No new unified hymn like "We Win As One" will be required.
The resounding success at the 30th Southeast Asian Games is a triumph for all Filipinos, young or old, poor or rich, who fainted near and far and wavered, swayed, cheered and prayed and were part of the national election campaign and the national one Celebrations were held at various venues, such as New Clark City and the Philippine Arena.
The Philippines ruled the Southeast Asian Games in all their glory. The Filipino athletes made the two weeks of competition a victory celebration. The competition came to an end when the Philippines posted a record medal harvest to decide on the biennial regional race for dominance in sport.
It was an overwhelming dominance, touching and historical, so ecstatic compatriots had to wonder how the magic and glory happened.
The Philippines actually limped off the star block when the 2019 games were played, no, thanks to booboos and trouble before the games. However, the moving success at home this year is probably the most amazing achievement of a host country.
Filipino Sports Commission Chairman Butch Ramirez, Filipino Chef de Mission, said: “We all worked hard for it. The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), the national sports associations, the national organizing committee, the government and the private sector, as well as the Filipino people came together to show everyone that they had the whole nation behind them. "
The staff and volunteers of the games were selected.
However, the best was reserved for national athletes. all 1,084 who finished with 149, gold, 171 silver, 121 bronze medals.
It was indeed a magical leap for the Philippines, which took a miserable sixth place in Kuala Lumpur two years ago.
The Philippines finally conquered the overall championship here at home after several hostings in 1981 and 1991 2005. Unfortunately, the Philippines in Thailand slid to sixth place in 2007.
The Manila magic of 2019 was not easy due to political clashes and struggles. But there is no denying that the change and restructuring of leadership in the National Olympic Committee have also worked wonders.
The secret could also be in the master plan.
"It took us a year to prepare, study and implement the plan," said POC President Abraham Tolentino, tireless workhorse.
What is not easy to explain is the national fervor that burned the games.
There has never been anything like this, a gripping fever that spontaneously spread during papal visits.
Of course there will be great expectations if the Philippines defend the overall championship in two years.
It could be a problem to keep the competitive fires away from the support and cheers of the local population. There will be a question of how to stay consistent and heroic from home.
Meanwhile, the country's Olympic hopes, such as gymnast Carlos Yulo and weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, will not find peace.
There is no need to emphasize how winning the Philippines' first Olympic medal at the Tokyo Olympics next year would certainly help spark the national passion for Filipino athletes in Vietnam in 2021.
But what happened this year would require a different magnificence and magic.
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