Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz arrives home
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 11, 2016 07:05 PM
The hero's welcome is just starting (Photo courtesy of Raoul Esperas).
With her parents and countrymen eagerly awaiting her return, Hidilyn Diaz came home to a buzzing NAIA Terminal 3, fresh from the Rio 2016 Olympics.
The 25-year old weightlifter rescued the Philippines from a 20-year medal drought in the Olympics.
Diaz followed up Mansueto "Onyok" Velasco's silver in boxing from 1996 in Atlanta with her second-place finish in women's weightlifting to become the first Filipina Oympic medalist.
Diaz, a member of the Philippine Air Force, was wearing her Airwoman's uniform, no less, was met by her comrades from the force at around 6 p.m.
But no welcome must have been warmer than that of her parents, Eduardo and Emelita. She immediately bestowed her silver medal to her mother, followed by an embrace.
"Sobrang saya ko. Gusto kong umiyak," said Hidilyn upon seeing her parents at the airport.
Diaz is expected to fly to Davao tonight to meet President Rodrigo Duterte for a courtesy call, and to, of course, show off her well-earned hardware.
"Excited akong ipakita kay President Digong ang medal," she said.