THE Philippines collected its first medals three days before the formal opening of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia.
The men's chinlone squad won a silver for the Philippine contingent's first medal before archer Paul Merton Dela Cruz followed suit with a bronze in the individual compound event.
With one silver and one bronze, the Philippines is currently in fourth place in the medal tally with Indonesia taking the first spot with a 2-0-0 gold-silver-bronze output and host Malaysia at second with 1-1-2.
Myanmar is in third place with one gold.
The team of Alvin Pangan, Emmanuel Escote, Joeart Jumawan, John Jeffrey Morcillos, John John Bobier, Regie Reznan Pabriga, Rhemwil Catana, and Ronsited Gabayeron finished second behind host Malaysia in the linking event.
Dela Cruz, meanwhile, won over Zulfadhli Ruslan of Malaysia in a shoot-off to capture the bronze medal in the first day of the archery competitions at the Synthetic Turf Field.
In other results, the women's netball team suffered its second loss with a 69-32 blowout at the hands of Brunei.
The men's water polo squad was beaten by host Malaysia, 8-7, to fall to a 1-1 win-loss slate in the round-robin tournament.