Tycoon Ramon S. Ang (RSA) will present his “personal gift” of P22 million to the Filipino medalists at the recently concluded Tokyo Olympics, with weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, who ended the Philippines’ 97-year wait for a gold medal. getting P10 million.
Boxers Carlo Paalam and Nesthy Petecio will each get P5 million for their silver medals, and middleweight Eumir Marcial will get P2 million for the bronze.
“As a long-time partner and supporter of Philippine sports, I am very happy for our athletes. All their hard work paid off. They have opened the eyes of so many Filipino sports sponsors, fans and aspiring athletes that, indeed, Filipinos can compete and win against the best in the world at the Olympics. ”Ang, a rabid sports fan with three teams from the Philippine Basketball Association said.
“This is just the beginning. We have the momentum. We can only get stronger in the next Olympics,” Ang added. “I am especially grateful to Hidilyn, whom we have supported for several years, for honoring the country by winning our first gold medal. We can build on these successes to develop stronger sports programs and produce more Olympic winners like Hidilyn, Carlo, Nesthy and Eumir. “
Filipinos are fighters
Ang also said that Olympic athletes, as well as their coaches and teams, gave the Philippines more than just medals.
“The message of this Olympic campaign for us Filipinos is clear: we are resilient in the face of challenges and we do not back down in the face of adversity. This pandemic is perhaps one of the greatest challenges of our life. Thank you Hidilyn, Carlo, Nesthy and Eumir for giving us hope and inspiration during this critical moment. You showed us that nothing is impossible. “
Ang added that since the Olympics showcased the outstanding athletic feats that fully trained athletes are capable of, it also serves as a reminder that people are not limited and that Filipinos should strive to stay fit and healthy in the face of the COVID-19.
Before the pandemic, San Miguel Corp. constantly supported the country’s participation and organization of international competitions, including the organization of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games (SEA). In this edition of the SEA Games, the Philippines also completed its best performance so far in 42 years of participation with a loot of 149 gold, 117 silver and 121 bronze medals.
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