By Marjoe Toquillo

Philippine dance couples swayed their ways to a marvelous start as they amassed one gold, three silver, and two bronze medals at the inception of the 31st Southeast Asian Games’ dancesports events inside the Nha Thi Dau Long Bien Hall in Vietnam on Sunday.

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Stephanie Sabalo and Michael Angelo Marquez swayed their bests, enough to clutch the gold medal in the Cha-Cha-Cha event with a total score of 33.200.

The Cha-Cha-Cha podium was completed by Thailand who took silver and Vietnam who had the bronze.

The Sabalo-Marquez duo also copped the silver medals in Jive and All Five Dances events which were dominated by the host country.

Wilbert Aunzo and Pearl Marie Cañeda, meanwhile, yielded their 2019 SEAG thrones in Samba and Rumba to host Vietnam, but managed to settle for silver and bronze in their respective categories.

Aunzo and Cañeda also bagged one bronze in the Pasodoble event, completing their country’s haul of six medals on the first day.

In the dancesports event of the 2019 SEAG, the Philippine couples accumulated 12 medals overall, 10 of which were gold plums.

The two-day dancesports event continues on Monday as the duo, Sean Aranar and Ana Nualla and the pairing of Mark Jayson Gayon and Mary Joy Renigen aim to cap the Philippine team’s standings with a commendable finish.