competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics
. The country was represented by 15 athletes, who competed in 17 events across 8 sports.
The Philippine government and private sector pledged a combined sum of P
340,909) for any athlete competing in the games who would win the country its first gold medal. Though several national records were broken in swimming and weightlifting events, the country failed to win any medals for the third consecutive Olympiad.
Opening and closing ceremonies
On June 12, 2008, the Philippine Olympic Committee
(POC) revealed that its executive committee had selected swimmer Miguel Molina
to be flag bearer at the Opening Ceremony
of the Olympic Games. In their decision, the POC cited Molina's performance in the 2007 Southeast Asian Games
, where he won three individual gold medals and a team relay gold medal, set several national swimming records, and was selected as the meet's "Best Male Athlete". Molina was set to compete in the 200m breaststroke
and 200m individual medley
events at the games.
Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
later asked the POC to reconsider their decision, requesting instead that popular Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao
be given the honor of carrying the flag. Pacquiao was not a competitor at the games, but had recently won the World Boxing Council
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