By Bohol Island News Staff |09:41 AM November 27, 2019
Boholano athletes will be among those competing for the Philippines in the upcoming 30th Southeast Asian Games, which the country will be hosting from November 30 to December 11.
Among the top Boholano athletes expected to shine are Rian Marco Tirol and Emmanuel Comendador.
Tirol, who hails from Tagbilaran City, is a member of the Philippine Swimming Team.
He is the great grandson of the late Dr. Victoriano D. Tirol and grandson of the late educators Drs. Will and Cristeta Tirol.
Tirol, who is presently studying at the Ateneo de Manila University, is the second son of Drs. Ryan and Maricel (nee Adiong) Tirol.
Emmanuel Comendador. Photo: PIA
Sports enthuasiast Emmanuel Comendador will compete for the Philippine Duathlon Team.
Comendador finished 5th in the 2016 National Duathlon Championships.
He also competed in the 2016 Subic Bay NTT ASTC Triathlon Asian Cup and placed 11th but was the third Filipino to the top with John Chicano and Mark Hosana competing against a full roster of Asia’s elite triathletes.
In 2017, Comendador placed third in the 2017 Putrajaya ASTC Powerman Middle Distance Duathlon Asian Championships.
In 2018, he placed fourth at the Putrajaya ASTC Powerman Middle Distance Duathlon Asian Championships.
This year, he competed again in the 2019 Putrajaya ASTC Powerman Middle Distance Duathlon Asian Championships for Elite Men and dropped in finish ranking to 8th but was among the three Asians in the top.
Another Boholano athlete Miguel C. Relampagos is a member of the Philippine Ice Hockey Team.
Swiss-Filipino Diana Buhler (from Alicia) is competing for the Obstacle Sports Racing, 400m team relay.
Other athletes are Ronnie Malipay, from Barangay Kauswagan, Trinidad, for triple jump and Tagbilaran resident Anfernee Lopena for 100 meters and relay.
Some Boholanos have also been tapped as coaches and officials but the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) has yet to confirm.
The Philippines will have the biggest delegation at 1,868, broken down to 1,115 athletes and 753 coaches.
Aside from the Philippines, 10 other Southeast Asian countries are competing in 530 events across 56 sports.
Other countries competing are Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Brunei and Timor-Leste.