AMID the glitches and controversies early on, the 30th Southeast Asian Games will go down in history as one of the best sporting shows in the region.
Feel-good stories from about every event – 530 in all – in the 56-sports biennial meet were enthusiastically told and re-told by every sports fan, including the heroism of surfer Roger Casugay, the historic win of the men’s volleyball team over powerhouse Thailand in the semifinals, and the breakthrough victory of the national team in women’s basketball.
The playing venues that served as silent witnesses to 11 exciting days of athleticism and bravery from more than 5,000 athletes were another great source of pride for millions of sports-loving Filipinos.
One of them was the enchanting Miguel Romero Polo Field in Calatagan, Batangas. Brunei will not forget this polo field; it’s where it achieved its biggest sporting triumph so far after ruling polo’s 0-2 goals division at the expense of Malaysia.
Apart from winning the gold medal, Brunei royalties, including Prince Jefri Bolkiah and son Prince Bahar, Princess Azemah and Prince Mateen – children of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah – were all charmed by the world-class playing facility.
They, including Indonesia and Malaysian officials, were one in saying the Miguel Romero Field will be hard to top in any future SEA Games since it has almost everything.