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  • We Win As One! Here Are Our Favorite Family Moments At The 2019 SEA Games

    Pinoy athletes chose to dedicate their victories with their families!
    by Kate Borbon .
We Win As One! Here Are Our Favorite Family Moments At The 2019 SEA Games
PHOTO BY courtesy of Instagram/@chesaltomonte, Facebook/2019 SEA Games, Facebook/News5 Features
  • The 2019 SEA Games have officially ended, with the Philippines emerging as the overall champion with a record-breaking 149 medals in the bag. Filipino athletes bagged wins in several sporting events, and many of them chose to celebrate their victory with the people closest to their hearts: their families!

    The best family moments at the 2019 SEA Games

    Carlos Yulo shares a tender moment with his mom after his win

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    Gymnast Carlos Yulo, who made headlines in October for being the first Filipino gymnast to win gold at the 2019 World Artistic Championships in Germany, scored another gold medal at the Men’s Individual All-Around Category of the 2019 SEA Games. Right after his victory, Carlos shared a sweet moment with his mom Angelica.

    Aside from giving him medals and making him a household name, being a champion gymnast has also allowed Carlos to build a house for his family, with the help of the incentives he has received throughout his career.

    Jamie Lim celebrates her gold medal (and summa cum laude!)

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    Karate athlete Jamie Lim had a tremendous 2019: Not only did she win her first gold medal at the 2019 SEA Games, but she had also graduated with a BS Mathematics degree from the University of the Philippines Diliman summa cum laude!

    In an interview with SPIN Life, Jamie dedicated her summa cum laude to her mom Darlene Berberable and her SEA Games win to her dad Samboy Lim, a former Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) player who was himself a SEA Games gold medalist back in the eighties.

    “I look up to my mom and dad so much,” she shared. “To even come close to him, to be compared to him and mom, it’s so big for me. Today is so special for me. I feel happy.”

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    Aries Toledo is strengthened after seeing his family in the audience

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    Aries Toledo, who clinched the gold medal in the men’s decathlon, started the race with a hamstring injury mere days before the competition. Still, he did not let that hinder him from giving his best, especially because his family — his mother, father, and pregnant wife — were in the audience.

    “[M]as lalo akong nabuhayan nung nakita ko sila,” Aries told SPIN Life. “May nagpalakas ng loob ko. Sabi ko sa sarili ko lalaban ako kahit anong mangyari. Pumutok man ‘yung hamstring ko, ilalaban ko ‘to.”

    Cheska and Dino Altomonte dedicate their wins to their mom

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    Softball athlete Cheska Altomonte and her brother, baseball athlete Dino Altomonte, both scored gold medals at the 2019 SEA Games — and they both dedicated it to their mom!

    Cheska opened up to Rappler about how their parents’ support helped catapult them to where they are now. “They’re both super proud of us! They sacrificed just as much as we did and they’re the reasons why we are here.”

    She also shared, “We both played our hearts out today for our respective teams and it feels great to win on home ground and especially great to do it in front of our family, friends, and supporters.”

    Congratulations, athletes!

    Another Pinoy athlete who prevailed at the 2019 SEA Games was Daniela Dela Pisa, a gymnast and cancer survivor! Read more about her here.

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