The long wait is finally over as the 30th Southeast Asian Games, also known as SEA Games 2019 is now happening with the Philippines as its host country.
The opening ceremonies took place last Saturday, November 30, at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. The competition will run from November 30 to December 11, 2019.
As the country officially welcomes all the athletes from all the participating ASEAN countries this year, a lot of people are also on the lookout for some good-looking athletes as they play in this biennial multi-sport event.
Worry no more as PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) already provides us the list of some of the most handsome athletes to watch out in this year’s SEA Games.
PRINCE ABDUL MATEEN – BRUNEI
We have a real-life prince from Brunei who will play for his country’s national polo team. Prince Abdul Mateen Bolkiah is the sixth in line to the Brunei throne and a member of the sultanate’s polo club. He is the tenth child and fourth son of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah with his former second wife, Mariam Aziz.
The 28-year-old prince was even named on the internet as “Asia’s most eligible blue-blood bachelors.” Prince Abdul Mateen loves spending his time at the beach, playing football, skiing, skydiving, motorcycling, and boxing.
IKSHAN FANDI – SINGAPORE
20-year-old Singapore’s national football team Ikshan Fandi is widely known in his country as the best forward of his generation. As a matter of fact, Ikshan is the first Singaporean to play in the European league in over 30 years, after signing a two-year contract with Norwegian First Division club Raufoss IL.
He is the second eldest son of South African model Wendy Jacobs and Singapore’s football legend Fandi Ahmad.
Checking his Instagram account, this young heartthrob already has over 75,000 followers and is currently one of the most-followed athletes in the SEA Games this year.
EVAN SPARGO – PHILIPPINES
30-year-old Evan Spargo is part of the country’s national rugby union team, Philippine Volcanoes. He was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, but in 2013, Evan partly moved to Manila to connect to his roots.
Aside from playing for the Philippines rugby team, he also works as a transformative life coach, fitness coach, motivational speaker, and events host.
Evan is also the president of the Techno Global Team, which allows “Australian SMB market to have access to Professional Service staff in the Philippines.”
PHAM HONG NAM – VIETNAM
Pham Hong Nam from Vietnam will be competing at the Badminton Doubles Event of SEA Games 2019. This 23-year-old badminton athlete loves to travel locally and abroad, he had been to the U.S. and Australia and right now in our country.
SURLIYADIN SURLIYADIN – INDONESIA
29-year-old Indonesian athlete Surliyadin Surliyadin is a professional basketball player who plays small forward for the Prawira Bandung. For this year, he will take part in the 3×3 Basketball competition of SEA Games 2019.
JOSEPH SCHOOLING – SINGAPORE
24-year-old Singaporean swimmer Joseph Schooling will participate in SAG’s six swimming events, such as 100M Freestyle, 50M Butterfly, 100M Butterfly, 4X100M Freestyle Relay, 4X200M Freestyle Relay, and 4X100M Medley Relay.
In 2016, Joseph Schooling made headlines when he beat the American legendary Michael Phelps at the 100M butterfly competition in the Olympics. But what makes his victory even more special is because it is their first-ever Olympic gold medal.
ALJON SALONGA – PHILIPPINES
5-foot-9 national water polo player Aljon Salong is also into modeling and has appeared in several TV commercials. He finished his bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and Design at the University of Sto. Tomas.
He won two bronze medals and three silver medals at the UAAP swimming championships in his college years.
AFIF SHARIEF – PHILIPPINES
27-year-old martial artist Afif Sharief will represent the Philippines at the Karatedo events of this year’s SEA Games.
During the 2019 South East Asian Championship in Bangkok, Thailand, Afif won a bronze medal and a gold medal at the Turkish Open Grand Prix Championship in Istanbul, Turkey.
If his face seems familiar to you, it is because Afif Sharief is an actor in our country who goes by the name Xyrus Cruz. He has appeared in several Kapuso series, including Pari’ Koy (2015), Someone To Watch Over Me (2016), and Sherlock Jr. (2018).
LR LANCERO – PHILIPPINES
24-year-old athlete LR Lancero plays forward for the Philippines’ national ice hockey team. LR and his national teammates won the first-ever gold medal at the SEA Games’s inaugural ice hockey tournament in 2017.
Aside from ice hockey, he also plays triathlon, autocross challenges, and skateboarding.
MARVIN JOHN NOBEL – PHILIPPINES
Marvin John Nobel is an English-Filipino athlete who will compete in the light heavyweight boxing division. This is the second time he is representing the country at the SEA Games. He won the gold medal during the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
NADEO ARGAWINATA – INDONESIA
Indonesian football player Nadeo Argawinata is another handsome player in the field to watch out for. He currently plays as a goalkeeper for the top professional division in Indonesia’s football league system, Borneo Football Club in Liga 1.
You can see on his Instagram account that when he is not playing football, the 22-year-old athlete loves to explore new places and going to the gym.
CHRISTIAN WILLIAM REDDEN – SINGAPORE
Another ice hockey player who can capture many hearts is Christian William Redden. He plays as a forward for Singapore’s national ice hockey team.
Checking some info on his Instagram account, it shows that he grew up in the U.S. before he went back to Singapore, where he pursued ice hockey professionally.
TEDDY THEO ZI HAO – SINGAPORE
21-year-old athlete Teddy Theo Zi Hao is the team captain of the Singapore Men’s National Volleyball Team. The young athlete is a Mechanical Engineering student in one of the world’s top universities — the National University of Singapore (NUS).
LOH KEAN YEW – SINGAPORE
Loh Kean Yew, who is a member of the Singapore national badminton team, will take part in the singles and team events for this year’s SEA Games.
The Singaporean badminton player won two bronze medals for Singapore at the SEA Games 2015, one in the men’s singles and another in the team event. He also won a bronze medal at the SEA Games 2017 for the team events, which was held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
ADAM AKASYAH – MALAYSIA
19-year-old athlete Adam Akasyah is a Jiujitsu player for Malaysia. The young athlete got into Jiujitsu through the influence of his father. He is also into other combat sports like Aikido and Capoeira.