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Palace lauds Hidilyn Diaz for giving PH 'pride, glory' in Olympic victory

Palace lauds Hidilyn Diaz for giving PH 'pride, glory' in Olympic victory

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang on Monday lauded Hidilyn Diaz for bringing “pride and glory” to the Philippines after bagging the country’s first Olympic gold medal.

at the Tokyo Olympics, beating China’s Liao Quiyun who finished with the silver medal and Kazakhstan’s Zulfiya Chinshanlo who claimed the bronze.

“The Palace congratulates Hidilyn Diaz for bringing pride and glory to the Philippines for winning the country’s first-ever Olympic gold medal (weightlifting women’s 55kg),” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement.

“Congratulations, Hidilyn. The entire Filipino nation is proud of you. Laban, Pilipinas!” he added.

In a separate Facebook post, Roque also wrote: “I heard you say, ‘Mabuhay ang Pilipinas’ – but I know I share everyone’s pride when I say, ‘Mabuhay ka, Hidilyn!’”

Congratulations, Ms. Hidilyn Diaz, for the Philippines’ first Olympic gold! I heard you say, “Mabuhay ang Pilipinas” – but I know I share everyone’s pride when I say, “Mabuhay ka, Hidilyn!”

Posted by Harry Roque on Monday, July 26, 2021

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