Filipinos Flood Twitter with Cheers for Timor-Leste
As the third day of the 30th Southeast Asian Games comes to a close, the host country Philippines is still in the lead after sustaining its gold medal rush—this time in wushu and arnis.
The same cannot be said about Timor-Leste, which has yet to get a podium finish in any of the competitions. At least Laos already has five bronze medals to show; Timor-Leste, whose first SEA Games participation was in 2003, would be lucky to replicate its three-bronze campaign two years ago.
However, if there's something good that this woeful start has brought about, it's Filipinos showing the spirit of sportsmanship on social media.
Loving how our country is leading the SEA Games but looking at Timor-Leste without a single medal, man that hurts. The games not over yet you can still make your country proud athletes of Timor-Leste. #TimorLeste pic.twitter.com/Ad5g3sAGl9— Pëëjäÿ?????? (@peejthecat) December 3, 2019
Some local netizens are waving the (digital) Timor-Leste flag in support of their SEA rival's hunt for that elusive medal.
i really hope timor leste can get some medals. doesn't matter how many, may it be gold, silver, or bronze. i know how much effort they put into this event and at this rate, they really need something to boost up their morale. ???????????? https://t.co/Wura3vqbPq— cat daddy (@lancerpapi) December 2, 2019
FILIPINOS CHEER FOR TIMOR LESTE IN SEA GAMES 2019— Haima Cheir™ (@haimacheir) December 3, 2019
C'MON GUYS, LET'S CHEER FOR OUR ONE AND ONLY CHRISTIAN BRO IN SOUTHEAST ASIA, -or rather the whole Asia hahaha- TIMOR LESTE
ANG DI MAG CHEER WALANG UNLI RICE, SIGE KA.jk#TimorLeste#SeaGames2019#WeWinAsOne pic.twitter.com/I7DX1xNG06
to the organizers of #SEAGames2019 if #TimorLeste cant get even a single medal.. could we at least give them a special medal in honor to their hardwork, sportsmanship, dedication and everything. we believe that they deserve recognition too.— Lana Gretel (@sizzytweenie13) December 3, 2019
This story originally appeared on Spin.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.