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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Hidilyn gets hero’s welcome in Zambo City

By Dominic I. Sanchez

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Hidilyn Diaz received a hero’s welcome Friday (August 12) in her hometown, and was greeted by thousands of residents and new fans in this city.

Diaz arrived at around 2 in the afternoon and was received by local officials headed by Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar. Upon arriving at the Zamboanga airport, a motorcade brought her to the City Hall. Residents caught a glimpse of the 25-year-old Olympic silver medalist who took pictures and selfies with her.

Mayor Climaco-Salazar expressed her pride with the win of Diaz, who, in 20 years became the first Filipino to take home a medal in the Olympics.

The City Hall siren was blasted, and confetti was showered to honor Diaz, a native of barangay Mampang.

During a short program, Diaz shared her struggles as an athlete, from her humble beginnings when she begun weightlifting.

Diaz was accompanied by fellow Zamboangueño Olympian Nestor Colonia and  coach Alfonsito Aldanete.

Diaz won the silver on August 8 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which coincided with her mother’s birthday. She is set to receive at least Php7-million from the government, as well as scholarships and other rewards.