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OLYMPICS SILVER MEDAL: DIAZ's WIN IN RIO OLYMPICS WEIGHTLIFTING A GIFT TO PH, BIRTHDAY GIFT TO HER MOTHER
[RELATED: Battle not yet over, Diaz tells other Pinoy Olympians]

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Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz welcomed with 'boodle fight' in Zamboanga]


AUGUST 8 -Diaz, 25, bagged the silver medal on Sunday (Brazil time) in the women’s 58-kilogram category hours after her mother, Emelita, celebrated her 53rd birthday. Photo courtesy of FilipinoConnection.net Photo courtesy of FilipinoConnection.net  The winning of the silver medal by Zamboangueña weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz in the Rio Olympics is not only a great gift for the Philippines but to her mother as well. In Brazil, it is Sunday but already Monday dawn in the Philippines and Emelita’s birthday was on Sunday, August 7 (Philippine time). “Our family is very proud of her,” Emelita told the Philippines News Agency in an interview on Monday. Emelita said she had the feeling that Diaz, with the blessing of the Lord, “will win this time” since the schedule of the competition coincided with her birthday. “I told her that maybe for the third time, you will already win,” Emelita narrated, citing the Rio Olympics is the third Olympic competition Diaz has participated in. Diaz also competed in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics held in Beijing and London, respectively. Emelita said she woke up Monday dawn to watch her daughter and to pray the rosary as well while Diaz was competing with other athletes in the women’s weightlifting. “While I was praying, I was informed that Hidi (Hidilyn’s nickname) won,” she said. Hidilyn is the fifth among the six children of Emelita who is a housewife, and Eduardo, a tricycle driver. She has a sister and four brothers. The family resides in Barangay Mampang, where Diaz completed her elementary education. READ MORE...RELATED, Battle not yet over, Diaz tells other Pinoy Olympians... RELATED(2), Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz welcomed with 'boodle fight' in Zamboanga...

ALSO: ‘All I wanted was a bronze’ – Hidilyn Diaz
[7 more PH Olympians in the running: “Don't give up. Continue the fight and give your best,” said Diaz, now the newest toast of Philippine sports, which has long been searching for a new hero in the mold of Manny Pacquiao.] [RELATED: Pinoy Olympic medal hopefuls down to 5]


AUGUST 8 -Gold medal winner Hsu Shu-Ching, of Taiwan, center, stands with silver medal winner Hidilyn Diaz, of the Philipines, left, and bronze medal winner Yoon Jin-hee, of South Korea, right, after the women's 53kg weightlifting competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016. | AP Photo/Mike Groll
RIO DE JANEIRO – Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz brought joy to the entire nation Sunday (Monday morning in Manila) when she bagged the silver medal in the women’s 53 kg division and ended a 20-year medal drought for the Philippines in the OIympics. Diaz trained hard for this Olympics, her third straight after stints in 2008 in Beijing and 2012 in London. She said prior to the competition that this could be her last Olympics, and that if she was thinking of a medal then it’s a bronze in her weight class. “That’s all I wanted – a bronze medal. But God gave me the silver medal,” said the 25-year-old pride of Zamboanga City, who became the first female athlete from the Philippines to win a medal, of any color, in the Summer Games. The Philippines has won nine medals in the Olympics, all courtesy of male athletes, since it first participated in 1924. It’s the third silver for the country after boxers Anthony Villanueva and Onyok Velasco win in 1964 and 1996. The Philippines has yet to win the gold. Diaz said she’s not sure if she would continue competing all the way to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. “We cannot tell,” said Diaz, who is set to receive P5 million from the government as he incentive in winning the silver in the Olympics. She is bound to receive more than that when other donors start showering her with gifts. READ MORE...RELATED,
Pinoy Olympic medal hopefuls down to 5...

ALSO WATCH: Duterte adds P2M to Hidilyn Diaz’s reward pot
[RELATED: Duterte wants sports body to look, train more ‘Hidilyns’]


AUGUST 12 -Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz poses with President Duterte during a courtesy call in Davao City on Thursday night. | Ace Morandante/PPD
MANILA, Philippines – Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz became P2 million richer after President Duterte announced he is giving the weightlifter the said amount for bringing honor to the country. Duterte made the announcement in a press conference held in Davao City late Thursday as Diaz made a courtesy call to the chief executive. “[I gave her the extra reward] Maybe because I was overjoyed, because of the distinct honor she brought home,” the President told reporters. The cash reward from Duterte comes on top of the P5 million prize Diaz received from the Philippine Sports Commission as mandated under Republic Act 10699, the amended incentives law, which rewards Filipino athletes that medal in the Olympics. READ MORE... RELATED, Duterte wants sports body to look, train more ‘Hidilyns’...

ALSO: Pacquiao pledges cash reward for Hidilyn Diaz
[RELATED: DIAZ SETS SIGHTS ON 2020 TOKYO GAMES]


AUGUST 10 -Manny Pacquiao and Hidilyn Diaz
MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Manny Pacquiao has promised to hand out a cash reward to weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, who on Monday gave the Philippines a silver medal in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Pacquiao, however, did not specify how much he will give Diaz, whose silver medal finish in the women's 53kg weightlifting event made her the first Filipina Olympic medalist in history. “Not really big. The amount will come from my own pocket,” the boxer turned senator said in a PhilBoxing.com report by Aquiles Zonio. Pacquiao said Diaz deserves all the rewards coming her way for pulling off the feat. “Malaking karangalan para sa bansa ang ginawa ni Hidilyn Diaz at nararapat lamang na bigyan siya ng parangal at gantimpala,” he added. Pacquiao’s pledge is among the incentives lined up for Diaz, who is also guaranteed to receive P5 million under the amended Republic Act 10699, which specifies the incentives for Filipino athletes who would win Olympic medals. A house and lot and other perks from the private sector also reportedly await Diaz. FULL REPORT. RELATED, DIAZ SETS SIGHTS ON 2020 TOKYO GAMES...

ALSO: LOOK James Yap posts first photo of Baby Michael James


AUGUST 9 -James Yap posts first photo of Baby Michael James
PBA superstar James Yap on Tuesday posted the first picture of his newborn baby boy with girlfriend Michella Cazzola. Baby Michael James was born at St. Luke's Medical Center at Bonifacio Global City on Monday. The baby, the first for James and Michella, weighed 6.5 lbs.
The couple had planned to get married after the baby's birth. —JST, GMA News RELATED LOOK James Yap joins girlfriend Michella Cazzola's maternity shoot Published July 13, 2016 2:26pm PBA superstar James Yap and Michella Cazzola will be welcoming their baby boy soon. Ahead of the occasion, Big Game James posted a preview from the shoot. READ MORE, VIEW PHOTO SHOOTS....


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Diaz’s win in Rio Olympics weightlifting a gift to the Philippines, birthday gift to her mother


AUGUST 8 -Diaz, 25, bagged the silver medal on Sunday (Brazil time) in the women’s 58-kilogram category hours after her mother, Emelita, celebrated her 53rd birthday. Photo courtesy of FilipinoConnection.net Photo courtesy of FilipinoConnection.net

ZAMBOANGA CITY, AUGUST 15, 2016 (MANILA BULLETIN) August 8, 2016 By R.G. Antonet A. Go, Philippines News Agency -  The winning of the silver medal by Zamboangueña weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz in the Rio Olympics is not only a great gift for the Philippines but to her mother as well.

In Brazil, it is Sunday but already Monday dawn in the Philippines and Emelita’s birthday was on Sunday, August 7 (Philippine time).

“Our family is very proud of her,” Emelita told the Philippines News Agency in an interview on Monday.

Emelita said she had the feeling that Diaz, with the blessing of the Lord, “will win this time” since the schedule of the competition coincided with her birthday.

“I told her that maybe for the third time, you will already win,” Emelita narrated, citing the Rio Olympics is the third Olympic competition Diaz has participated in.

Diaz also competed in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics held in Beijing and London, respectively.

Emelita said she woke up Monday dawn to watch her daughter and to pray the rosary as well while Diaz was competing with other athletes in the women’s weightlifting.

“While I was praying, I was informed that Hidi (Hidilyn’s nickname) won,” she said.

Hidilyn is the fifth among the six children of Emelita who is a housewife, and Eduardo, a tricycle driver. She has a sister and four brothers.

The family resides in Barangay Mampang, where Diaz completed her elementary education.

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She completed her secondary studies at the Universidad de Zamboanga Technical High School and studied computer science for two years at the Universidad de Zamboanga.

She is an enlisted personnel of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) assigned at the PAF Personnel Management Center. She is on detached service with the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).

Meanwhile, Dr. Cecilia Atilano, City Sports Development Officer, said the city government is planning for a hero’s welcome for Hidilyn Diaz, who is scheduled to return home on August 14.

“We are very proud of her achievements,” Atilano said.

She said Diaz’s win in the Olympics will boost the morale of the local athletes and motivate them to continue training and strive harder.

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Battle not yet over, Diaz tells other Pinoy Olympians By Abac Cordero (philstar.com) | Updated August 9, 2016 - 1:29pm 33 9 googleplus0 0


Hidilyn Diaz tears up after being awarded a silver medal in the women's 53kg weightlifting in the 2016 Rio Olympics. | AP/Mike Groll

RIO DE JANEIRO – Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, who just ended a 20-year medal drought for the Philippines in the Olympics, rallied behind the Filipino athletes who are still in contention in the Summer Games here.

Diaz said the battle is not over yet with seven more athletes seeing action in the coming days, and hoped that any one among them could still deliver a medal and give the Philippines its best finish in the Olympics since 1932.

In that Olympics 84 years ago in Los Angeles, the Philippines won three bronze medals courtesy of Simeon Toribio in men’s high jump, Jose Villanueva in men’s boxing (bantamweight) and Teofilo Yldefonso in men’s 200, breaststroke.

No other time after that did the Philippines win more than one medal in an Olympics.

Diaz, who won the silver medal in the women’s 53 kg class, became the first female athlete from the Philippines to win an Olympic medal.

The three-time Olympian from Zamboanga City also gave the country its first Olympic medal in weightlifting, and its first since boxer Mansueto “Onyok” Velasco won the silver medal in Atlanta in 1996.

She called on those still in the running to continue the fight.

“Don't give up. Continue the fight and give your best,” said Diaz, now the newest toast of Philippine sports, which has long been searching for a new hero in the mold of Manny Pacquiao.

Diaz’ victory last Sunday should help boost the sport of weightlifting in the Philippines. It’s a sport that’s suited for Filipinos, especially in the lower or smaller weight classes.

“It's not important if this is your first time in the Olympics or your second or third because once you are here, you must give your best,” said Diaz.

“I hope we can still win here,” said Diaz, who called on Filipino sports fans to continue supporting the others who are still in the medal hunt.

They are Fil-Japanese judoka Kodo Nakano, who vies in the men’s 81 kg division Tuesday morning here; then swimmer Jasmine Alkhaldi in the women’s 100m freestyle on Wednesday; golfer Miguel Tabuena from August 11-14, marathoner Mary Joy Tabal on August 14; Eric Cray in the men’s 400m hurdles on August 15; long jumper Marestella Torres-Sunang on August 16; and Kirstie Elaine Alora in the women’s +67 kg of taekwondo on August 20.

Already out of contention are Ian Lariba of table tennis, Jessie Khing Lacuna of swimming, Nestor Colonia of weightlifting and Charly Suarez and Rogen Ladon of boxing.

Diaz will be the first to fly out of Rio de Janeiro on August 12 together with Colonia so she could attend the fiesta in her hometown in Zamboanga on August 13 while Lariba, Lacuna and Alkhaldi will leave on August 15. The boxers will fly home the day after.

Nakano, the 23-year-old judoka who’s based in Japan with his Filipina mother, will make his Olympic debut against Mateo Maconcini of Italy Tuesday morning.

“The competition is not over yet. I hope the fans continue to support and pray for our other athletes,” said Diaz, slowly feeling the thrill of being an Olympic medalist.

Even inside the Athletes Village, fellow competitors recognize her as a weightlifting medalist. There’s non-stop requests for interviews from media outlets in Manila, and even her fellow Filipino athletes are all over her.

Diaz was treated to dinner by officials of TV5, the official broadcast partner of the Philippine team, and at the restaurant, even non-Filipinos welcomed her with a warm round of applause.

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Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz welcomed with 'boodle fight' in Zamboanga Published August 13, 2016 5:58pm Weightlifter and Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz received a warm welcome as she went back home to Zamboanga City.


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On Friday, a motorcade was held for Diaz, followed by a short ceremony where she displayed her weightlifting prowess.

On Saturday, along with fellow weightlifter Nestor Colonia, Diaz attended a party thrown for her at the Edwin Andres Airbase by the Philippine Air Force (PAF), led by Major General Domingo Palisoc.

They joined a boodle fight, eating pancit canton, galunggong, and her favorite chicken adobo, the same dish she had in her room at Rio de Janeiro in Brazil after winning in the Olympics.

She was also given a plaque in recognition of her achievements.

Diaz is an Airwoman Second Class and her fellow service personnel are proud of her accomplishments in her sport.

Diaz shared a Facebook Live video of the moment, saying "Hello! Masaya ako! Lord, thank you for the opportunity!"


ZAMBOANGA CITY –  Rio Olympic Games Silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz during her courtesy call to Edwin Andrews Air Base in Zamboanga City Saturday

The 25-year-old Diaz represented the country in the Olympics in 2008 and 2012, before finally breaking through with a silver medal in Rio de Janeiro. — Aya Tantiangco/VVP, GMA News


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‘All I wanted was a bronze’ – Hidilyn Diaz By Abac Cordero (philstar.com) | Updated August 8, 2016 - 4:10pm 25 508 googleplus0 0


Gold medal winner Hsu Shu-Ching, of Taiwan, center, stands with silver medal winner Hidilyn Diaz, of the Philipines, left, and bronze medal winner Yoon Jin-hee, of South Korea, right, after the women's 53kg weightlifting competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016. | AP Photo/Mike Groll

RIO DE JANEIRO – Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz brought joy to the entire nation Sunday (Monday morning in Manila) when she bagged the silver medal in the women’s 53 kg division and ended a 20-year medal drought for the Philippines in the OIympics.

Diaz trained hard for this Olympics, her third straight after stints in 2008 in Beijing and 2012 in London. She said prior to the competition that this could be her last Olympics, and that if she was thinking of a medal then it’s a bronze in her weight class.

“That’s all I wanted – a bronze medal. But God gave me the silver medal,” said the 25-year-old pride of Zamboanga City, who became the first female athlete from the Philippines to win a medal, of any color, in the Summer Games.

The Philippines has won nine medals in the Olympics, all courtesy of male athletes, since it first participated in 1924. It’s the third silver for the country after boxers Anthony Villanueva and Onyok Velasco win in 1964 and 1996.

The Philippines has yet to win the gold. Diaz said she’s not sure if she would continue competing all the way to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

“We cannot tell,” said Diaz, who is set to receive P5 million from the government as he incentive in winning the silver in the Olympics. She is bound to receive more than that when other donors start showering her with gifts.

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When Velasco won the silver in 1996, he received a brand new car and a house and lot from the private sector. Then he quit from boxing and became an actor.

Diaz said it hasn’t sunk in yet.

“Hindi ko pa sure. Artista? Hindi ah,” said Diaz.

“I would have been grateful with a bronze medal because that’s what we were targeting. Masaya na sana ako sa bronze medal,” said Diaz, who joined the short elite list of athletes to win an Olympic medal for the Philippines.

Her victory also ended a long drought dating back in 1996 during the Atlanta Olympics where boxer Mansuete “Onyok” Velasco won the silver medal in the light-flyweight division. No other Filipino athlete came close to a medal since then.

At the Riocentro Pavilion 2, the 25-year-old Diaz broke the spell.

The member of the Philippine Air Force bagged the silver with a total lift of 200 kilos. She has a best lift of 88 kilos in the snatch and 112 kilos in the snatch and jerk.

Diaz failed in her first attempt at 88 kilos in the snatch and then in her last at 91 kilos. In the clean and jerk, she opened up with a good lift at 111 and then the 112 and failed in her last attempt at 117 kilos. By that time, she was already assured of the bronze.

China’s Li Yajun, who set a new Olympic record of 101 kilos in the snatch, looked assured of the gold. But she could not complete a lift in the snatch and jerk, failing at 123 kilos once and then twice at 126 kilos.

It was a grave tactical error on the part of the Chinese, who could have won the gold without trying to lift 123 or 1126 kilos. But they were too aggressive, going for the Olympic record without making sure they had won the medal first.

With three failed attempts in the clean and jerk, the Chinese did not win any medal.

Taipei’s Hsu Shu-Ching eventually won the gold with a total lift of 212 (100 in the snatch and 112 in the clean and jerk). South Korea’s Yoon Jin Hee benefitted from the Chinese blunder because instead of being fourth she won the bronze.

Yoon had a 199 total (88-111).

Diaz said she was already being congratulated for winning the bronze when the South Korean camp started rejoicing at the warm-up area, saying they won the bronze. Everybody did not expect the Chinese to fail in all three attempts in the clean and jerk.

“I was surprised why the South Koreans were celebrating when everybody thought they were fourth. In turned out that they had won the bronze. Taipei took the gold instead of the silver and us, the silver instead of the bronze,” said Diaz.

Diaz said she already contacted her mother in Zamboanga City, and thanked her conditioning coach in Manila, Jay Putalan. She also thanked the doctors who are here with the Philippine delegation, Dr. Ferdinand Brawner and chiropractic expert Martin Camara.

Diaz dedicated the win to her mother, Emelita, who celebrated her 53rd birthday the other day. She said they spoke on the phone after the victory, and said she was told that her mother, based in Zamboanga City, cried watching her win a medal.

When she completed her lift at 112, Diaz and her coach, Alfonso Aldanete, started to celebrate. Diaz jumped into the arms of her coach. At that time, they knew they were assured of the bronze medal.


Hidilyn Diaz takes a selfie with Filipino inside Pavilion 2 of Riocentro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil after winning a silver medal in the women's 53kg weightlifting in the 2016 Olympics. | Abac Cordero

The Filipino sports officials at ringside, led by Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose Cojuangco and chef-de-mission Jose Romasanta, started celebrating as well.

The other officials who were there included International Olympic Committee representative to the Philippines Mikee Cojuangco Jaworski, her predecessor, Frank Elizalde, POC officers Steve Hontiveros and Julian Camacho, and former Philippine weightlifting head Monico Puentevella.

Diaz received her silver medal with a big smile on her face, joining the two other medalists at the podium. For the first time in 20 years in the Olympics, the Philippine flag was raised during an awarding ceremony.

“Pinanalo ni Hidilyn yung bronze yan. Yung silver regalo ng Diyos. Walang kapares ang Olympics,” said Cojuangco, adding that he hoped that Diaz’ triumph would be the start of a new chapter in Philippine Sports.

“I hope this is the ice-breaker,” said Cojuangco, adding that the athletes have President Duterte to thank for.

It was an historic moment for not only for Philippine sports but for the country in general. The long wait is over, and even before the Filipinos plunged into action here, others aired doubts if the country can win any medal here in Rio.

The Filipinos launched its campaign the other day and sports officials watched as Ian Lariba of table tennis, Jessie Khing Lacuna of swimming and Charly Suarez of boxing fell out of contention one after the other Saturday.

The other Filipino weightlifter, Nestor Colonia in the men’s 56 kg class, could not duplicate Diaz’ heroic feat.

After a good lift of 120 kilos in the snatch, the 24-year-old Colonia bungled his next five lifts at 125 kg twice, and then 154 kg thrice in the clean and jerk.

Colonia almost collapsed on stage after his last attempt. Then he complained of dizziness, and was taken to the clinic. He said he thought he was ready to collapse, and it took him some time to recover and get up in his feet.

“Akala ko talaga hihimatayin na ako,” he said.

“He (Duterte) was the inspiration. In the many years I was POC president, it’s the first time we held a send-off for the athletes in Malacanang. We broke the ice,” said Cojuangco.

“But we’re not yet here in Rio,” he said.

Light-flyweight Rogen Ladon, another medal bet in boxing, will make his Olympic debut Monday against Colombia’s Yurberjen Martinez of Colombia, a 3-0 winner over Brazil’s Patrick Lourenco in last Saturday’s preliminary round.

Ladon drew a bye in the first round, and only needs two wins to make it to the semis, and also assure himself of a medal. He needs four wins to bring home the gold medal. His opening match is set at 11:30 a.m. Monday.

The others who are still waiting for their turn are judoka Kodo Nakano in the 81 kg on August 9; swimmer Jasmine Alkhaldi, who vies in the women’s 100m freestyle on August 10; golfer Miguel Tabuena from August 11 to 14; marathoner Mary Joy Tabal on August 14; hurdler Eric Cray on August, 15; long jumper Marestella Torres on August 16; and taekwondo’s Kirstie Elaine Alora in the +67 kg on August 20.

“We are not going home empty-handed. We are all very happy about Hidilyn’s accomplishment. But we must remember that we have other athletes who are competing. Let us continue to cheer for them and who knows what might happen,” said Romasanta.

Diaz is scheduled to arrive Manila on August 11.

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Pinoy Olympic medal hopefuls down to 5 By Abac Cordero (philstar.com) | Updated August 11, 2016 - 12:12pm 22 2705 googleplus1 0


From left: Maresttella Torres Sunang, Mary Joy Tabal, Eric Cray, Miguel Tabuena and Kirstie Elaine Alora | Composite Image/STAR File Photos

RIO DE JANEIRO – From 13 athletes, the Philippines is left with only five bets who will carry on the fight with 10 more days of action in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Jasmine Alkhaldi swam on a chilly day and vied in the women’s 100m freestyle Wednesday but could not get to the semis at the Olympic Aquatics Center.

She wished the remaining Filipino athletes here the best as they try to duplicate weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz’ feat and give the Philippines its best finish ever in the Olympics.

“Good luck and enjoy the moment. Enjoy being one of the very few Filipinos competing in the Olympics,” said Alkhaldi.

That was the same message Diaz, who handed the Philippines its first Olympic medal in 20 years, gave to her fellow athletes before she flew out of Rio.

Chef-de-mission Jose Romasanta echoed Diaz’ farewell message.

“Inspired by Hidilyn’s medal feat and heeding her call, ‘Walang bibitiw. Laban lang’ (Don’t quit. Keep up the fight), our remaining five athletes vowed to do just that,” said Romasanta.

“We don't want to put pressure on our remaining bets but another medal of any color will give the Philippines its best ever finish in the Olympics,” he said.

In 1932, the Philippines won three bronze medals courtesy of Simeon Toribio in men’s high jump, Jose Villanueva in men’s boxing (bantamweight) and Teofilo Yldefonso in men’s 200m breaststroke.

With Diaz’ silver, another medal of any color here will surpass that 1932 finish.

The 23-year-old Alkhaldi, who holds the Philippine record in the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle, clocked 56.30 seconds, just a fraction off her best time of 55.94.

Alkhaldi, who did 57.13 in the 2012 London Olympics, good for 34th among 50 entries, this time landed 33rd from among 46 competitors.

“Overall it was okay. I’m happy with the results. I would have been happier if I swam faster but we got the time that we trained for,” said Alkhaldi.

As she headed back to the Athletes Village with her American coach Jennifer Buffin, the student at University of Hawaii is still thinking of what’s next for her.

“I don’t know yet. I’m taking it one day at a time. I’m not sure yet,” said Alkhaldi, who should end up competing in the 2016 SEA Games in Malaysia.

Here in Rio, the tall and lovely Filipina did her best.

“I did my best. We did everything that we can. I asked myself. ‘What more can I do to get faster?’ I feel we did everything,” she said.


TABUENA

Now left the carry the fight for the Philippine are golfer Miguel Tabuena who competes against some of the world’s best starting Thursday here; marathoner Mary Joy Tabal on August 14; long jumper Maresttella Torres Sunang and 400m hurdles bet Eric Cray on August 16; and taekwondo’s Kirstie Elaine Alora on August 20, the penultimate day of competition.

Tabuena, 21, is confident of putting up a good show in Rio. He’s enjoying his finest season as a pro and has brought his own caddy here from Baguio, Clayton Besset, and swing coach Joel Altea.

Tabuena’s father, Luigi, is also here.

Filipino sports officials led by Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose Cojuangco are providing moral support for Tabuena, the reigning Philippine Open champion.

“I feel confident,” said Tabuena, adding that if he can only keep his drives on the fairway he will have a good chance at scoring low.

“I’m more confident now pulling out my driver,” he said.

The other day, the Filipino group walked the 18 holes at the par-71, 7,162-yard links course, the Olympic Golf Course.


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WATCH: Duterte adds P2M to Hidilyn Diaz’s reward pot (philstar.com) | Updated August 12, 2016 - 1:02pm 47 415 googleplus1 0


Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz poses with President Duterte during a courtesy call in Davao City on Thursday night. | Ace Morandante/PPD

MANILA, Philippines – Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz became P2 million richer after President Duterte announced he is giving the weightlifter the said amount for bringing honor to the country.

Duterte made the announcement in a press conference held in Davao City late Thursday as Diaz made a courtesy call to the chief executive.

“[I gave her the extra reward] Maybe because I was overjoyed, because of the distinct honor she brought home,” the President told reporters.

The cash reward from Duterte comes on top of the P5 million prize Diaz received from the Philippine Sports Commission as mandated under Republic Act 10699, the amended incentives law, which rewards Filipino athletes that medal in the Olympics.

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Duterte wants sports body to look, train more ‘Hidilyns’ By Olmin Leyba (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 13, 2016 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0

MANILA, Philippines - President Duterte tasked the Philippine Sports Commission to scour the provinces to find and train more gems like Zamboangueña Hidilyn Diaz.

Duterte personally congratulated Rio Olympics silver medalist Diaz Thursday night at the Presidential Guest House in Davao City and said there should be efforts to sustain this gain.

“If we just put discipline in any field, with a little help from the national government, we would be able to get some miracles and surprises along the way,” the Chief Executive said in a presscon with Diaz and Philippine Sports Commission chairman Butch Ramirez Thursday night.

The President took pride in receiving Diaz in Panacanang, along with her entourage that included parents Eduardo and Emelita, teammate Nestor Colonia, coach Alfonsito Aldanete. He did the honors of handing a check worth P5-milion which represented Diaz’ incentive as mandated by RA 10699 and did one better by announcing an additional P2-million from the Office of the President.

“I was overjoyed because of the distinct honor that she brought home,” said the President, who would formally welcome Diaz to Malacañang in a later ceremony.

To get things rolling, Duterte said the PSC will be putting up facilities in Dumaguete and Zamboanga, among other regions, to serve as training and learning centers for focus sports.

“We would need facilities and Butch (Ramirez) has a very good plan to put up something for the grassroots in Negros and Zamboanga so we can get the talents there,” he said.

“Historically, it has always been Manila that’s the epicenter; hardly any talent could get noticed especially from the far-flung areas. The plan is good because it would attract as many young people and maybe give others the chance,” he added.

Ramirez said the plan is in line with Mr. Duterte’s thrust towards tapping talents in the countryside.

The 25-year-old Diaz, meanwhile, said she took to heart the words Duterte said during Team Philippines’ pre-departure courtesy call.

“Syempre na-inspire nung nag-send off kami sa Malacañang; pinakita niya na binibigyan niya kami ng suporta (The President has expressed his support during our send-off and that was a big motivating factor),” said Diaz, donning a Philippine Air Force uniform with the precious silver medal adoring her neck.

After spending Thursday night in Davao, Diaz flew back home to Zamboanga, where she was treated to a hero’s welcome by her fellow Zamboangueños.


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Pacquiao pledges cash reward for Hidilyn Diaz By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated August 10, 2016 - 11:59am 17 1069 googleplus1 0


Manny Pacquiao and Hidilyn Diaz

MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Manny Pacquiao has promised to hand out a cash reward to weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, who on Monday gave the Philippines a silver medal in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Pacquiao, however, did not specify how much he will give Diaz, whose silver medal finish in the women's 53kg weightlifting event made her the first Filipina Olympic medalist in history.

“Not really big. The amount will come from my own pocket,” the boxer turned senator said in a PhilBoxing.com report by Aquiles Zonio.

Pacquiao said Diaz deserves all the rewards coming her way for pulling off the feat.

“Malaking karangalan para sa bansa ang ginawa ni Hidilyn Diaz at nararapat lamang na bigyan siya ng parangal at gantimpala,” he added.

Pacquiao’s pledge is among the incentives lined up for Diaz, who is also guaranteed to receive P5 million under the amended Republic Act 10699, which specifies the incentives for Filipino athletes who would win Olympic medals.

A house and lot and other perks from the private sector also reportedly await Diaz.

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DIAZ SETS SIGHTS ON 2020 TOKYO GAMES By Bong Pedralvez August 12, 2016

HERE’S good news for Filipino sports fans: Rio Olympic silver medalist Hidylin Diaz has no plans of retiring just yet.

“Hindi ko pa gustong mag-retire, na-mimiss ko na nga ang mag-buhat,” Diaz said yesterday shortly after arriving to a red-carpet and festive welcome at the Ninoy Aquindo International Airport. She was ushered to the VIP lounge to the strains of “We Say Mabuhay” being played by the Philippine Air Force band.

Before appearing at the 15-minute conference, Diaz, an Airwoman Second Class, took time to shed off the track suit she was wearing and appeared at the briefing wearing her official uniform.

“Napasaya po ako sa warm welcome, di po ako sanay sa ganitong reception. At natutuwa ko pong sabihing muli na kaya nating lumaban sa iba’t-ibang bansa,” she said as she recalled her epic feat four days ago that ended the country’s 20-year dry spell in the Olympic Games.

“Sa susunod po (2020 Tokyo Olympics), hindi na ako makukuntento nang silver medal lang,” said Diaz, 25, whose pronouncement was greeted by resounding applause from most of those present at the affair.

The Tokyo Games, if ever, would be her fourth straight Olympics. She also saw action in the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics.

Asked what she would do with the P5 million bonus she will get under Republic Act 10699, the new incentives law, Diaz said she would buy a 300-square meter lot near their home in Zamboanga and build a weightlifting gym for promising lifters in their area of Mampang.

“Gusto ko rin ma-share ‘yong mga natutuhan ko sa iba at mabigyan din sila ng isang magandang kinabukasan,” said Diaz, who was discovered by Philippine Weightlifting Association vice president Elbert Atilano carrying pails of water from the neighborhood pump as a kid.

Maj. Gen. Rossanno Briguez, the most senior Air Force official at the briefing, said Diaz will also be cited and in line for a “meritorious promotion.”

She will also receive a surprise gift “which will be known and awarded by Air Force Chief Lt. Gen. Edgar Fallorina” on Aug. 18 at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City.

The United Emirates flight from Dubai carrying Diaz and coach Alfonsito Aldanete was supposed to arrive at 4:30 p.m. but touched down at the Ninoy International Airport an hour later.

Meeting Diaz at the NAIA Terminal 3 lounge were a group led by Diaz’s parents, Eduardo and Emelita, who were flown in from Zamboanga City.

“Nakaka-touch naman na nandito ang mga parents ko,” she said of the pleasant surprise that met her at the airport.

Also present to welcome her were Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco, Zamboanga City Congressmen Celso Lobregat, Jose Manuel Dalipe and, Atilano.

Arriving later was Sen. Sonny Angara, one of the principal authors of Republic Act 10699.

From the airport, Diaz’s entourage was scheduled to leave at 7:45 p.m. aboard a Cebu Pacific flight to Davao.

The athlete and her party were set to be whisked off to the Presidential guest house in Panacan, the so-called “Palace of the South” where President Duterte was waiting for her.

The chief executive was likely to hand to Diaz a check for P5 representing her incentive, which PSC chief Butch Ramirez said was already prepared by the PSC.

Climaco said a “grand welcome” awaits Diaz when she arrives at the Zamboanga City Airport at 2 p.m. today where she will be met by Brig. Gen. Domingo Palsioc Jr. the 3rd Air Division Commander.

“We will have a motorcade around Zamboanga City, pass through city hall where the city council will give her P500,000 incentive, then pass by her alma mater at the Universidad de Zamboanga,” Climaco said. “We will proceed to Fort del Pilar since her parents our devotees of the Nuestra Senora del Pilar before heading home to their house in Mampang.”


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LOOK James Yap posts first photo of Baby Michael James Published August 9, 2016 3:09pm


James Yap posts first photo of Baby Michael James

PBA superstar James Yap on Tuesday posted the first picture of his newborn baby boy with girlfriend Michella Cazzola.

Baby Michael James was born at St. Luke's Medical Center at Bonifacio Global City on Monday.

The baby, the first for James and Michella, weighed 6.5 lbs.

The couple had planned to get married after the baby's birth. —JST, GMA News

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The Italian beauty also posted a photo.

"We are near! ???? Thank you so much Charisse @niceprintphoto for the super fun photoshoot, beautiful photos as always, love you guys!" she wrote on the caption.

Last month, friends and family members joined a baby shower for Michella. The couple plans to get married after the birth of their baby this month. —JST, GMA News

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JAMES Yap and Michela Cazzola

Basketball star James Yap of Star Hotshots and Italian girlfriend Michela Cazzola have announced in their baby shower that their firstborn will be named Michael James.

The event was held at the Le Jardin French Restaurant, Penthouse of W Building at the Fort in Taguig City last June 18. It was hosted by television personality Christine Bersola-Babao.

Among the guests during the baby shower were Mark Cardona, Joseph Yeo, and Jason Webb.

Yap, 34, has been in a relationship with Cazzola since 2012 after the annulment of his marriage with TV host-actress Kris Aquino.


Later on, the couple opened the gifts. James is excited to have Baby Michael James try these onesies on.

This will be Cazzola’s first baby. She is set to give birth in six weeks, after she confirmed her pregnancy in February.

Cazzola is an Italian who works as an executive at the Asian Development Bank in Mandaluyong City.


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Yap, two-time Philippine Basketball Association Most Valuable Player (PBA MVP), has a son with Aquino and another child with an ex-girlfriend.


James Yap with his son Baby James, super love these photos, a father and son bonding together. Will Baby James will be the next Mvp?

In an Instagram post on Feb. 25, Aquino said that it was best for her to “just keep quiet” about the issue of Cazzola’s pregnancy and that their son Bimby was okay. “That’s what matters to me.”

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Kris won't comment on pregnancy of James Yap's GF ABS-CBN News Posted at Feb 26 2016 11:23 AM | Updated as of Feb 27 2016 12:27 AM

MANILA - TV host Kris Aquino took to social media to express her love for her youngest son following reports that her ex-husband, basketball player James Yap, and his Italian girlfriend are expecting a baby.

In an Instagram post on Friday, Aquino said James "Bimby" Yap Jr. will "always have 100% of my heart and kuya's heart," referring to her eldest son, Josh.

Aquino acknowledged the remarks made by her fans regarding the pregnancy of Yap's girlfriend, Michela Cazzola, but the TV host opted to "keep quiet" because it is "the proper thing for me to do."

"I read some of your comments, the proper thing for me to do is just keep quiet," she said. "Bimb's okay and that's what matters to me."

Aquino previously revealed that she had a misunderstanding with Yap, who is Bimby's father.

(READ: Why Kris Aquino took a leave from social media)

Yap has been in a relationship with Cazzola since 2012, after his marriage to Aquino was annulled.

Aside from his son with Aquino, Yap has another child with an ex-girlfriend.


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