FilAm Medalists Top Cash Bonanza Awards for Southeast Asian Games Athletes

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FILAM Trenten Anthony Beram of New York carry the Philippine flag after winning the gold in the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur. With 3 medals, he got the biggest cash bonanza  of P615,000 from President Duterte. Other  Filams also received cash awards.
By CLAIRE MORALES TRUE and JO ERLINDA MAUFIT GABOT

MANILA (PhilAmPress) – In keeping with the country’s sports incentives law, winners in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games received cash bonanza of P16 million.

President Rodrigo Duterte handed over the incentives in a Malacanang ceremony despite one of the worst showing of the Philippine delegation to the sports meet.

Filipino American Trenten Anthony Beram, 21, of New York who is a University of Connecticut mathematics major whose mother hails from Cebu, got the biggest prize of P615,000 for harvesting two gold medals in the men’s 200 and 400 meters run and a bronze in the 4×100 meter relay.

Another Filipino American, gymnast Kailin de Guzman, 17, of Rowlett, Texas and a member of the University of Oklahoma team, the winningest woman athlete in the games with a gold, silver and bronze in gymnasts, received P510,000.

A third Filipino American,  track star Eric Shawn Cray, 28, went home with P465,000. Cray who was born in Olongapo City, before moving to Sacramento, California with his parents,  won gold in the 400 meters hurdles and silver in 100 meters sprint.

Cray studied at the James Madison High School in San Antonio, Texas,  has a degree in Education from Bethune-Cookman University and  a master’s degree in Human Relations at the University of Oklahoma.

Other FilAms who romped away with cash incentives are fencing gold medalist Louie Wayne Brennan of California,  swimmer silver and bronze medalist James Deiparine of Seattle, Washington but graduated from the California Polytechnic State University, golf bronze medalist Lois Kaye Go, 18,  who studies at Boston College, BMX cycling bronze medalist Daniel Caluag and swimmer Nicole Justine Marie Oliva.

With an individual gold and a team silver in equestrian, Colin Syquia got P337,500. With two silvers, swimmer James Deiparine, another FilAm, got P300,000.

Based on Republic Act 10699 or the National Athletes and Coaches Benefits and Incentives Act, SEA Games gold medalists are entitled to P300,000, silver P150,000 and bronze P60,000.

For teams with four  or less members, such as Beram and Cray’s relay squad in track, the money will be split evenly for each individual.

For teams with five or more participants, such as the men’s basketball side, each player will receive 25% of the individual cash incentive. The Philippine basketball team won the gold medal in the event.

The Philippines grabbed 24 gold, 33 silver and 64 bronze medals in the 2017 Games held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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