27 Filipino esports athletes to compete in SEA Games


Posted at Sep 16 2019 09:32 PM | Updated as of Nov 26 2019 10:03 AM

27 Filipino esports athletes to compete in SEA Games 1
The Philippine team captains competing in all 6 titles featured in the e-sports event of the 30th Southeast Asian Games - Dota 2, StarCraft II, Hearthstone, Arena of Valor, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, and Tekken 7. [L-R:] Alexandre Laverez, Kevin Kio Dizon, Angelo Kyle Arcangel, Marvin Salvador Rushton,  Jacinta Dee and Caviar Acampado. Handout photo

MANILA - The Philippines will send 27 e-sports athletes to compete in the upcoming 30th Southeast Asian Games to be held in the country later this year. 

Dubbed as Sibol, the members of the Philippine e-sports team were chosen from a training pool of 77 athletes. 

Sibol will field squads of 7 athletes for each of the team-based games: Dota2, Arena of Valor, and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang; while 2 members each will make up the rest of the games: StarCraft 2, Hearthstone, and Tekken 7. 

The 27 athletes who will represent the Philippines are:

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 

  • Kenneth Jiane 'Kenji' Villa, 
  • Karl Gabriel 'KarlTzy' Nepomuceno 
  • Carlito 'Ribo' Ribo 
  • Jeniel 'Haze' Bata-anon 
  • Angelo Kyle 'Pheww' Arcangel 
  • Allan Sancio 'Lusty' Castromayor 
  • Jason Rafael 'Jay' Torculas

Dota 2 

  • Mc Nicholson 'Mc' Villanueva
  • John Anthony 'Natsumi' Vargas
  • Jun 'Bok' Kanehara 
  • Marvin Salvador 'Boomy' Rushton 
  • Bryle Jacob 'CML' Alvizo
  • Van Jerico 'Van' Manalaysay 
  • James Erice 'Erice' Guerra

Arena of Valor 

  • Kevin Kio 'Gambit' Dizon 
  • Jeremiah '1717' Camarillo
  • Jevan Lorenzo 'Bents' Delos Santos
  • Lawrence Anthony 'Rubixx' Gatmaitan
  • Miguel Klarenz 'Miggie' Banaag
  • Bradie Ryan 'Yats' Velasquez 
  • Kyle Jepherson 'Vindiicated' Padlan

StarCraft II

  • Justin 'NuksPH' Santos 
  • Caviar 'Enderr' Acampado


  • Dustin 'WaningMoon' Mangulabnan 
  • Jacinta 'Jia' Dee

Tekken 7 

  • Andreij Hosea 'Doujin' Albar 
  • Alexandre Gabrielle 'AK' Laverez

“The athletes of Sibol are not just pioneers, they are our country’s pride," said Smart Communications president Alfredo Panlilio, whose company is one of Sibol's sponsors. 

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