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The Philippines will be sending a formidable team, which includes the current World No. 1 and three former world champions, that will be expected to deliver a haul of gold medals in the billiards events in the upcoming Southeast Asian Games in Singapore beginning June 5.

Two-time world champion and Hall of Famer Efren “Bata” Reyes, the living legend of Philippine billiards, will spearhead the country’s campaign in the biennial meet.

The 60-year-old Reyes, a former World 9-Ball and World 8-Ball titlist, will be the country’s oldest bet but will be bringing in wisdom and leadership to the team selected by the Philippine Olympic Committee.

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After a lengthy absence from the Southeast Asian Games, the sport of triathlon will be making its return to the multi-discipline event this year and that should give the Philippines plenty of reason to be upbeat in the upcoming biennial meet to be held in Singapore beginning June 5.

“I think as far as our chances are concerned, we’re llamado,” Tom Carrasco, head of the Triathlon Association of the Philippines, told InterAksyon.com in a telephone interview.

“If we deliver a gold medal, this will be big for the triathlon community. We didn’t have participation in the 2009, 2011, and 2013 SEA Games and this will be our comeback.”

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U-23 Azkals nurse high SEA Games hopes (May 30, 2015)
Marc Anthony Reyes [ Source: Inquirer ]

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SINGAPORE—The Philippine U-23 football squad hit the ground running here, training twice a day since arriving last Tuesday in hopes of making at least the semifinals of the 28th Southeast Asian Games.

The team won’t be at full strength, though, as seven original members of the squad have been tapped for the national team playing in the World Cup qualifier against Bahrain on June 11.

But coach Marlon Maro is upbeat about the team’s chances, saying the country has a good draw. The U23 Azkals will kick off its campaign on Monday against host Singapore.

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When Aby Maraño plays, she leaves it all on the court, and when she praises her teammates she doesn’t leave anything off.

Maraño told Inquirer.net that she sees a huge potential on her young teammates in the Philippine National Volleyball Team that would compete in the 2015 Singapore Southeast Asian Games, especially UAAP stars Alyssa Valdez and Jaja Santiago.

“They have a very high potential, I think they are the future of Philippine volleyball,” Maraño said during a lull in her photoshoot at the Philippine Daily Inquirer office. “Their level of play is so high right now.”

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Aby Maraño. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

Expect Aby Maraño to dish out some swagger as the Philippine national volleyball team tries to make a splash in Singapore for the 2015 Southeast Asian Games.

“Swagger? Of course I’ll bring it. I can’t change that, it comes natural to me when I play,” said a soft-spoken Maraño on Thursday during a lull in a photo shoot at the office of the Philippine Daily Inquirer. “There were times when I was still in college when I don’t react much, I was less intense than my usual self and my game just slipped.”

Maraño is known as one of Philippine volleyball’s most intense players and she lets it known inside the playing court.

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 Singapore swimmer Joseph Schooling speaks to Reuters during an interview in Singapore May 27, 2015. Reuters/Edgar Su

As one of Singapore's most successful and popular swimmers, Joseph Schooling knows the next two weeks of his life will be akin to living in a fish bowl.

The teenager is already a sporting celebrity in the tiny city-state because of his feats in the pool but his profile is set to soar to new heights with Singapore hosting the 28th Southeast Asian Games, starting next week.

Schooling is normally spared the daily scrutiny most sports stars experience because he lives and trains in the United States but his return home has triggered a new wave of interest in him.

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When word came out that Aiza Maizo-Pontillas will be cut from the women's national volleyball team, fans erupted into furor online in support of the veteran southpaw spiker.

Her subsequent appointment as assistant coach and reserve player came as a welcome development, but Pontillas admitted that she was surprised by the decision of the coaching staff to include her in the SEA Games-bound squad.

"Nagulat ako. Hindi ko nga in-expect na makakasama ako sa team," said the former University of Santo Tomas star after the national team's practice on Tuesday.

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