KUALA LUMPUR - The Philippines jumped to sixth place in the 29th Southeast Asian Games medal tally after an auspicious start to Monday's action via a sweep of the triathlon competitions in Putrajaya.
Nikko Huelgas and Kim Mangrobang added to the coffers of the Philippines when they ruled the men's and women's triathlon on Monday morning, duplicating the country's feat in the event two years ago in Singapore.
After Monday's play, the Philippines improved to 3-6-6 (gold-silver-bronze), surpassing Myanmar (3-2-1) for sixth place in the medal tally.
Huelgas won the SEA Games gold for the second consecutive time, while Mangrobang rose from the ranks in winning the gold after finishing second in 2015.
It was a dominating performance in triathlon for the Philippines as John Chicano and Claire Adorna took the silver medal in the men's and women's division respectively.
Meanwhile, Agatha Wong collected a silver in wushu when she placed second to an Indonesian in the women's optional taijijian. She scored 9.65 in her routine on her way to claiming the silver.
In fencing, Samantha Catantan was the youngest medalist in Monday's action as the two-time UAAP juniors MVP fencer finished second in the women's foil individual.
Archery was also a bright spot for the Philippines on Monday when the men's team recurve of 2008 Beijing Olympian Mark Javier, 2010 Youth Olympian Gab Moreno, Florante Matan, and Rogelio Tremedal secured the bronze.
A day after claiming a silver, Nicole Tagle secured her second medal when she won the bronze along with Kareel Hongitan, and Maryqueen Ybanez in women's recurve.
Sepak takraw also made a contribution to the medal tally as the women's regu of Rizzalyn Amolacion, Mary Ann Lopez, Jean Marie Sucalit, Kristel Carloman, and Lhaina Lhiell Mangubat finished third in the event.
Although it hasn't reflected in the medal tally, the victories of Charly Suarez, Mario Fernandez, and John Marvin in the quarterfinals on Monday assured the country of at least three more bronze medals in boxing. They seek for a higher place in semifinal bouts on Tuesday.
On the other hand, Marella Salamat and Jerry Aquino fell short in the women's and men's criterium when they finished fourth. Dominic Perez finished seventh, Rustom Lim 11th, Marcelo Felipe 17th, and Ryan Cayubit 27th in the men's criterium.
The men's volleyball team also made its debut in the 29th SEA Games with a straight-sets loss to Vietnam.