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The 28th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) officially opened on 5 June in Singapore. Singapore alone boasts of 950 athletes. A total of 7,000 athletes and officials from the 11 participating nations are currently participating in the games, which ends on 16 June. This year’s games feature 36 sports, tallying a massive 402 matches being contested in the 12-day biennial sporting event. To ensure the success of the games, a reported number of 17,000 volunteers have been deployed to perform various roles for SEA Games 2015.

Filipino Dragons (Singapore) or FDS, a registered society in Singapore, is proud to share that a number of its members and past captains will be involved in SEA Games 2015, with its Founding Team Captain, Lino Arboleda Jr., headlining a National Technical Official (NTO) role under the Asian Athletics Association.

Former FDS President & Team Captain Eugene Azucena and former Team Captain Jasper Quevada currently assume roles as NTOs representing the Singapore Dragon Boat Association in the Traditional Boat Race or popularly known as Dragon Boat.

Azucena, a member of the Singapore Dragon Boat Association’s management committee, is part of the Judging Team while Quevada is with the Race Secretariat team, carrying an important role of handling the race progression.

“I am very proud of how the team has evolved over the last six years, and this massive participation of FDS members in the coming SEA Games 2015 show how much passion they have for dragon boat, or any sport for that matter,” said Arboleda.

“It is very rewarding to be able to participate and to be entrusted with important roles in the SEAG, especially for us who came from a team that started with humble beginnings.”

Other NTOs for Traditional Boat Race are Gabo Gavino and Christian Abulencia. Gavino is one of the founding members of FDS, and is one of the Timekeepers under the Judging Team. Abulencia, a veteran paddler and the team’s former VP for Externals Committee, assumes a role under Race Secretariat.

Other FDS members supporting the games as Event Service Marshals/Volunteers are: Polai Bayas(Traditional Boat Race, Sailing, Cycling); Wong Mei San (Basketball, Netball, Fencing, Billiards, Snooker); and Mark Vallarta (Swimming, Water Polo).

FDS President and former Women’s Captain, Maria Michelle ‘Mickee’ Nadal Balagot said: “I am very much delighted and ever proud to know that a number of our members will play a vital role in the SEAG. It is a rare occasion and a great environment to experience something different and exciting other than our usual jobs or even our weekly trainings.”