SEA Games: PHI arnis 'exceeded expectations,' says Sen. Zubiri

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 04, 2019 11:50 AM
PHI arnis 'exceeded expectations,' says Sen. Zubiri
(Photo courtesy of SEA Games Media)

Not only has the Philippines fulfilled its promise in arnis in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, it has far and away surpassed it.

Winning 14 gold medals and 20 in total, the national team dominated its national martial art in the regional meet.

Of course, the sport's national governing body is nothing but satisfied, "I couldn’t have asked for anything more. They exceeded expectations," Sen. Migz Zubiri, president of the Philippine Eskrima Kali Arnis Federation, said.

He then continued, "Sabi ko lang before the SEA Games, 12 (golds), nagbigay sila ng 14. I'm just happy para sa bayan."

Not only that, arnis was also front and center for all Filipinos to witness - and  with that, the national arnisadors have only encouraged their kababayans to try out their national martial art. "I'm so proud of our boys and girls. We did very well," Sen. Zubiri said.

He then continued, "They made our sport so popular and such a unifying force."

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