“She has made the country proud.”
Thus, said the Philippine Sports Commission after 25-year-old of Zamboanga won the silver medal in women’s weightlifting in Rio de Janeiro.
A hero’s welcome awaits Diaz when she gets back home from the Rio Oympics.
As part of the Philippine government Incentives Act, Diaz will receive P5 million and will also get a house and lot from real estate developer Deca Homes.
Republic Act 10699, the amended Incentives Law, guarantees Diaz P5 million for her feat in the Olympics.
“Hidilyn proved that we Filipinos can excel against the best in the world. The lady athlete from Mindanao just made her country proud,” said PSC chairman William “Butch” Ramirez.
Diaz used to sell fish as a 10-year-old. She is now the country’s first female Olympic medalist ending a 20-year medal drought.