Diaz gets congress medal, P1.5 million cash reward PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 26 August 2016 11:48

Zamboangeña Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz was conferred by House Speaker Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez the Congressional Medal of Distinction last August 24,2016.

In addition to receiving the award she also received a monetary reward of 1.5 million from the congresspersons.

Before the awarding ceremonies, Congressman Celso Lobregat delivered a privilege speech welcoming, congratulating and extolling Hidilyn Diaz.

In his speech, Lobregat said “And finally after 20 long years, a Filipina, a Mindanaoan and Zamboangueña, weighing only 53kg(117lbs) measuring less than 5 feet, 1.49 meters or 4 ft. 10 1/2 inches wins a silver medal in the 2016 Olympics.

“Hidilyn, you have proven to all the Filipinos especially the youth that with hardwork, determination, perseverance and true gift no dreamer is too small and no dream is too big to be realized.”

“Hidilyn you make us proud and you stand tall, the tallest among all Filipinas for you are the first and only Filipina to achieve this feat, a medal, a silver medal at that in the Olympics”.

Lobregat further said, “Hidilyn today is your day at the House of Representatives. You will be receiving the Congressional Medal of Distinction and a House Resolution congratulating and commending you, and as we celebrate your victory and show our gratitude, the House Leadership and the Members of this House will later be presenting you a substantial monetary award as a sign of appreciation and recognition of your outstanding performance in the Olympics and for your unceasing dedication for the sport.”

Lobregat thanked Speaker Alvarez, Majority Leader Rudy Fariñas, Minority Leader Danny Suarez and the members of the House of Representatives for the monetary award which was achieved thru the personal, voluntary and generous contributions of congresspersons thru agreed salary deduction.

Lobregat ended his speech by saying” Enhorabuena, gracias, Adelante Zamboanga. Go for the Gold in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. – Dexter Yap