Other top earners include gymnast Aleah Finnegan, cue artist Rubilen Amit, and triathlete Kim Mangrobang as the Philippines bags a total of 52 golds in the SEA Games.
MANILA, Philippines – Carlos Yulo will get roughly P1.7 million in financial incentives following his outstanding performance at the Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam, where he was named the Philippines’ most bemedaled athlete.
The great gymnast won gold in the all-around, vault, floor exercise, horizontal bar, and still rings to become the most decorated Filipino for the second consecutive SEA Games.
Individual gold medalists at the SEA Games would get P300,000 per Republic Act 10699, while silver and bronze medalists will receive P100,000 and P60,000, respectively.
Yulo will receive P1.5 million for his gold medals alone.
He will receive a total of P1,687,500, including P150,000 for his silver medal on the parallel bars and P37,500 for his silver medal in the team all-around, which he earned alongside five other Filipino gymnasts.
According to the legislation, for teams of at least five members, each athlete will get 25% of the financial incentives for individual medal winners.
Aleah Finnegan, another Filipino gymnast who established a name for herself in Vietnam, is expected to get P675,000 for winning two golds and two silvers in her SEA Games debut.
The Filipina-American nailed golds in team all-around and vault to go with silvers in individual all-around and balance beam.
Other big winners include cue artist Rubilen Amit and triathlete Kim Mangrobang, who will both pocket P600,000 for winning two golds apiece.
Amit ruled the women’s nine-ball and 10-ball events, while Mangrobang swept the golds in women’s triathlon and duathlon.
Joining Amit in the top earner’s list are her fellow pool stars Carlo Biado and Johann Chua, who will get P450,000 each.
Biado grabbed gold in the men’s 10-ball and silver in the nine-ball, while Chua captured gold in the men’s nine-ball and silver in the 10-ball after they two faced each other in the finals of both events.
Dancesport and real-life partners Sean Aranar and Ana Nualla will also bag P450,000 each for delivering three golds as teams with less than five members will divide the cash incentives for individual medalists equally.
The engaged couple defended their crowns in Viennese waltz, tango, and five dances.
Ending the Philippines’ decades-long gold drought in women’s swimming, Chloe Isleta will receive P487,500 for winning a gold and a pair of silvers.
Isleta topped the 200m backstroke and secured runner-up finishes in 100m backstroke and 4x100m medley relay.
Additional cash incentives await pole vaulter EJ Obiena and weightlifter Vanessa Sarno on top of the P300,000 they will earn for their golds as they both set new SEA Games records.
Obiena broke his previous SEA Games mark by a centimeter with a clearance of 5.46m.
Sarno, meanwhile, shattered all three SEA Games records in the women’s 71kg after lifting 104kg in snatch and 135kg in clean and jerk for a total of 239kg.
Except for its SEA Games hosting in 2005 and 2019, the Philippines breached the 50-gold plateau for the first time since 1993 with 52 golds to go with 70 silvers and 104 bronzes to finish fourth overall.