ARCHERY produced another bronze medal for the Philippines on Wednesday as athletes begin to arrive in Kuala Lumpur with the official start of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games drawing near.
Paul Merton Dela Cruz captured his second bronze medal in this year's biennial meet when he teamed up with Earl Benjamin Yap and Joseph Vicencio to finish third in the men's team compound at the Synthetic Turf Field in the KL Sports City for the country's only medal of the day.
The Philippines slipped to seventh place in the medal standings with a 0-1-2 gold-silver-bronze tally so far in the meet. Host Malaysia leads with 3-3-3, followed by Indonesia (2-0-1), Myanmar (2-0-0), Singapore (1-1-1), Thailand (1-1-0), and Vietnam (0-2-0).
A total of 109 Filipino athletes arrived on Wednesday with more coming in the next few days ahead of the opening ceremony to be held on Friday at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium.
Athletes from athletics and rugby football were among the new arrivals on Wednesday with more to follow including the celebrated Gilas Pilipinas men's national basketball team on Friday.
Also arriving in Kuala Lumpur is Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Jose 'Peping' Cojuangco for the SEA Games Federation Council Meeting where he will formally bare that the Philippines will accept the hosting chores for the 2019 SEA Games.
The day began early for Cojuangco when he attended a press conference in the morning in Manila along with Philippine Sports Commission chairman William 'Butch' Ramirez and Department of Foreign Affairs secretary Alan Peter Cayetano announcing that the government has decided to proceed with the country's hosting of the region's biggest sporting event.