08 August 2016

PCO Sec. Martin Andanar on Hidilyn Diaz wins silver medal in Rio Olympics
On behalf of a proud nation, we congratulate Hidilyn Diaz for winning the Philippines’ first medal in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The inspiring story of Diaz is the story of Filipinos. Bespectacled and standing at 5’2”, Hidilyn, who hails from Zamboanga City, took up weightlifting from a relative who taught her the sports. Hers is about overcoming shyness but for an inspired nation, her road to Rio is a journey of grit, patience and determination which ended a 20-year long medal drought for the Philippines. Congratulations, Hidilyn, our first Olympic medalist from Mindanao. Mabuhay ka at ipagmamalaki ka naming lahat!