26th SEA Games competition in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia

Malacanang congratulated on Sunday the Filipino athletes for their performance in the 2011 Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) held in Indonesia.

During an interview over state-run dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, Presidential Deputy Spokesperson Abigail Valte lauded the Filipino athletes who represented the Philippines in the SEA Games for bringing pride and honor to the country.

“Congratulations po doon sa ating mga atleta na nanalo na po ng medalya sa SEA Games. Maraming salamat sa inyong pagsa-sakripisyo at sa inyong pagdadala na naman ng karangalan sa ating bayan,” Valte said.

The Philippines is currently in the 6th place of the 26th SEA Games competition in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia, with 24 gold, 42 silver and 60 bronze medals.

Valte said that the government will look into ways of helping the Filipino athletes further improve their performance.

“There’s always a way to improve. Siguro po tingnan natin kung ano ang puwedeng gawin para naman mai-akyat pa natin ang antas at maalagaan ang ating mga atleta,” the deputy spokesperson said.

Last week, Filipino boxing icon and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao defeated Juan Manuel Marquez and retained his WBO welterweight title.

Beauty Queen Gwendoline Ruais was named first runner-up in the 2011 Miss World pageant in London while Binibining Pilipinas-International Dianne Necio finished in the Top 15 of the Miss International contest in China early this month.

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