City Government gives Heroes’ welcome to Zamboagueño Asian Games medalists Print
Tuesday, 11 September 2018 18:12

by KIMBERLY L. YUSAY and R.G ANTONET A. GO

The City Government of Zamboanga, spearheaded by Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, welcomed Weightlifting Gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz, Pencak Silat Bronze medalist Jefferson Rhey Loon and Boxing Middleweight Bronze medalist Eumir Felix Marcial in a fitting ceremony held at City Hall yesterday noon.

The Zamboagueño athletes excelled in the 18th Asian Games held in the Jakarta and Palembang in Indonesia from August 18 to September 2, 2018.

Mayor Beng personally handed them cash rewards for bringing honor and prestige to Zamboanga City. Hidilyn Diaz received P300,000 while Jeferson Loon and Eumir Felix Marcial received P100,000 each.

“We are very proud of our Zamboagueño athletes led by Hidilyn Diaz for bringing honor and prestige to our beloved city. For our part, it is just but fitting to honor these Asian Games medalists and also their coaches with a heroes’ welcome,” Mayor Beng told reporters in an interview.

She added that Diaz, Loon, and Marcial will be an inspiration to all local athletes to perform and excel in their respective sports.

Earlier, the City Council  conferred a Resolution of Commendation to the athletes while the city government also gave Certificate of Recognition.

A long motorcade was also held from the Zamboanga International Airport to the City Hall prior to the ceremony.

"Masaya ako kasi dito ako pinanganak sa (I’m happy that I was born in) Zamboanga City. Proud ako Zamboangueño ako (I’m proud to be a Zamboagueño) and I'm so thankful to everyone," Diaz stressed.

In her message, the Olympian enjoined the youth to get into sports as this will give them scholarship, work, a chance to represent the country, and it will also build one’s character.

The students of Pasonanca National High School (PNHS) presented a dance performance for the event, while the Zamboanga City High School (ZCHS) Main's Rezam Lancer provided drum and bugle.

The special events team in collaboration with the City Sports Division is the one in charge for the heroes’ welcome. (Kimberly L.  Yusay and R.G. A A. Go)