The 30th Edition of the Southeast Asian Games will be held in the Philippines from November 30 to December 11, 2019. For the first time in its studded history, there will be a competition for top players in games like DOTA, Mobile Legends, Tekken and Star Craft. Yes Virginia, these games that our kids love to play is now recognized as an official medal sport in the SEA Games.
Towards this end, Team SIBOL has been organized. They are the veterans and cream of the crop in their respective games, united under the battle cry “Lakad Matatag” and will carry the banner for the country in the forthcoming SEA Games.
Broken down into teams, the members of the Philippine esports delegation are the following –
For Mobile Legends: Carlito “Ribo” Ribo, Erwin “Yakou” Magno, Jeniel “Haze” Bata-Anon, Marc Danielle “Dee” San Luis, Yuji “Yuji” Aizawa, Angelo Kyle “Pheww” Arcangel, Renz Carlo “Pein” Reyes, Lester “Tets” Santos, Ralph Mico “Coco” Sampang, Mark “Dysania” Cruz, Ephraim Jueinno “Ejhay” Sambrano, Gerardo “Eson” Mark Jayson, Jeff Franklin “Jeffqt4ever” Anaya, Allan Sancio “Lusty” Castromayor, Jason Rafael “Jay” Torculas, Ashleymarco “Killuash” Cruz and Kyle “Ryo” Berceño.
For Hearthstone, there’s Jacinta “Jia” Dee and Euneil “Staz” Javiñas –
For Tekken 7, there’s Andreij Hosea “Doujin” Albar and Alexandre Gabrielle “AK” Laverez. And for StarCraft II, the team is led by Caviar “Enderr” Acampado.
For DOTA 2: Carlo “Kuku” Palad, Timothy John “Tims” Randrup, Kim “Gabbi” Santos, Armel “Armel” Tabios, Nico “Eyyou” Barcelon, Djardel Jicko B. “DJ” Mampusti, Marc Polo Luis “Raven” Fausto, Abed Azel “Abed” Yusop, Michael “ninjaboogie” Ross Jr. and Ryan Jay “Bimbo” Qui.
For Arena of Valor: Kevin Kio “Gambit” Dizon, Jeremiah “1717” Camarillo, Jevan Lorenzo “Bents” Delos Santos, Lawrence Anthony “Rubixx” Gatmaitan, and Miguel Klarenz “Miggie” Banaag.
‘Get Gold’ campaign of Smart Communications
As an incentive to the first Philippine National esports team, leading telecoms giant Smart Communications Inc. has launched the ‘Get Gold!’ campaign. It will offer cash prizes to the Team Sibol players, their coaches and managers for every gold medal won namely: P2 million cash prize for team events like DOTA 2, MLBB and AoV as well as a P1 million cash prize for individual events (Tekken 7, Hearthstone, Star Craft).
Smart has also established the Smart Sibol Training Ground as the team’s official headquarters, fitted no less with the latest mobile network innovations. Smart officials said there will also be pocket tournaments and test events in the coming weeks to make sure Sibol members are in their best fighting form for the SEA Games.
” We are very happy that Smart is joining us in our first outing with Sibol – no less than the 30th SEA Games! With the combined efforts of Smart and their Get Gold! program as well as our other partners, we believe that Sibol now has a firm footing and will be able to face all challenges that come their way on their path to victory,” said Jane Jimenez Basas, PSEU co-chairman and concurrent President of Cignal TV/TV5.
Here’s a video of the press conference held in Raffles Hotel Makati courtesy of Orange Magazine:
Since 2013, Smart has consistently provided a platform for Filipino gamers to showcase their talent and skill at grassroots and world-class esports events. This includes the annual Esports and Gaming Summit, the Philippine Clash 2015, ESL One in 2016, Manila Masters and Smart Mobile Gaming League in 2017, the Road to the Nationals in 2018, and the Nationals, the Philippines first franchise-based esports league.
Follow Sibol Esports Facebook page, the official website SIBOLesports.ph and @SIBOLesports on Twitter & Instagram for updates and more information on the national team.