Toneam Outoftown Blog Center (Outoftownblog.com) – The Philippine national esports team Sibol has officially started its campaign for the 31st Southeast Asian Games to be held in Hanoi from May 12 to May 23, 2022.
After weeks of selection, Sibol completed its roster in February 2022, with 55 athletes and nine coaches vying for gold at the upcoming biennial regional sporting event. Backed by Smart, Sibol debuted at the 30th SEA Games and at the time of writing has other major sponsors including PLDT, TV5, Cignal and Realme.
In a press conference hosted by the Philippine Esports Organization (PeSO), the team unveiled its new logo, first impressions of the official jersey and its slogan “Lakad Matatag”. This battle cry is taken from PeSO Executive Director Marlon “Lon” Marcelo’s world-renowned commentary in Dota2 matches.
PeSO is the country’s national esports governing body. It has been a member of the International Esports Federation (IESF) since 2012 and an associate member of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) since 2020.
During the press conference, PeSO also took a peek at the list of athletes. In attendance were Kristoffer Ed L. Ricaplaza – MLBB World Championship Coach, Christine Ray Roque Natividad – Wildrift No.1 Women’s SEA, Angel Danica Quiros Lozada – Wildrift No.1 Women’s SEA, Dennis O. Ramos Jr. – CrossFire FPS Gaming , Ralph Andrei M. Llabres – SIBOL Head Coach and Jabs Escutin – Sibol General Manager.
Sibol will introduce its full team in the coming weeks, who will compete in all 10 esports events at the 31st SEA Games: League of Legends, FIFA 4, CrossFire, Arena of Valor, Garena Free Fire, Mobile Legends Bang Bang ( MLBB), League of Legends: Wild Rift and PUBG. The first group of delegates is scheduled to fly to Hanoi the week of May 9, 2022.
“We are very proud to support a talented and passionate team who have been training tirelessly to represent our country to the best of their ability. We are confident that Sibol will continue to push the Philippines on the global esports map and prove that Filipinos can dominate this space,” said Jane Basas, PeSO board member, Smart senior vice president and head of consumer wireless.
Currently, the 64-man Sibol team is training at the Smart-funded Makati Bulun esports facility.
Marcelo added that PeSO and its sponsors are working on a series of events for delegations to give local and international esports fans a chance to get to know them and participate in competitions.
Introducing a brand new Sibol delegation, consisting of an all-female team and twin athletes
Sibol will debut its first all-female League of Legends: Wild Rift team at the 31st SEA Games, along with the first twin male athletes to compete in Wild Rift alone.
In addition to 2019 MLBB manager Jabs Escutin who took home the gold medal, the roster also includes new faces from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
“When we searched across the country, every athlete from the new Sibol team proved that they are at the top of the game. The team comes from different backgrounds and ages, and their common goal is to play at the upcoming international event Big win,” Escutin said.
Escutin also added that they are delighted to have the support of sponsors – Smart, PLDT, Realme, TV5 and Cignal, who will be joining them on their Lakad Matatag journey.
Realme will provide all 64 delegates with smartphones for official use.
Create a first in PH eSports history at an international sporting event
Sibol won 5 medals (3 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze) at the 30th Southeast Asian Games in Manila for the first time in 2019, and has won in Dota 2, StarCraft II and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang and Tekken 7 wins history.
Sibol won Southeast Asia’s first esports gold medal with a 3-2 aggregate win over Indonesia in Mobile Legends: Bang Bang.
The beautifully decorated team will also represent the Philippines at the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou and the 14th IESF Esports World Championships in Bali, both scheduled for later this year.
Visit the Philippine Esports Organization and Sibol’s official Facebook page for more updates.
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