By Ricky Manliguis
MANILA—The Philippines got a boost in dancesport as it contributed five golds and one silver medal to the country’s medal haul at the start of the 30th Southeast Asian Games at the Royce Hotel in Clark, Pampanga Sunday.
Ana Manalo Nualla and Sean Mischa Aranar nabbed three gold medals, including the win in the Open Category as the host nation cemented its dominance early on in the event, which makes its SEAG return after 12 years.
Nualla and Aranar got a total of 151.35 points to win the Open title, while also nabbing the standard Tango (30.15 points) and Viennese Waltz categories (30.10 points).
Meanwhile, the pair of Mark Jayson Gayon and Mary Joy Renigen also made their presence felt with two golds in the Standard Single Waltz and Slow foxtrot while finishing second in the Standard quickstep category.
Seven more golds will be up for grabs in the Latin American category and men’s break dancing events which will happen in the afternoon.