It's true: hard work pays off.
Hidilyn Diaz's first Olympic gold medal has given her another reason to feel giddy with delight.
Two airline companies have just given her a lifetime of free flights.
The 30-year-old Pinay weightlifter can start flying to over 140 destinations across Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and the United States, thanks to Air Asia.
The Malaysian airline company's chief executive officer Tony Fernandes said, "Amidst challenges and struggles as we go forth with recovery, Hidilyn reminds us that no matter how heavy the weight we are carrying, inner strength, perseverance, and a heart of gold will help us power through."
Likewise, as a way of saying "thank you to a true flag carrier," Hidilyn gets 80,000 free miles per year for life.
This makes her "not only the first Filipina Olympic gold medalist, but Philippine Airlines’ first forever flyer as well."
Earlier today, July 27, 2021, Megaworld announced another gift awaiting Hidilyn: a condo unit worth PHP14 million.
PHirst Park Homes, a "home buyer brand" of Century Properties, will also let her choose a house and lot in the following areas: Tanza and the newly launched General Trias City development in Cavite; Lipa City and Nasugbu, Batangas; San Pablo City and Calamba City, Laguna; Pandi, Bulacan; Magalang, Pampanga.
The company's president Ricky Celis said, "Hidilyn's story is every Filipino's story of struggle and perseverance amidst adversities. She even improvised her own weightlifting equipment out of bamboo sticks and water bottles in order to train with her limited resources."
There's also a lifetime free fuel from Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, Inc. plus PHP5 million from the oil company's chairman Dennis Uy, who is also the head of Siklab Atleta Pilipinas Foundation.
The additional PHP5 million makes Hidilyn's cash reward totals to PHP40.5 million.
- PHP10 million from the government
- PHP10 million from Ramon Ang
- PHP10 million from Manny Pangilinan
- PHP3 million from Deputy House Speaker Representative Mikee Romero
- PHP2.5 million from local city government of Zamboanga
Hidilyn conquered the women’s 55 kilograms weightlifting competition at the Tokyo Olympics on July 26.
She also set an Olympic record with her total lift of 224kg, beating China’s world-record holder Liao Quiyun, who finished with the silver medal at 223kg.