Marawi’s determination is inspiration for Ironman Philippines medals
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 01, 2018 06:47 PM
The perseverance of the people of Marawi will serve as inspiration for each and every one of the triathletes taking part in the historic Ironman Philippines
SUBIC, ZAMBALES – One year since being a warzone between government troops and extremist rebels, Marawi is still standing and determined to move forward.
Such is the fighting spirit that the Philippines wants to put on a pedestal as it hosts its first-ever full-distance Ironman race on Sunday morning here.
To do so, the organizers of the historic Century Tuna Ironman Philippines have worked with the people of Marawi for the medals to be given to the race finishers. “We have collaborated with (the people) of Marawi to come up with medals that symbolize the Filipinos’ ironman spirit.,” artist Daniel Dela Cruz said in the pre-event press conference at the Subic Bay Convention Center.
He then continued, “For me, what I see (in the medal) is fire and heart – which is also what every triathlete needs to finish the race.”
This is the beautiful medal, by contemporary artist Daniel De Guzman, awaiting the participants in the finish line of the Philippines’ first full Ironman race. pic.twitter.com/9Yon5xnlE9— Normie Riego (@riegogogo) Hunyo 1, 2018
Dela Cruz, considered one of the country’s top sculptors at present, designed the medal while fully entrusting the design of the ribbons to the people of Marawi led by Salika Maguindanao. “It was a big honor for me to represent the country as a people through the medal,” he said.
He then continued, “But bigger praise should be given to Salika and (the people of) Marawi for their contribution.”
A year ago, Marawi, the capital of the province of Lanao del Sur, was rocked by months-long fighting between government troops and extremist rebels.
To this day, the aftermath of war could still be seen throughout the city.
Still, the people living there have done nothing but persevere.
And they have proven that, among many more instances, by doing their part in crafting 1, 200 finisher medals for the historic Ironman Philippines.
That is exactly why Dela Cruz is hoping that each and every triathlete will appreciate just how special their finisher medals are. “The Marawi people have gone through hardships yet with very minimal tools, they managed to create 1, 200 of these individually handwoven ribbons,” he shared.
He then continued, “So for all the triathletes, we hope you know that each and every medal you get is one of a kind.”
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