Diaz: Silver medal proves the Zamboangueños can! PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 13 August 2016 12:06

Facing an ecstatic crowd of Zamboangueños, who eagerly awaited for her arrival at City Hall, Hidilyn Diaz was in high spirit as sherasised her silver medal from Rio Olympics and declared: the Zamboangueño can [win]  in the Olympics and in life.

“Este dimiyo silver medal, simbolo este na kita maga Zamboangueño, kita maga Filipino, kaya kita gana na Olympics, kaya kita gana na vida,” Diaz declared.

Diaz also expressed her gratitude for the support and prayers of all Zamboangueños for her and Nestor Colonia’s journey from their humble beginnings to their victory in the Rio Olympics.

“Ta rendi yo gracias na de ustedes maga reso, de ustedes suporta. Ta cre gad ustedes canamon maga weightlifter de Zamboanga,” she added.

Diaz, who hails from barangay Mampang, is the fifth of six children of Eduardo and Emelita Diaz.

Seeing her cousins lifting weights sparked her interest in weightlifting as a child, and as young athlete, began her foray to the sport with a donated barbell.

Before her return to Zamboanga City, Diaz met President Rodrigo Duterte in a courtesy call in Davao City. The President gave Diaz an added P 2 million bonus on top of the P 5 million incentive provided by the Philippine Sports Commission.

In addition, the local government also gives Diaz a P 500,000.00 incentive.

Diaz’s win was a historic one – she is the first Filipina and Mindanaoan to have won an Olympic medal. She also broke the country’s 20-year medal drought at the prestigious games.

Before leaving the stage, Diaz gave Zamboangueños her final words of inspiration – a statement which encapsulated her own journey to greatness.

“Man struggle kita, oo. But never give up,” she said. — Jasmine Mohammadsali