Hidilyn Diaz: The Philippines’ Olympic Pride

Just recently, a Filipino woman brought pride to her country by earning a silver medal in weightlifting in the women’s 53 kg division during the 2016 Rio Olympics, the first medal in Summer Olympics for the country after 20 years. Diaz became the first ever Filipino woman to win an Olympic medal.

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Hidilyn Diaz is the fifth child to her parents, Eduardo and Emelita. She was introduced to weightlifting by her cousin, Allen Jayfrus Diaz. She went to the Universidad de Zamboanga, where she took up a course in computer science but stopped when she was in her 3rd year for she deemed it was not suitable for her and because it distracted her from her training.

In 2007, at the age of 16, Diaz was introduced to the former Philippine Sports Commission Chairman, Butch Ramirez. Although the Philippine Weightlifting Association was hesitant about recruiting Diaz because she was still very young, Ramirez found a great potential in her and was sent to China to train with all the other Filipino athletes.

In the 2008 Olympic Games, Diaz was the youngest competitor and was the 2nd Filipino weightlifter in the Olympics, and the 1st Filipino female to compete in that event. She was then 17 years old and competed in the 58-kg women’s division. Though she was the 11th out of 12 contenders, her performance gained praises and was seen as very promising considering her age.

Diaz also competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics and was recognized as the first female weightlifter from the Philippines to compete in consecutive Olympics. In the 2012 London Olympics, Diaz was the flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony. She contended under the coaching of Tony Agustin and beat her personal best in the snatch at 97 kg. However, she ended the competition with a DNF (Did Not Finish) result when she was unsuccessful after 3 attempts in her 118 kg Clean and Jerk.

In preparation for the 2016 Summer Olympics, Diaz intentionally lost weight to compete in the 53 kg category,  knowing that she’ll have more chances of winning a medal. During the competition, she was able to surpass her personal target and eventually won the silver medal in the event.

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Upon her return to the Philippines, Diaz was given a Hero’s Welcome and received incentives from the PSC, her city, and from the President himself.

Thank you Hidilyn Diaz! Viva Pinay!

Kids On Bikes 2016

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Are you are looking for a fun but inexpensive activity for you and your family before the summer officially kicks in? Gear up and get your kids’ bicycles ready for Kids On Bikes 2016, the first bike carnival competition in the country.

Kids On Bikes is a national fun race to promote good health and wellness for the kids, aiming to foster camaraderie, bonding, and fun for the whole family.

Supported by Unilab’s Growee, this event promotes good health and wellness for kids, because it is important for our kids to have strong bones and muscles. Most importantly, this event also aims to cultivate a fun bonding experience for the whole family.  It’s not enough for kids to just be tall, they have to be tough as well! Growee not only has CGF for maximum height, it also has Vitamin D for strong bones and strong muscles! With Vitamin D found in Growee, kids are not just tall, they’re tough too!

Mission

Kids On Bikes is a sports biking competition for kids. As a race to good health and wellness, this sports activity aims to promote discipline, good health, and sportsmanship for the kids. Kids On Bikes also fosters bonding, camaraderie, and fun for the whole family.

Vision

Kids on Bikes to be an annual race competition, declaring the biker kid of the year. Kids On Bikes will be massively promoted in schools and will have regional legs nationwide. This will be legitimized in to a national event campaign to be supported by the national and local governments.

Advocacy

Kids On Bikes aims to raise benefactions for the less fortunate children in our communities by endowing the kids with bikes. Together with our partners and supporters, we are able to expand our campaign of health and wellness for the kids.

Activity

Kids On Bikes is a national fun race to promote good health and wellness for the kids, aiming to foster camaraderie, bonding, and fun for the whole family.

Race Categories

    • Fun Ride – kids ages 3-5 years old : This is a no-competition fun race for the kids. A family activity where participants are joined by parents or guardians to play in a stress free and fun mini playground.

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    • Bike Relay – kids ages 6-8 years old : This is a team mini bike race competition where the kid and up to two family members compete with the other teams in a relay type of race.

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    • Main Race – kids ages 9-13 years old : This is the major bike competition. The kids will have a friendly competition where kids will race each other to be hailed as the “The Biker Kid Of The Year”.

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The Legs/Venues

  • March 06, 2016 at the SM Mall Of Asia Grounds (Opening)
  • March 19, 2016 at the Ayala Alabang Country Club
  • March 27, 2016 at the UP Diliman Grounds
  • April 09, 2016 at the SM Mall of Asia Grounds (Finale)

How To Join

It’s free and easy to join!

  • Register online at the Kids On Bikes PH Facebook page.  Like and Click the ‘Sign Up’ button.

http://www.facebook.com/KidsOnBikesPH

  • Just present a carton box of Growee 250ml (or 2 carton of Growee 120ml) in exchange for the Race Kit which consists of the following:
  1. Singlet jersey race
  2. First aid kit
  3. Water provision
  4. Snack provision
  5. Race map
  6. Race number sticker
  7. Kids on Bikes water jugs
  8. Certificate of participation
  • Bring your own bikes and gears.

A limited number of bikes & gears will be available for those without bikes.

  • Race to fun!

 

For more information, please visit/contact:

Kids On Bikes PH

Facebook.com/KidsOnBikesPH

www.kidsonbikesph.com

info@kidsonbikesph.com

0917-9042459

#kidsonbikes

The Filipino Pride in Sochi Winter Olympics 2014

The Philippines being a tropical country only has wet and dry season to contend with. So when 17-year old Michael Christian Martinez, lone Filipino contingent competed for the Men’s Single in the Sochi, Russia Winter Olympics 2014, lots of speculation came up. With only two ice skating rink in the country, Filipino figure skater had to make all the effort to train, practice and make it to the Winter Olympics.

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Michael Martinez’ flawless performances allowed him to move forward and landed third place in the preliminary event. The young athlete made his mark in the ice skating world with his amazing routines to Ernesto Lecuona’s Malaguena and was hailed by commentators for having such talent at a very young age.

His tropical background, youth and his impressive performances made young Michael an interesting subject for international media. And though he did not bag any of the coveted medals, he still made history as the very first figure skater from Southeast Asia who qualified for the Winter Olympics.

All throughout the competition, Michael has kept Filipino pride burning and served as an inspiration for many to pursue their dreams no matter how what happens. According to him, the attention and support he gets especially from his fellow Filipinos is very heart-warming. He’s set to train harder and qualify once again for the next Winter Olympics.