The Tokyo Olympics that were supposed to be held in 2020, but instead got pushed to this year, finally came to an end in Sunday, August 8. In the wake of its conclusion is the epic medal haul of the Philippine Olympians, including the country’s first ever gold medal, from female weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz. The other three on the other hand came from arguably the best sport for Filipinos in winning Olympic medals: boxing. Silver medalists Nesthy Petecio and Carlo Paalam along with bronze medalist Eumir Marcial have returned to the Philippines this past Monday to spend quarantine time, but already they have plenty to do once they have liberty.
According to The Manila Bulletin, Nesthy Petecio for one is generously giving all her expected cash incentives and other benefits to her parents and family. For being the first Filipina boxing Olympic silver medalist, Petecio looks fit to receive a total of about P24 million worth of cash bonuses from the government and private donors, plus two houses and lots in Tagaytay and Candelaria, Quezon, and a condo unit in Davao City. The condo is closer to her Santa Cruz, Davao Del Sur hometown, but flight perks from PAL, AirAsia and Cebu Pacific could get her and her family around.
Meanwhile, Nesthy’s fellow silver medalist Carlo Paalam is set on returning home as well to Cagayan De Oro once his quarantine period is complete. Accompanied by his Australian head coach Don Abnett and Elmer Pamisa, who has trained Paalam since age 11, Carlo hopes to make it in time to catch the next iteration of CDO’s Boxing at the Park event, where he got his start as a pugilist. With his own government-private cash incentives, he plans to donate prize money to the tournament, plus set up a month-long boxing clinic with Abnett and Pamisa for aspiring national team boxers.
As for Eumir Marcial, who KO’d his men’s middleweight quarterfinal opponent only to be stopped at the semis for a bronze, he will be receiving high honors similar to gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz, from their common branch of military service, the Philippine Air Force. As of Monday, the PAF announced that Airman 1st Class Marcial just got a two-rank promotion to Airman Sergeant, with Eumir in Air Force uniform getting his new insignia pinned on him right upon arrival at the NAIA. Diaz, a Sergeant before Tokyo, was promoted to Staff Sergeant following her victory.
All three boxing medalists, plus their Team PH support team, are currently spending quarantine at the Summit Ridge Hotel at Tagaytay City, where they received a heroes’ welcome upon arrival. All three have Tagaytay house and lots awarded to them.
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