Philippine athletes from Mindanao placed 4th in the final Gold Medal Tally with 10 gold medals at the 10th Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines-Northern Territory of Australia East Asia Growth Area (BIMPNT EAGA) Friendship Games hosted by Brunei Darussalam which came to a close on 09 December 2018 at the Indoor Stadium, Bandar Seri Begawan. The Mindanao athletes also got 12 silver and 13 bronze medals.
Deputy Minister of Energy, Manpower and Industry Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Matsatejo bin Sokiaw was the guest of honor during the Closing Ceremony of the 10th BIMPNT EAGA Friendship Games. During the ceremony, the BIMPNT EAGA Flag was handed over to Philippine Sports commissioner Charles Raymond A. Maxey to signify the Philippines as the next host of the Friendship Games in 2020 in Davao City.
In his speech, Commissioner Maxey said “Since the inception of the games in 1997, Friendship and Collaboration among Member Countries are the centerpiece objectives of these games. We came here not as rivals, but we are here as friends. We bask in glory over our respective teams’ triumphs. But we also joined each other in celebrating these victories. That’s the true meaning of the BIMPNT EAGA Friendship Games.” Commissioner Maxey then invited everyone to come to the Philippines in 2020 for the 11th BIMPNT EAGA Friendship Games.
Among the highlights of the closing ceremony was a video presentation from the Philippines featuring Davao City as the future host of the Friendship Games followed by a lively cultural performance from the students and alumni of the Seri Mulia Sarjana School and the Seri Mulia Sarjana International School.
This edition of the Friendship Games featured eight sports events – aquatics, karatedo, taekwondo, wushu, athletics, lawn bowl, sepak takraw and pencak silat. The Philippines participated in all sports events except lawn bowl and pencak silat.
The Mindanao swimming team garnered the most number of gold medals. Our athletes from Palawan placed 8th in the final Gold Medal Tally with 3 golds. They also garnered 2 silver and 4 bronze medals.
In the overall medal tally, Mindanao is tied at 2nd place together with Brunei and Northern Territory of Australia with 35 total medals each. END