PH’s e-sports team ‘Sibol’ set to make history in the first-ever e-sports medal event in SEA Games

  • The Philippine e-sports team members who will compete in the upcoming SEA games were recently revealed
  • It is composed of 27 e-sports athletes chosen from a training pool of 77 athletes
  • The team is dubbed as “Sibol”

A 27-man e-sports team will represent the Philippines in the upcoming 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games this year with a mission to bag at least five gold medals in various e-sports games.

Image by Sibol via Facebook

The team Philippines dubbed as “Sibol” will compete and is bound to make history in the first-ever medal event for e-sports in the biennial meet hosted by the country come November to December.

The Philippine Southeast Asia Esports Union named last September 16 the official lineup of Sibol for the SEA Games.

According to a report, the e-sports athletes were chosen “based on their performance during the national team combine last August 29 to 31.” They were reportedly chosen from a training pool of 77 athletes.

“The athletes of Sibol are not just pioneers, they are our country’s pride,” Alfredo Panlilio, Smart Communications president expressed. Their company is one of Sibol’s sponsors, a report said.

The Filipino e-sports athletes will compete in various team-based games namely Dota 2, Arena of Valor, and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang. Seven athletes will be fielded for each of the team-based games while two-member teams will compete in the Star Craft 2, Hearthstone, and Tekken 7.

The team that will participate in the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang includes Kenneth Jiane ‘Kenji’ Villa, Karl Gabriel ‘KarlTzy’ Nepomuceno, Carlito ‘Ribo’ Ribo, Jeniel ‘Haze’ Bata-anon, Angelo Kyle ‘Pheww’ Arcangel, Allan Sancio ‘Lusty’ Castromayor, and  Jason Rafael ‘Jay’ Torculas.

Image by Sibol via Facebook

The squad that will suit for Dota 2 consists of Mc Nicholson ‘Mc’ Villanueva, John Anthony ‘Natsumi’ Vargas, Jun ‘Bok’ Kanehara, Bryle Jacob ‘CML’ Alvizo, Marvin Salvador ‘Boomy’ Rushton, Van Jerico ‘Van’ Manalaysay, and James Erice ‘Erice’ Guerra.

The group of  Kevin Kio ‘Gambit’ Dizon, Jeremiah ‘1717’ Camarillo, Jevan Lorenzo ‘Bents’ Delos Santos, Lawrence Anthony ‘Rubixx’ Gatmaitan, Bradie Ryan ‘Yats’ Velasquez, Miguel Klarenz ‘Miggie’ Banaag, and Kyle Jepherson ‘Vindiicated’ Padlan will don the national colors in the Arena of Valor games.

The duo of Justin ‘NuksPH’ Santos and Caviar ‘Enderr’ Acampado will play in the StarCraft II game while the team of Dustin ‘WaningMoon’ Mangulabnan and Jacinta ‘Jia’ Dee will compete in Hearthstone. Meanwhile, Andreij Hosea ‘Doujin’ Albar and Alexandre Gabrielle ‘AK’ Laverez will represent the country in the Tekken 7.

Goodluck, Team PH!