We win as one


“We Win as One.” That’s the official motto of the 30th Southeast Asian Games that our country is currently hosting. SEAG is a biennial, regional, multi-sport event, which officially started yesterday at the Philippine Arena with the final torchbearer, world-boxing champion and Senator Manny Pacquiao, lighting the cauldron. Go Philippines! 

With a record number of 56 sports and 529 events, this edition is the largest SEAG ever. With so many athletes, coaches and officials, almost every Filipino is connected in some way to SEAG. In my case, I am particularly giving full attention and support to Underwater Hockey because my hubby Dennis is running that competition, as the president of the Philippine Underwater Hockey Confederation, the national sports association.

Touring San Agustin Church with Anna Arzhanova, president of CMAS, the International Federation for UWH.

For years, Dennis has played underwater hockey twice a week with the Polo Puck Pirates Underwater Hockey Club. When the team competes abroad at the World Championships, I would join Dennis so I could shop while they fight. Underwater hockey is not the best spectator sport with all the action happening underwater, but for SEAG, the comp will have underwater video cameras doing a livestream to the web and to various LED boards around the Vermosa Sports Hub in Imus, Cavite, where the comp will be held.

Team PHI for UWH in their team uniforms and Rudy Project gear bags, posing at the entry to the Vermosa Sports Hub. L-R: Topz Policarpo, Jay Bejar, Roby Papa, Cesar Marasigan, Ren Paras, David Quiec, Kelvin Tan, Ram Jorge, Roy Arayata, Kiko Yanga, Men’s Capt. Alex Colet, Jappy Parulan, Coach Rees Quilford, Coach Amy Barry Macaulay, Jowi Uy, Women’s Capt. Chari Ongyanco, Khae Naguit, Nadj Buenafe, Jelyn Baldonado, Ivy Canlas, Bridget Josef, Jacky Joyce Chua, Bem Lim, JV LIm, Ines Templo.

It’s amazing to have watched this small sport journey from its niche to the SEAG. The key was to get the support of Philippine Olympic Committee president Abraham Tolentino, who believed in the medal possibilities of Team Philippines. The next factor was to get two excellent Team Captains, Alex Colet for the Men, and Chari Ongyanco for the Women, and three experienced Australian Coaches, Rees Quilford, Amy Barry Macaulay and Jason Miezis, to motivate a diverse group of athletes to train for a year and aim for the four Gold Medals up for grabs. I am excited to see how they do against Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore this December 2 to 5.

The official medals were designed by Filipino metal sculptor and good friend Daniel dela Cruz, who also designed the SEAG torch. Daniel designed a sea wave pattern encircling the logo signifying the Philippine archipelago. Symbols of the various sports are embedded using laser etching.   

Jerry Sy, Francis Kong, Jimmy Thai, Gary Yeang, Kelvin Sng, Barry Cheung, Johnny Thai

The Barong Tagalog was used as the official uniform for Team Philippines’ parade in the 2019 SEA Games. The official uniform was designed by Francis Libiran. While the Filipino athletes’ official training apparel is sponsored by Asics. Business uniforms were made by fashion designer Rajo Laurel who designed an embroidered barong with patterns of the sun and stars. 

The organizers secured insurance for the games’ athletes and officials from Standard Insurance during the games with each beneficiary having coverage of ₱300,000. Standard Insurance has EMA-Global as its medical service provider partner.

Inquirer Group of Companies is part of the Official Media Partners. And Megaworld Corporation is one of the Platinum Sponsors.  

In behalf of the Philippine Underwater Hockey Team, Dennis would like to thank the various donors who have helped the team, Alphaland Corporation and Balesin Island Club, Belo SunExpert, BENCH Active, CATS Motors, Koi Village, Rudy Project, USANA, Wilcon Depot, FILA and all our family and friends! Special thanks also goes to Sunny Ku for organizing all the marketing support.  

Between all the fund raising and trying to “Marie Kondo” my closet for the garage sale, I have been attending so many events. November must be the busiest time of the year when it comes to social events. 

A night of good food, good drinks, and good health filled the air as the Philippines’ first potassium food supplement with no prescription needed, Neutra K, was launched to promote a healthy balance by letting people have better control of their lives.   

The launch, hosted by TV personality-athlete Vince Velasco, gathered together top executives and people who worked behind the success of Neutra K that was formulated to boost overall wellness and help maintain healthy day-to-day productivity. Elizabeth Lietz of Paracelsus Life Sciences Corporation talked about this supplement that the body really needs to prevent sickness. 

Another recent celebration was the 30th anniversary of World Traveller, a full-fledged travel brand selling quality yet affordable travel products. Founded in 1989, Singapore-based World Traveller initially sold men’s travel accessories and document cases, expanded into luggage in 2002, and is now part of the Primer Group of Companies.   

Tessa Prieto Valdes, Janeena Chan and Dong Ronquillo

To toast its 30th anniversary, World Traveller recently held an event at I’M Hotel in Makati City. To jointly promote their #ForTheSmartTraveller campaign, the event also introduced a limited-edition suitcase and a travel accessory inspired by one of the most iconic World Traveller pieces dating back to the 1990s. 

Kicking off the program was a video presentation and a fashion show that introduced World Traveller’s brand ambassadors, Chef Francis Tolentino as The Business Traveller, Adela Mae Marshall as The Lifestyle Traveller, Graham Caygill as The Adventure Traveller, and Cat Triviño as The Creative Traveller.  

I was delighted to attend the Tod’s SS 2020 Collection last September when I was at the Milan Fashion Week, and then the recent launch in our country as well. Tod’s Factory presented the capsule collection of hip designer Alber Elbaz and called it “Tod’s Happy Moments.” His starting point was the iconic and beloved Tod’s driving shoe, capturing and transforming its true spirit for the next generation. Exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Tod’s brought in the fun capsule collection and held an all-day viewing at their shop in Greenbelt 4. 

One other event was the first solo fashion show of Patricia Santos and the works of Modernist Master Justin Nuyda of Galerie Joaquin. Patricia Santos x Galerie Joaquin presented a collaboration of art and fashion brought to life. The representation of movement through the brush strokes present in Nuyda’s paintings was notably present as Santos got her inspiration from nature.   

The evening started with the art exhibit at the foyer of the Shangri-La at The Fort. The beautiful fashion show, directed by Robby Carmona, was a sexy and romantic collection.  

What’s the Christmas season without a bazaar! Check out the last day of the Noel Bazaar at The Filinvest Tent Alabang until 9 PM. Present at the Opening Ceremonies were Mayose Gozon-Bautista and Justine Bautista of Cut Unlimited, and Heart Evangelista-Escudero, GMA Celebrity Ambassador for Noel Bazaar 2019. 

Happy Holidays! 

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