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(SDN) — Four Olympians at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics this year have carved their names in the annals of the world’s greatest sporting event.
That’s by winning each a medal: a gold, two silver, and a bronze. ‘Twas the best showing ever of the Philippines in the Olympics held every four years.
Through sheer hard work, determination, and commitment they rose from poverty and made their country and fellow Filipinos proud.
Don’t look now, but the four medal winners at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics have one common denominator: they are all children of Mindanao.
At least in sports, and what a venue to show and achieve it, the Land of Promise has made good its promise!
Hidilyn Diaz, the history-making weightlifting gold medalist, is from Zamboanga City, Western Mindanao; female boxer Nesthy Petecio, silver medalist, fights out of Sta. Cruz, Davao City, Southern Mindanao; Carlo Paalam, boxing silver medalist he just won today, August 7, 2021, was born in Talakag, Bukidnon, North/Central Mindanao; and Eumir Marcial, boxing bronze medalist, is a native of Lunzuran, Zamboanga City.
Windfalls in millions of cash and in kind have poured on Diaz and Petecio, and the same land in the laps of Marcial and Paalam, too. With their unwavering fighting spirit, they have lifted their respective families out of the grip of a destitute life.
So, it’s a great day for the Philippines in general, and for Mindanao in particular.
To be updated. (✓)