Celebrations aren’t over for Filipina Olympian Gold Medalist Hidilyn Diaz. The 30-year-old weightlifter ended the Philippines’ 97-year Olympic gold medal drought after dominating the women’s weightlifting 55-kg event at the Tokyo Olympics last Monday. Diaz lifted an overall weight of 224 kg — another Olympic Games record — besting world record holder Liao Qiuyun of China.
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It was a historic, and not to mention epic, win for the athlete. Diaz didn’t just bag a gold medal, she is also set to get cash incentives, residential properties, and more once she gets back to the Philippines. Check out her lavish prizes below:
Lifetime free flights plus miles
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AirAsia has given Diaz lifetime free flights. “Hidilyn is the perfect example of what it means to be an Allstar, by embodying AirAsia core values of Dreaming Big and Making it Happen,” said AirAsia Spokesperson Steve Dailisan. “We thank her for reminding us that being the world’s best is second to serving the Filipinos.”
P5 million and free fuel for life
“It was our vision when we organized the foundation to rally the private sector to help our athletes in their quest for the Olympic gold, and now we have our first gold medal. I wish Hidilyn the best and we shall continue to support our Filipino athletes so we can have more golds in the future,” said Phoenix Petroleum Philippines chairman Dennis Uy.
Diaz is poised to receive a total of P38.5 million cash incentives, including Phoenix Petroleum’s reward. Here’s everything else she will get:
- P10 million from the government through Republic Act 10699 or the National Athletes and Coaches Benefits and Incentives Act
- P10 million pledged by Manny V. Pangilinan through MVP Sports Foundation
- P10 million pledged by San Miguel Corporation President and CEO Ramon S. Ang
- P3 million pledged by Deputy Speaker Mikee Romero
- P2.5 million from the local government of Zamboanga, Diaz’s hometown
P14-M worth of condo unit from Megaworld
“This epic moment is about 97 years in the making, and this is our way of saying thanks to Hidilyn for making us all proud. We believe that it’s just right to give our first-ever Olympic gold medalist a home in our first-ever township, Eastwood City, where she can enjoy the township lifestyle with her family and loved ones” says Kevin L. Tan, chief strategy officer, Megaworld Corporation.
P4-M worth of house and lot from Century Properties
Diaz will get a single-attached house and lot valued at P4 million from PHirst Park Homes Inc. She can also choose which from PHirst Park Homes’ 8 communities in Luzon to reside at.
House and lot in Tagaytay
Philippine Olympic Committee president and Representative Abraham Tolentino said that they will be giving Diaz her own house and lot in Tagaytay. This is the third residential property the Olympian is set to receive.
Van from FOTON
A Philippine Air Force promotion
“The Philippine Air Force through its Commanding General approved the promotion of Sgt Hidilyn Diaz effective 27 July 2021 to the rank of Staff Sergeant,” said Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Cirilito Sobejana.