SUBIC -- Edmar Tacuel joined the national team only last summer, but moved like a seasoned athlete after winning the gold medal in the 30th Southeast Asian Games Pencak Silat artistic male tunggal on Monday at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center.
Tacuel, whose three-minute routine that was nothing short of spectacular, amassed 470 points to best Muhammad Rahman of Singapore and Indonesia's Dino Sulistianto in the sport that originated from the latter's home country.
Rahman (461) and Sulistianto (460) settled for silver and bronze mints, respectively.
"I am so happy I was able to add a gold to the country's medal haul," said Tacuel in Filipino.
Tacuel and the team had training camps in Singapore and Thailand, then joined the Singapore Open as part of their preparation for future events like the Southeast Asian Games.
Meanwhile, siblings Abad Alfau Jan and Almohaidib settled for silver in the ganda event.
The Filipinos wound up in a tie with the Malaysian duo of Hamid Mohn Taqiyuddin and Yuga Sazlan for first place with 564 points each.
The five-man jury decided to award the victory to Malaysia.
"It's good that we got the silver even though our scores we're tied. I know the gold was for us but the time proved costly for us," said Alfau.
Indonesia seized the bronze medal with 562 points.