MANILA—Athletes representing the Philippines in the 30th Southeast Asian Games donned the country's traditional garb and posed for pictures Saturday, hours before the official opening of the biennial regional competition in Bulacan.
With the flag's blue and red hues stitched in the collars of their barongs, the Filipino athletes were all smiles as they geared up for the Games' parade of teams at the Philippine Arena.
Members of the Philippine cycling team, clad in the Francis Libiran-designed barongs, did the "We Win as One" pose, the trademark gesture of these Games.
Skateboarder and 2018 Asian Games gold medalist Margielyn Didal snapped a selfie with other Philippine delegates before motoring to the Philippine Arena.
The country's esports players, who are gunning to score 6 gold medals, were also beaming with national pride as they wore their stylish uniforms.
Hundreds of Filipino athletes, along with other Southeast Asian players, are expected to take part in the Games opening parade that will mark the official start of the region's largest sports tournament.