Photos from Caloocan Media Group/MANILA BULLETIN
The Caloocan City government gave cash incentives to the city's seven athletes who participated in the 32nd South East Asian (SEA) Games held recently in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Mr. Dindo Simpao, officer-in-charge of the Sports Development and Recreation Office, proudly presented on Saturday, June 3, the seven medalists to Caloocan City Mayor Dale Gonzalo "Along" Malapitan and other city officials.
The city government gave P30,000 to the silver medalists and P20,000 to the bronze medalists.
"Narito po ang mga achievers na ipinagmamalaki natin dito sa Caloocan. Sa lahat ng sumali mula sa Pilipinas, pito po ang galing sa ating lungsod, kaya naman hindi po tayo titigil na tulungan at gabayan ang mga kababayan natin, mapa-bihasa man o nagnanais pa lamang maging atleta (Here are the achievers we are proud of here in Caloocan. Of all the participants from the Philippines, seven are from our city, so we will not stop helping and guiding our fellow citizens, whether already trained or still aiming to become an athlete)," Simpao stated.
The medalists are Jayson Cayari of Barangay 171, who won a bronze medal in the Jiu-jitsu men's duo competition; brothers Harvey and Karl Navarro of Barangay 86 and Justine Perez of Barangay 160, who won a bronze medal in electronic sport (eSports) Crossfire; Ivan Agustin of Barangay 171, who got a silver medal in Karate Men's 84kg Kumite; and Jerard Jacinto of Barangay 15, who won in men's 50-meter backstroke swimming competition, bringing home silver and bronze medals.
Malapitan congratulated and thanked the athletes for bringing honor and pride to Caloocan City.
He also vowed support to their athletes for the upcoming game events of the Sports Development and Recreation Office.
"Congratulations sa inyong lahat! Nais po naming kilalanin at parangalan ang pag-uuwi niyo ng karangalan sa Caloocan, nagpapasalamat ako sa bawat isa sa inyo sa taas noong pagbibitbit ng ating lungsod pati na ang bandila ng Pilipinas (Congratulations to all of you! We would like to recognize and honor you for brining honor to Caloocan, and I thank each one you for proudly carrying the name of our city and the Philippine flag)," the mayor said. (Hannah Nicol)