handsomeness among beauties

Senate Resolution 505 sponsored by Sen. Vicente Sotto III commended Michael for his feat.

“To excel on ice, even if the only ice we produce in the country is from refrigerators, is exceptional indeed,” Sotto said on the Senate floor.

Three Binibinis were also commended by the Senate on the same day.

Described by Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano as the country’s crown jewels, Miss Supranational 2013 Mutya Johanna Datul, Miss Universe 2013 3rd  Runner-Up Ariella Arida and Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago came with their crowns and posed with the Philippine Olympian.

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Between practices and rest, Michael is taking time to meet his supporters in the US, some of whom have put up organizations or foundations to fund his second Olympic bid in Pyeongchang.

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See related stories https://arloc888.wordpress.com/2014/02/24/michael-martinez-comes-home-a-superstar-from-sochi-prepares-for-world-junior-figure-skating-championships-2014-and-2018-pyeongchang-winter-olympics/ and

https://arloc888.wordpress.com/2013/12/01/michael-christian-martinez-banners-philippines-in-2014-winter-olympics/

Michael Martinez comes home a superstar from Sochi, prepares for World Junior Figure Skating Championships 2014 and 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics

Filipino figure skater Michael Christian Martinez was bestowed the honors fit for a revered Olympian Sunday, with a motorcade around Pasay City and press conference at the SM Mall of Asia.

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The teener who placed 19th overall in Men’s Figure Skating in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia faced the media, his colleagues, supporters and fans fresh from his 30-hour journey from the Games location.

He was given a Lifetime Skating Privilege in all SM Skating Rinks and SM Prime Holdings Inc. president Hans Sy, also the first Philippine Skating Union (PSU) president, handed the athlete a US$10,000 check as bonus for his stellar and historic performance in the Games.

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Sy pledged further for continued and even stronger support for Michael’s bid in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics in Korea.

“He is a shining example to the youth as someone who saw no limits to what he can achieve. He has already inspired millions by following his dream and by competing in the Winter Olympics,” said the SM Prime Holdings president.

Pasay City Mayor Tony Calixto likewise acknowledged Michael’s contribution to Philippine sports by giving him the symbolic key to the city, as MOA, where Michael does his practice, is located in Pasay.

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Business tycoon Manny Pangilinan of TV5, Smart Communications and PLDT pledged a US$10,000 bonus for Michael soon after the figure skating sensation finished his short program routine. TV5 was the exclusive broadcaster of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

In his speech, Michael said that he was sharing the honors to all Filipino Olympians before him.

“I’m not the first to represent the country in the world stage. So please don’t forget other athlete heroes. I share this moment with them,” he told the crowd and the media at MOA.

Although he is the first figure skater from the Philippines and Southeast Asia, the Philippines had entered the Winter Olympics thrice before.

Martinez qualified for the 2014 Winter Olympics when he finished 7th in the Men’s Singles in the 2013 Nebelhorn Trophy held in Oberstdorf, Germany in September last year.

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As to the issue of lack of support from the government, PSU president and Michael’s mentor Mr. Pocholo Veguillas clarified that the Philippine Sports Commission thru the Philippine Olympic Committee actually shouldered the US$7,200 training fund of Michael in Russia. He also said that SM is shouldering their protégé’s expenses as the budget from the national government could be used to fund other athletes’ needs.

And the mortgage issue that somehow became a controversy?

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His mother, Mrs. Maria Theresa Martinez, was supposed to answer a mediaman’s query, but was motioned by Mr. Veguillas and Mr. Sy there was no need for her to say anything about it. It’s actually immaterial, as any parent would do the same to be with her beloved son in his Olympic debut. The support SM had been extending, though, or the government for that matter, is only for the athlete and not his entire family. And that is quite understood.

The good thing is, with Michael’s inspiring performance, bonuses and gratuities are now coming from all directions.

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On Monday, Michael was also honored by the Muntinlupa City government with Mayor Jaime Fresnedi handing him a check of P100,000 bonus in recognition for the pride and honor he brought to the country and the city. Michael also visited the school where he finished elementary and high school.

Later that day he skated at SM Southmall, the place where he started his career nine years ago, to the delight of his fans and mall-goers.

At the Meet & Greet event, the screams and shouts every time he waved, smiled or spoke to the crowd only proved that he’s now the newest superstar, be it in sports or television.

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Aside from the numerous guestings on TV, the ice prince is also to receive a special honor during Game 6 of the PLDT Home DSL PBA Cup Finals (between San Mig and Rain Or Shine) aired live on TV5.

Men’s Figure Skating champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan is said to train further in Canada and one question was if Michael would follow suit to solidify his chances in the next Olympics.

He said that he’s staying put with his trainer, Russian 1998 Olympic champion Ilia Kulik, as they’ve been working together for so long and he’s confident with him. In fact, they have started training for quadruple axel in preparation for his bid in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics in Korea.

Asked about what was running through his mind when he fell during his free skate routine, he said that he can’t allow a second fall as he was fighting for his mom, himself and his country.

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He also said that he’s so happy and could hardly believe he met and was actually competing along with his idol, Patrick Chan of Canada, who placed second to Hanyu.

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Michael will soon go back to the US to train for the World Junior Figure Skating Championships 2014 in Sofia, Bulgaria, happening on March 10-16.

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Related stories: Filipinos proud of Michael Christian Martinez’s 2014 Olympics feat; Japanese wins Men’s Figure Skating gold https://arloc888.wordpress.com/2014/02/15/filipinos-proud-of-michael-christian-martinezs-2014-winter-olympics-feat-japanese-wins-mens-figure-skating-gold/ and Michael Christian Martinez banners Philippines in 2014 Winter Olympics https://arloc888.wordpress.com/2013/12/01/michael-christian-martinez-banners-philippines-in-2014-winter-olympics/

Filipinos proud of Michael Christian Martinez’s 2014 Winter Olympics feat; Japanese wins Men’s Figure Skating gold

Considering that the Philippines is a tropical country, producing a Winter Olympian in the person of Michael Christian Martinez is indeed remarkable.

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Not only is the teener from Muntinlupa City the first-ever Filipino figure skater in the Olympic Games but also the first from Southeast Asia (composed of 11 countries).

At 17, he’s also the youngest entrant in the event, and one of the youngest in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

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After the short program preliminaries on February 13, where he placed 19th overall in the Top 24 among 30 contestants, Michael has become a media darling, not only at home but much so for international journalists covering the event.

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As lone representative of a country of 100 million people, his flexibility on the ice rink was enough reason for the audience to be in awe, adding to the fact that snow and sleet exist only in the minds of those in the tropics.

One of the questions always posed is how did he practice and how has he become so good in figure skating.

For answers, see related story Michael Christian Martinez banners Philippines in 2014 Winter Olympics https://arloc888.wordpress.com/2013/12/01/michael-christian-martinez-banners-philippines-in-2014-winter-olympics/ posted as early as December 1, 2013.

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During the finals on February 14, Michael enjoyed the lead for some time. He was the third to perform and emerged on top with a total score of 184.25 (64.81 for the short program, and 119.44 for the final free skate routine), until the 7th entrant.

When the other groups performed, Michael’s ranking lowered and lowered, until he ended 19th overall, with Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan emerging #1 for the gold, Patrick Chan of Canada #2 for silver and Denis Ten, representing Kazakhstan at third for the bronze.

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Hanyu is the 2013 Grand Prix winner while Chan is 3-time World Champion. The Japanese also set a world record for earning more than 100 points in the short program. Ten, meanwhile, came from 9th in the short program to 3rd overall, snatching the bronze from Spain’s Javier Fernandez.

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Michael may have not won a medal in the Games but he has won the hearts and support of Filipinos scattered all over the globe and the admiration and attention of people around the world.

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Past midnight on February 15, before the culmination of the event, Chot Reyes, coach of Gilas Pilipinas, the Philippine team to the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain, and also the executive director of MVPSF (Manny V. Pangilinan Sports Foundation), tweeted that business tycoon Manny Pangilinan is giving Michael a bonus of US$10,000 for his historic performance.

Some of the skaters were as old as 29, and at 17, Michael can still look up to 3 more Winter Olympics.

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Although he said that he wants to eventually become a doctor, this early he is already ecstatic for his bid in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, Republic Of Korea.

Filipinos will be more supportive, especially that they are now familiar with the term triple axel.

PH reigns supreme in ASEAN basketball but ends 27th SEA Games campaign only at 7th behind Singapore

There is no doubt that the Philippines is the strongest team when it comes to basketball in the ASEAN region. In fact, its second place finish in the FIBA Asia that qualified Gilas Pilipinas to the FIBA World Cup in Spain next year is a testament that, indeed, in this side of the world the Filipinos reign supreme in hoops.

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The SEA Games national team, Sinag Pilipinas, bannered by naturalized Marcus Douthit and composed mainly of UAAP stalwarts--Bobby Ray Parks Jr. of NU Bulldogs, Kiefer Ravena of the Ateneo Blue Eagles, Rey Mark Belo of the FEU Tamaraws, Kevin Ferrer of the UST Tigers, Roi Sumang of the UE Warriors  and Jericho Cruz of the Adamson Falcons–proved strongest when it demolished the other teams one after another unscathed.

The other players were Kevin Alas (team captain), Matt Ganuelas, Garvo Lanete, Jake Pascual and Ronald Pascual. The coaching staff was composed of head coach Jong Uichico with Nash Racela, Josh Reyes and Allan Gregorio as assistant coaches.

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Here’s what happened to the games played by Sinag Pilipinas (to get to the link press Ctrl then right click highlighted lines):

Sinag Pilipinas Record: 6-0

Game 1: Sinag Pilipinas defeated Singapore, 88-75
Top Scorer: Rey Mark Belo with 16 points
Read Game Recap: Sinag Pilipinas defeats Singapore
Watch Video: Philippines vs Singapore Highlights

Game 2: Sinag Pilipinas defeated Cambodia, 107-57
Top Scorer: Rey Mark Belo with 17 points
Read Game Recap: Sinag Pilipinas defeats Cambodia
Watch Video: Philippines vs Cambodia Video

Game 3: Sinag Pilipinas defeated Myanmar, 118-43
Top Scorer: Ronald Pascual with 20 points
Read Game Recap: Sinag Pilipinas defeats Myanmar

Game 4: Sinag Pilipinas defeated Thailand, 100-68
Top Scorer: Kevin Ferrer with 23 points
Read Game Recap: Sinag Pilipinas defeats Thailand

Game 5: Sinag Pilipinas defeated Indonesia, 83-52
Top Scorer: Marcus Douthit with 11 points
Read Game Recap: Sinag Pilipinas defeats Indonesia

Game 6: Sinag Pilipinas defeated Malaysia, 84-56
Top Scorer: Bobby Ray Parks with 18 points
Read Game Recap: Sinag Pilipinas defeats Malaysia
Watch Video: Sinag Pilipinas vs Malaysia Video Highlights

(See more at: http://www.smartgilasbasketball.com/2013-sea-games/2013-southeast-asian-games-recap-for-sinag-pilipinas/#sthash.nEhDo4aD.dpuf)

The women’s basketball team, Perlas Pilipinas, placed second to Thailand.

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Archand Christian Bagsit exults in victory past Thai runner to win gold for the relay team

For the medals haul, team Philippines came short of one gold from the projected 30 gold medals by the Philippine Olympic Committee as several games where the country comes strong were scrapped. Some games only Myanmar is familiar with had been added instead.

This year also is the worst placement of the Philippines in the biennial meet at 7th after city-state Singapore which hauled a total of 34 golds.

Once in 2005, when the SEA Games were held in Manila, the Philippines topped the meet with a haul of 113 golds, pulling away from Thailand with 87 and Vietnam with 77. It placed second to Indonesia twice, in 1983 and 1991 (2 golds short to Indonesia‘s 92 when it was held in Manila).

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FEU Decathlete Jesson Ramil Cid wins 20th gold medal for the Philippines

Filipinos also became third overall six times–when the country debuted in 1977 held in Malaysia, 1981 held in Manila, 1985 held in Bangkok, Thailand, 1987 held in Malaysia, 1993 held in Singapore and in 1995 held in Chang Mai, Thailand.

From there, the Philippines slipped down  in the rankings with Vietnam becoming a powerhouse and tiny Singapore placing even better.

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Formerly ruled by a military regime, Myanmar showed it can host the biennial meet as the 12-day sporting event opened on December 11 and closed in a cacophony of noise and magnificent display of lights on December 22.

This was the very first time after 44 years of almost seclusion that Myanmar had a celebration this big and for sure the Burmese people will never forget this day.

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The next SEA Games to be held in Singapore in 2015 hopefully will be better for the Filipinos. Bowling is one game that Filipinos excel in and for sure Singapore will include that as Singaporeans also excel in the game.

The 28th SEA Games website is http://www.seagames2015.com.