Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Hidilyn Diaz, Olympic medalist RIO 2016

Hidilyn Diaz, of the Philipines, competes in the women's 53kg weightlifting competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016. Diaz won the silver medal. 
RIO DE JANEIRO – Hidilyn Diaz has just turned into an instant millionaire.
Without her knowing it perhaps, the 25-year-old who came from humble beginnings is bound to receive more than what she has ever dreamed of.
For winning the silver medal in women’s weightlifting, Diaz will get P5 million from the government as part of the Incentives Act.
There’s more to come from the private sector.
She will be showered with gifts, including a house and lot from 8990 Deca Homes. Don’t be surprised if someone gives her a brand new car as well.
Endorsements will come around, and she will get paid – well.
A grand hero’s welcome. The list could go on and on.
“She’s made the country proud,” the Philippine Sports Commission said yesterday.
PSC chairman William “Butch” Ramirez had reported Diaz’s feat to MalacaƱang at 4:30 a.m. yesterday and is trying to arrange for a grand welcome not only for the Zamboanga lass but also for her fellow Olympians.
“I have informed the President, through Sec. Christopher Go, to welcome her and all the sports heroes,” Ramirez said.
Republic Act 10699, the amended Incentives Law, guarantees Diaz P5 million for her breakthrough silver medal in the Olympics.
“By law, she’s going to get P5 million from the government. A private corporation, 8990 Deca Homes, will give house and lot to the Rio Olympic medalists, too, as well as token gifts to other Olympians,” Ramirez said. READ MORE>>>>>>>

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

FIBA OQT: World No. 5 France bucks slow start to defeat Gilas Pilipinas

FIBA OQT: World No. 5 France bucks slow start to defeat Gilas Pilipinas: France registered a 93-84 victory over the Philippines in the opening day of the FIBA-Olympic Qualifying Tournament at the jampacked MOA Arena.

The French men's national basketball team proved why they are ranked fifth in the world.
Overcoming a hostile crowd, France registered a 93-84 victory over Gilas Pilipinas in the opening day of the FIBA-Olympic Qualifying Tournament at the jampacked Mall of Asia Arena on Tuesday.
Nando De Colo led France with 27 points, while his backcourt partner Tony Parker added 21 points.
"Tony Parker took the game over midway through the second quarter," Gilas head coach Tab Baldwin said.
Gilas got the headstart and led by as many as ten points during the first quarter of play but the French put the handcuffs on the home team in the second period, limiting the Philippines to just 13 points.
Baldwin said that once they lost the lead, the team "started looking for answers."
The Filipinos entered the payoff period trailing by eleven. The team took a mighty stand and trimmed the deficit to just four with over three minutes left to play, but France staged an 8-0 blast to put the game away for good.
Naturalized center Andray Blatche led the Philippines with 21 points, eight rebounds and three steals. Terrence Romeo and Jayson Castro added 19 and 14 points respectively.
President Rodrigo Duterte was in attendance and performed the ceremonial toss right before the game.