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Local stars celebrate Hidilyn Diaz& rsquo;s Olympic win

Several local celebrities took to social media to congratulate weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz for making history after winning the Philippines’ first-ever Olympic gold medal......»»

Category: lifestyleSource: abscbn abscbnJul 28th, 2021

How Pinoy athletes kept winning during the lockdown

Sporting events may be suspended or canceled, but that won't stop your favorite Filipino athletes from inspiring or entertaining people as they spend their extra time off doing worthwhile activities during the lockdown period. From reaching out to affected communities to learning a new skill, here are what your idols are up to during the community quarantine. 1)  Proudly serving the nation as frontliners Some athletes have taken their in-game dedication off the court, as they proudly serve the country as frontliners during the COVID-19 pandemic. MPBL players such as Bacoor City's Eric Acuña and Bacolod-Master Sardines' Jopher Custodio are currently heeding the call as frontliners for the Philippine Army, as well as their fellow soldiers UST women’s volleyball coach Kung Fu Reyes and volleyball star Jovelyn Gonzaga. Pasay Voyager's Dhon Reverente also suited up for the Philippine Navy while his teammate Jesse Bustos is serving in the frontlines in another way, using his camera as a photojournalist for a daily newspaper.  2)  Raising funds and holding donation drives Your beloved players continue to exemplify teamwork in these challenging times as they help the dedicated frontliners and affected households in different parts of the country. UST student-athletes joined former Golden Tigresses star Sisi Rondina in auctioning their jerseys for a cause to donate supplies to the frontliners of Barangay Luz in Cebu City. Meanwhile, volleyball legends Alyssa Valdez and Charo Soriano led a fundraiser called "Volleyball Community Gives Back PH," which aims to supply frontliners in the country with PPEs and other essentials—with celebrities like Kathryn Bernardo and Pia Wurtzbach joining their cause. Former DLSU Lady Spikers standout and Creamline utility spiker Michele Gumabao also provided relief packs and gave them personally to the affected communities in Pampanga with the help of the group Your 200 Pesos. 3)  No days off for training and getting the gains Leagues and competitions may have been put on hold, but athletes won't be stopped from keeping themselves in tiptop shape. Observing quarantine, ONE Championship's heavyweight champion Brandon Vera took his workout to the forest, preparing for his upcoming bout against Arjan Bhullar, while Team Lakay fighters, such as Eduard Folayang, Kevin Belingon, and Joshua Pacio improvised household materials as gym equipment. National athletes, such as karateka Junna Tsukii, wushu artist Agatha Wong, and Olympic medalist Hidilyn Diaz, did rigorous training sessions at home to keep themselves in form for upcoming tournaments. High-flyer Ricci Rivero also taught his fans some basic dribbling drills to improve basketball handles—as seen in an episode of "Upfront" on LIGA cable sports channel. 4) Unlocking new skills and focusing on fave hobbies Your fave sports idols also overcame boredom by learning new skills and focusing on their favorite hobbies. For instance, DLSU Green Archers guard Aljun Melecio learned to cook scrumptious lechon while taking a time-out from the hardwood. UAAP volleyball champion and national team player Rex Intal also reminded us that he is a dedicated painter with his mixed portrait of Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan, channeling his passion for sports and art into one. And did you know that top local setter Jia Morado is a talented photographer? Check out her Instagram and be amazed by her works. 5)  Taking their talents to TikTok Athletes joined the trending TikTok craze as a source of entertainment during the lockdown. Former UAAP stars Kim Kianna Dy and Jema Galanza posted their dance covers of Young Thug's "Relationship," and Deanna Wong took on "The Weekend" dance challenge. UST Golden Tigresses' rookie Imee Fernandez also wowed the TikTok crowd with a pre-workout dance video, which garnered over 600,000 views online. For Ateneo Blue Eagles guard SJ Belangel, TikTok has also been his avenue to overcome his shyness, doing hilarious skits online.   6)  Becoming stars online No live sports to entertain the audiences? It's not a problem for these athletes who continue to provide fun content to every sports fan, with the help of ABS-CBN Sports. Catch Shaun Ildefonso as he does an entertaining commentary about everything sports on "SRSLY." Also watch Cherry Nunag’s wacky chikahan with famous athletes in "Kalye Confessions: Stay-at-Home Edition." Lastly, the lockdown won't stop the basketball conversation as Beau Belga chats with your favorite hoop idols online, while still chowing down on their fave treats on "Extra Rice with Beau Belga." Watch all of these on ABS-CBN Sports' Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and YouTube channel. Also stay tuned for more new offerings from the sports arm of ABS-CBN.  These athletes have proven they are truly winners in and out of the court. While waiting for live sports to return, you can rewatch the best games of these athletes on LIGA (SD channel 86 and HD channel 183 on SKYCable) and game highlights and special features on ABS-CBN Sports' social media pages and official YouTube account. ABS-CBN Sports will continue its commitment to providing a variety of world-class, exciting, and inspiring content to every Pinoy sports fan. Visit sports.abs-cbn.com and follow @ABSCBNSports on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For updates, you may also visit www.abs-cbn.com/newsroom or follow @ABSCBNPR on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 8th, 2020

Hidilyn& rsquo;s coach speaks: We& rsquo;ve only just begun

Being both a coach and boyfriend to Hidilyn Diaz, Julius Irvin Naranjo rarely speaks his mind about the future plans of the Olympic weightlifting gold medalist about her sporting career......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 20th, 2021

Duterte awards incentives to Tokyo heroes on Monday

The country’s first Olympic gold medalist, Hidilyn Diaz, along with silver medalists Carlo Paalam and Nesthy Petecio and bronze medalist Eumir Marcial, all military athletes will be reporting to their Commander in Chief on August 23 as President Rodrigo Duterte receives them in a courtesy call in Malacañang......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 19th, 2021

Diaz receives housing incentive; boxers& rsquo; units completed by X& rsquo;mas

Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz is ready to move in to her brand new house-and-lot, while fellow Olympic medalists Nesthy Petecio, Carlo Paalam and Eumir Felix Marcial will be spending Christmas this year as neighbors......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 19th, 2021

Thanksgiving mass for PH& rsquo;s Olympic achievement

The Philippines’ Olympic success surges on as gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz leads the three other medalists in Tokyo for a Thanksgiving Mass on Wednesday at the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Tagaytay City......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 18th, 2021

4 female weightlifters may become Diaz& rsquo;s successors

After delivering the Philippines’ first gold medal in the Olympic Games courtesy of Hidilyn Diaz, the Samahang Weightlifting ng Pilipinas said on Tuesday that four young female lifters are being groomed to follow in her footsteps in the succeeding Olympiads, starting in Paris three years from now......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 18th, 2021

Hidilyn& rsquo;s Team HD gets minor revamp

A young and promising weighlifter will most likely join Hidilyn Diaz, the country’s first Olympic gold medalist, when she plunges into serious training for the World Championships this November......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 10th, 2021

Team PH: Tokyo Olympics by the numbers

4 -- It’s mission accomplished for Team Philippines at the Tokyo Olympic 2020+1, churning out its best performance ever with a gold, courtesy of Hidilyn Diaz in weightlifting, two silvers from boxers Nesthy Petecio and Carlo Paalam, and a bronze medal by Eumir Marcial, also in boxing.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 9th, 2021

realme C11 2021, now only P4,590!

As the nation marks a historic milestone with its first multiple medal finish in the Olympics since 1932---Hidilyn Diaz completing the near century-long quest for the Philippines’ first gold---realme, the country’s number 1 smartphone brand for Q1 2021, gives Filipinos another reason to celebrate with a winning offer for its real value champ: the realme C11 2021.   .....»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 5th, 2021

Diaz personally receives P3M Olympic reward from Romero

Weightlifting superstar Hidilyn Diaz on Thursday received her P3 million check from Deputy Speaker Mikee Romero (1-Pacman Partylist) as her financial reward for winning the country’s first Olympic gold medal in the Tokyo Games......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 5th, 2021

Diaz remembers journey, hopes to inspire fellow Filipinos

The Philippines’ first gold medal and Olympic record were the product of all the hard work Hidilyn Diaz and ‘Team HD’ put together that past two years before the Tokyo Olympics......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 4th, 2021

Catharsis: Girl power band in pandemic

With lady athlete Hidilyn Diaz scoring the country’s first Olympic gold in a pandemic era-staging, girl power is definitely the rallying cry for all-girl band Catharsis whose debut digital single “For The Meantime” made its way to the airwaves last Friday (July 30)......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 1st, 2021

Long wait is over

Weightlifter and Zamboanga native Hidilyn Diaz finally ended the country’s long, long wait for an Olympic gold medal with two records at that......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 28th, 2021

HD& rsquo;s other feat: Most mentioned athlete on FB

Four-time Olympian Hidilyn Diaz did not only win the country’s first-ever Olympic gold medal on Monday, she also won it big on social media......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 28th, 2021

HD gets hero& rsquo;s welcome

Hidilyn Diaz, who delivered the country’s first Olympic gold medal, returned home Wednesday with the hope that other athletes who follow in her footsteps will succeed as well......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 28th, 2021

Petecio shoots for bronze

Tokyo—Two days after Hidilyn Diaz’s gold medal conquest in the Summer Olympic Games, Nesthy Petecio gets her turn on the spotlight when she takes on Colombia’s Yeni Marcela Arias Castaneda in the quarterfinals of the 54-57kg boxing competitions Wednesday at the Kokugikan Arena here......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 27th, 2021

The night Hidilyn Diaz wrote her name among the stars

Tokyo---It was like a person about to face his own death. All the memories come rushing in before one’s very eyes......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 27th, 2021

Pinay weightlifter to put on a show, coach vows

Tokyo—You ain’t seen nothing yet from Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 25th, 2021

PSC vows full support to Team PHI all the way to Tokyo Olympics

Aspiring and Olympic-bound athletes will continue to receive support from the Philippine Sports Commission despite the agency’s belt-tightening measures brought about by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Philippines already has four qualifiers for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which has been pushed back to next year, in pole vaulter Ernest John Obiena, male artistic gymnast Carlos Edriel Yulo, national boxers Eumir Felix Marcial and Irish Magno before the lockdown. The PSC board has assured that the agency will support them for as long as they can, explaining that the investment of both the government and the athletes into their Olympic dream cannot be set aside just that easily. This the PSC assures the athletes despite around P1.3 billion of its funds redirected back to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to fund the country’s COVID-19 fight. By virtue of Republic Act 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, P596 million, and P773 million were realigned by the DBM from the sports agency’s National Sports Development Fund and the fund from the General Appropriations Act (GAA), respectively. Even with this unexpected development, the PSC will keep true to its promise to support the Filipino athletes Olympic bid. In fact, PSC Chairman William Ramirez is hoping to send more athletes to represent the country in the prestigious multi-sport event. “We will not waiver in our quest to fulfill the country’s Olympic dream and we are very hopeful that more athletes will be able to qualify once the situation gets better,” shared Ramirez. The sports agency is banking its hopes on 2016 Rio Olympics silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz of weightlifting, four-time SEA Games champion Kiyomi Watanabe of judo, 2019 SEAG double-gold medal winner Margielyn Didal of skateboarding, multi-titled jin Pauline Lopez of taekwondo, and Junna Tsukii of karatedo among others. The budget cut has forced the sports agency to take belt-tightening measures in recent weeks, to be able to cover all commitments. “It’s a tough situation but we understand the priorities of the national government. We will do what we can to continue the support we give to our athletes especially those vying for an Olympic slot,” added Ramirez. Aside from financial support, the PSC also continues to provide online sports psychology consultations, virtual training sessions, nutrition, physiology, and conditioning webinars to athletes and coaches through PSC’s Medical Scientific Athletic Services (MSAS) and the Philippine Sports Institute (PSI)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 18th, 2020

Arroyo shows class in US juniors series

Rising junior golfer Monique Arroyo ruled the FCG National Tour Series last July 12 – two weeks before the historic Olympic gold feat of Hidilyn Diaz – at the Lomas Santa Fe in California.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 20th, 2021