At present, the only true rival that 8-division boxing champion Manny Pacquiao has for the greatest Philippine athlete right here and now is weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz. No other name but hers will ever be attached to her achievement of winning the first ever Olympic Gold Medal for the country in Tokyo late last July. Her victory has earmarked her for plenty of bonuses and incentives from the national government, related agencies and the private sector. Also included are promises of a condominium unit in Davao City (close to her hometown) and a house and lot in Tagaytay, the latter she and her family received Wednesday.
As The Manila Bulletin tells it, Tokyo Olympics 2020/21 gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz has officially received her promised house and lot in Tagaytay City in the morning of August 18. Diaz and several members of the family were present in a simple handover ceremony (for COVID considerations) at their new house and lot at Isabelle Heights Subdivision in Tagaytay’s Barangay Kaybagal Center. Representatives of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) led by Chairman Abraham Tolentino awarded Hidilyn and her family the ceremonial key to their new home, on a lot occupying 220 square meters in area.
Perhaps it is only natural that Diaz would receive her house and lot incentive already built and possibly furnished. But the same rewards were also promised to her fellow Tokyo Olympic medalists, who between them all have brought home the largest total Olympic medals for the Philippines yet, breaking the record from 1932. However, boxers Nesthy Petecio, Carlo Paalam (both silver) and Eumir Marcial (bronze) will have to wait for their houses to actually be built, at Barangay San Jose also in Tagaytay. They did get to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for their future homes, which happened earlier in Wednesday.
The planned houses (2-bedrooms, attic) for the boxing medalists will be erected side by side on a roadway of Brgy San Jose that has been named Olympic Lane. Each valued at P5 million in building costs, construction of the homes for Petecio, Paalam and Marcial are expected to be completed by the coming Holidays in December. Once done, the medalists will also have their cash incentives to furnish their houses with, as Hidilyn Diaz will probably be doing to her own completed 2-storey home nearby. Petecio already plans to title her allotted house and lot to one of her siblings.
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