23rd SOUTHEAST ASIAN GAMES (SEAGAMES)
The 23rd SEAGAMES adopted the Philippine Eagle as its mascot. Named "Gilas", the Philippine eagle is one of the world's largest eagles, distinct for the majestic plumage on the top of its head. It is a symbol of strength and pride. As the 23rd SEA Games mascot, it aptly captures the winning spirit of all the participating athletes.
The Southeast Asian Games is the largest and most significant multi-sport event in the region and is held every two years to enable athletes to meet in friendly competition as well as to foster goodwill, friendship and solidarity, in alignment with the aims and aspirations of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).