Cebuana Lhuillier Sports athletes showed their true mettle against their foreign counterparts after winning a combined number of two gold, three silver, and six bronze medals in softball, tennis, and swimming in the recent 30th Southeast Asian Games.
“The impressive wins of our athletes is a testament to the grit and talent of the Filipino people. Their world-class performance deserves our patronage and support. I am very proud to be part of their journey and I call on others to rally behind them to bring honor and pride to our country,” said Cebuana Lhuillier president Jean Henri Lhuillier, who also sits as president of Amateur Softball Association of the Philippines and Unified Tennis Philippines.
Lhuillier has been a moving force behind the now 10-peat SEAG softball champion, the PH Blu Girls, as well as, their male counterparts and the equally talented RP Blu Boys who ended the games with a silver podium finish at The Villages in Clark, Pampanga.
“Salamat po sa walang sawang pagsuporta po na ibinigay ninyo sa amin kasi kung wala po kayo, hindi po kami magkakaroon ng pagkakataon na ipakita ang aming talento at mag-uwi ng karangalan sa bayan,” said Blu Girls’ pitcher Mary Ann Antolihao. This is the first SEAG tournament for the two-time University Athletic Association of the Philippines Best Pitcher Antolihao.
Aside from softball, Lhuillier is also a known patron of tennis. As president of Unified Tennis Philippines, Lhuillier provides international exposure to US-based Filipino top seeds Treat Huey and Ruben Gonzales and homegrown talents Jeson Patrombon and Francis Casey “Niño” Alcantara, who recently gave the country an all-Filipino finals at the SEA Games’ men’s doubles event with the tandem of Patrombon and Alcantara finishing off with a gold medal and a silver medal finish for the Huey and Gonzales duo at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Malate, Manila.
“Sir Jean’s done such a great job supporting Ruben and I. We couldn’t have achieved so many of the things we have done without his support. He has done so much for Philippine tennis. In fact, we have progressed as players because of him and we are thankful to him and Cebuana Lhuillier for that,” said world-ranked tennis player Huey.
Lhuillier is also a staunch supporter of two-time Olympian swimmer Jasmine Alkhaldi, who raked in six bronze medals and two silver medals in the SEA Games’ various team and individual swimming events at the New Clark City Aquatics Stadium in Capas, Tarlac.
“To Cebuana and most especially to Sir Jean Lhuillier, thank you so much for all the support. I wouldn’t be here without your help and I will try my best each and every day to make you guys proud,” said Alkhaldi.
Cebuana Lhuillier athletes and coaching staff were given cash incentives as a reward for their hard work and valuable contribution to the country and the Philippine sports.
Lhuillier, through Cebuana Lhuillier Sports, will continue his sports advocacy by sustaining programs that support the national teams of softball and tennis and developing grassroots programs by continuously discovering and training fresh local talents all over the country.