Olympic gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz is all set to move in to her brand new house even as Olympic medalists Nesthy Petecio, Carlo Paalam and Eumir Felix Marcial will be spending Christmas this year as neighbors.
Diaz was pleased with the two-story house awarded to her by Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) President Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino, who gave the women’s weightlifting champion the keys to one of her multi-million rewards for capturing the country’s first Olympic gold medal.
“I am very grateful to Congressman Tolentino for this wonderful and blessed gift,” shared Diaz, whose parents—Eduardo and Emelita—were equally captivated with the house that sits on a 220-square meter lot with a total floor area of 168 square meters.
Diaz already has plans for her new property, saying she will put up a home gym there.
“This is where I’ll build my home gym,” Diaz told Tolentino as she toured the house inside serene Isabel Heights in Barangay Kaybagal Central. “I’ll keep the backyard as it is—that’s where we do the laundry.”
Diaz, though, remains unsure when she’ll be able to move in as she is focused on training for the world championships in Lima, Peru.
After a Thanksgiving Mass at the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish celebrated by Cavite Bishop Reynaldo Evangelista, OFS DD, and a hearty lunch, the Olympic medalists motored to Barangay San Jose. There, construction was ongoing for three housing units, each sitting on a 110-square meter lot, for silver medalists Petecio and Paalam and bronze medalist Marcial.
“This is a very previous gift,” said Petecio, who couldn’t hold her emotions and thanked Tolentino with a tight hug.
“These are for you, for your enormous effort, for bringing pride and honor to the country,” said Tolentino, who was accompanied in the daylong activity by Tagaytay City Mayor Dr. Agnes Tolentino. (JNP)