The 30th SEA Games host, Philippines, dominated the biennial games by garnering a total of 149 gold medals, 117 silver medals, and 121 bronze medals for a grand total of 387 medals.
Arnis team was the number one contributor of gold medals with a total of 14.
Hidilyn Diaz added her first SEA Games gold medal to her collection of Olympic silver medal and Asian Games gold medal.
This was the first major decentralization in the history of the Games, with competition venues spread in 23 cities across the country and divided into several clusters. Games were held in Metro Manila, Clark, Subic/Olongapo, Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, and La Union.
This was the fourth time that the Philippines hosted this game after 2005, 1991, and 1981.
The official motto of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games is “We Win as One” which is also its theme.
The games’ mascot is dubbed as Pami derived from the Filipino word “pamilya”.
Under Republic Act (RA) 10699 or the National Athletes and Coaches Benefits and Incentives Act, athletes will receive P300,000 each for gold, P150,000 each for silver, and P60,000 each for bronze.
The President promised to give out additional incentives of P250,000 for gold, P150,000 for silver and P100,000 for bronze medalists.
The Philippine Olympic Committee also committed additional P300,000 for gold medals won.
The closing ceremony was held last 11 December 2019 at the New Clark City Athletics Stadium, in New Clark City, Capas, Tarlac with Roger Casogay as the flag bearer.
Roger Casogay saved the Indonesian competitor Arip Nurhidayat from the giant waves at Monaliza Point in San Juan, La Union.