Here are four more sports that the Philippines has a good chance of winning! [firstpara]
BOXING. She's the only local female boxer who caught Freddie Roach's fancy. But there's a lot more reason why many dubbed flyweight Annie Albania as the country's female Manny Pacquiao.
"She is a real tough fighter with a lot of heart and has the potential to be a great one in the future," said Roach.
Albania will head into the SEA Games as the odd-on pick just a month after clinching the only gold for the Philippines in the 2009 Asian Indoor Games in Hanoi, Vietnam
And her latest conquest only validated predictions that the diminutive 27-year-old lass from Banga, South Cotabato may just repeat her knockout victory in the 2007 SEA Games in Thailand.
As Roach said, Albania's fighting form looks "better than your boys."
Expectations remain high for tennis ace Cecil Mamiit, but the addition of fellow Filipino-American Treat Huey also boosted the team's stocks
Mamiit and Huey will march into the SEA Games after impressive singles and doubles performances the past months that powered the Philippines back to Group 1 of the Asia-Oceania Zone Davis Cup competitions.
“It has been a great season, a great ride,” said Mamiit.
But the veteran Mamiit, the country’s No. 1 campaigner, aims to punctuate the year with a third straight gold in the SEA Games men's singles.
The 23-year-old Huey, a graduate of University of Virginia, similarly hopes to sustain his winning roll just five months after his Philippine debut.
WORDS BY: JASMINE PAYO
ILLUSTRATION BY: KELVIN TEE