The Philippines has 15 competitors this time around, which seemed a shockingly small number until I realized it's only one less than the delegation to Athens in 2004. They'll be competing in 17 events across 8 sports.
- Mark Javier (Archery - Men's individual)
- Henry Dagmil (Athletics - Men's long jump)
- Marestella Torres (Athletics - Women's long jump)
- Harry Tañamor (Boxing - Light flyweight)
- Rexel Ryan Fabriga (Diving - Men's 10m platform)
- Sheila Mae Perez (Diving - Women's 3m springboard)
- Eric Ang (Shooting - Trap)
- Miguel Molina (Swimming - Men's 200m individual; 200m breaststroke)
- James Walsh (Swimming - Men's 200m butterfly)
- Ryan Arabejo (Swimming - Men's 1500m freestyle)
- Daniel Coakley (Swimming - Men's 50m freestyle)
- Christel Simms (Swimming - Women's 50m freestyle; 100m freestyle)
- Tshomlee Go (Taekwondo - Men's 58 kg class)
- Mary Antoinette Rivero (Taekwondo - Women's 67kg class)
- Hidilyn Diaz (Weightlifting - Women's 58kg class)
Our Manny Pacquiao will be carrying the flag in the opening ceremonies, though not competing in any event.
The Inquirer had a nice article briefly profiling the athletes individually, summing up their past performances and achievements. They also give a quick forecast on each one's medal chances, saying that 11 of them have "almost zero chance" of winning a medal in Beijing. Pretty demoralizing, though brutally honest. They gave Eric Ang (Shooting) and Tshomlee Go (Taekwondo) some hopes of winning a medal, and Harry Tañamor (Boxing) and Mary Antoinette Rivero (Taekwondo) good chances of winning a medal.
There are a total of around 10,500 athletes competing in 302 events in Beijing. That adds up to about 1 medal for every 12 competitors. The Philippines has never won a gold medal. If Team Philippines could get just one person to win a medal-- any medal, anything to get this country on the medal scoreboard for the first time in 12 years-- that certainly would be an achievement to be proud of.