As we’ve been diving deep into Olympic coverage, we can’t forget to also give some shine to our Filipino brothers and sisters. Just like many Latin American countries, Philippines athletes qualify for summer sports more often than they do for winter ones. And because they don’t always have the largest delegations, they may be easily overlooked.

Our lechón-loving primos count boxing as one of their best Olympic events. (Though, we could have told you that even if we hadn’t looked at stats.) Since 1924, the Philippines has won nine olympic medals. As they get ready for the games in Rio, one of this year’s 13 athletes will look to become the first gold medal winner for Team P.I. Meet them below:


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1

Miguel Tabuena - Golf Men's Individual

2

Ian Lariba - Table Tennis

3

Eric Shauwn Cray - Men's 400m Hurdle

4

Marestella Sunang - Women's Long Jump

5

Jasmine Alkhadi - Women's 100m Freestyle

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6

Jessie Lacuna - Men's 400m Freestyle

7

Kirstie Alora - Taekwondo

8

Rogen Ladon - Boxing

9

Charly Suarez - Boxing

10

Nestor Colonia - Weightlifting

11

Hidilyn Diaz - Weightlifiting

12

Mary Joy Tabal - Women's Marathon

13

Kodo Nakano - Judo