first_imgLATEST STORIES President Rodrigo Duterte excitedly announced in a speech late Tuesday that the country had broken its gold medal duck at the games with Diaz’s victory.READ: Hidilyn Diaz wins Philippines’ first gold medal in 2018 Asian GamesFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“Congrats @diaz_hidilyn U make us feel like crying tears of joy and pride too,” wrote Twitter user @yusufledesma.Vice-President Leni Robredo hailed her “story of triumph over adversity”, while the lifter earned a special citation from the Air Force. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Hidilyn Diaz of Philippines salutes at the podium during the victory ceremony for the women’s 53kg weightlifting event during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 21, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MONEY SHARMAThe Philippines saluted Asian Games gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz on Wednesday as the soldier-weightlifter gave the basketball-mad nation a lift after a heartbreaking hoops loss to China.Footage of the tearful Diaz, the silver medallist from the Rio Olympics, saluting the flag after Tuesday’s victory brought goosebumps to Filipinos following the Indonesia event.ADVERTISEMENT View comments PBA: Phoenix turns back Columbian in Abueva’s debut Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “We give (Airwoman First Class) Hidilyn Diaz our snappiest salute for her discipline, perseverance and hard work that made her achieve another milestone,” it said in a statement.READ: Hidilyn Diaz: ‘I miss cheesecake!’ Newspapers splashed photos of Diaz, 27, on their front pages.“Hidilyn Diaz’s gold medal feat obviously eased the pain of the men’s basketball team’s 2-pt loss against China,” @gerardmos posted on Twitter.Diaz, from a poor coastal village in the southern Philippines, began lifting weights by carting five-gallon (18 liter) jugs of water for her family to use for cooking, drinking and bathing.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal READ: Hidilyn Diaz strikes gold In 2016 she sprang a major surprise by winning the nation’s first Olympic medal in 20 years, a silver.Diaz now manages her new weightlifting gym and has been seeking greater support and better training facilities for the nation’s athletes.She now has her sights on the gold in the Tokyo Olympics in two years’ time, which is when she also plans to retire from the sport.With her latest victory, Diaz stands to receive at least five million pesos ($93,500) in cash incentives mandated by law and from donors, legislators said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more