Bridge, which makes its debut as a medal event in the 2011 Southeast Asian Games, gave the Philippines its first gold medal in day 4 of competition.
The men’s butler pair of Gerry Alquiros and George Soo won gold against 17 other competitors.
The women’s team of Gemma Tan, Viksi Egan, Rose Unson, and Mylene Encontro lost to Thailand in the semifinal to settle for the bronze medal.
The 13-person Philippine bridge contingent is composed by a motley mix of professionals, lawyers, executives, and academicians, with players ranging from their 20s to their 70s. National Statistical Coordination Board secretary general Romulo Virola is part of the team.