PLDT, Smart, MVPSF support PHL athletes

PLDT Inc. its wireless unit Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), and the MVP Sports Foundation, Inc. (MVPSF) are supporting the Filipino athletes representing the Philippines in the 31st Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam.

PLDT and Smart President and CEO Alfredo Panlilio said the athletes’ skills and unyielding spirit will take them far in the competition.

“From our successful run during the Tokyo Olympics and in the SEA Games in 2019, we have high hopes for our talented delegation as they proudly wear our country’s colors,” Panlilio said. “We are proud to have been part of their journey, and we are excited to see the fruits of their hard work. Laban Pilipinas, puso!”

Panlilio is also the President of MVPSF and the First Vice President of the Philippine Olympic Committee.

From basketball to badminton to gymnastics to weightlifting to esports and many others, the MVP group has long been empowering 17 national sports associations, backing hundreds of athletes, and contributing to nation-building through sports development.

The MVPSF is building several sports centers to help the training of Filipino athletes, starting with gymnastics, badminton, and boxing.

The country’s largest fully integrated telco company, PLDT has also partnered with the Philippine National Volleyball Federation to help in the development of the sport in the Philippines.

Smart, together with the Philippine Esports Organization, has been a key figure in the development of SIBOL, the country’s national esports team.

PLDT and Smart have also been huge supporters of Gilas Pilipinas, Caloy Yulo, Olympic gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz, and several other Filipino athletes who are vying for medals in the SEA Games and other international competitions.

Filipino fans can also watch and cheer for Filipino athletes in the upcoming SEA Games live via GigaPlay, free of streaming charges until May 23 at They can also download the app via Google Play Store or Apple App Store. GigaPlay is powered by Smart, the country’s fastest 5G mobile network, as reported by Ookla, the global leader in mobile and broadband intelligence.