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Hidilyn Diaz on Olympic gold dreamers: 'The more the merrier'

Sep 07, 2018 - 9:03 AM

Hidilyn Diaz feels happy that Asian skate queen Margielyn Didal is also aiming for an Olympic gold

GIRL POWER. Hidilyn Diaz is happy that Margielyn Didal also shares the same Olympic gold dream as her. Photo by Alvin Brian Go/Rappler

Asian Games gold medalists get additional P1M bonus

Sep 05, 2018 - 5:11 PM

Double gold medalist Yuka Saso is set to receive the biggest cash windfall of P9.33 million in total incentives

GOLDEN GIRLS. Filipino female athletes (clockwise from top left) Yuka Saso of golf, Hidilyn Diaz of weightlifting, the women's golf team, and Margielyn Didal of skateboarding deliver the gold for the Philippines. Photos by Asian Games media pool (golf), Money Sharma/AFP (Diaz), Philippine Sports Commission (Didal) and Asian Games 2018 Twitter (gold medal)

Pinay athletes deliver 70% of PH medal haul

Aug 31, 2018 - 10:29 AM

POC president Ricky Vargas says he's impressed that 12 of the Philippines' 18 medals came from Filipina athletes in the 2018 Asian Games

GOLDEN GIRLS. Philippines' gold medal haul is led by Yuka Saso, the women's golf team, Margielyn Didal and Hidilyn Diaz. Photos by Asian Games media pool (golf), Money Sharma/AFP (Diaz), Philippine Sports Commission (Didal) and Asian Games 2018 Twitter (gold medal)

Hidilyn Diaz considered retirement before Asiad triumph

Aug 30, 2018 - 1:17 PM

After sacrificing so much, the Filipina weightlifting star almost hung up her spurs after bagging silver in the 2016 Olympics

CHAMP. Hidilyn Diaz is given a hero's welcome by the Philippine Air Force for her gold-winning stint in the 2018 Asian Games. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler


PH golden girl Hidilyn Diaz got a fan in Chris Tiu

Aug 24, 2018 - 12:02 PM

The veteran Gilas guard reveals he has been following the weightlifting star's career way back in the 2012 London Olympics

INSPIRATION. Chris Tiu draws inspiration from the Philippines' Asian Games gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz. Photos from Asian Games website (Tiu) and Money Sharma/AFP (Diaz)

WATCH: Hidilyn Diaz on journey to Asian Games gold

Aug 22, 2018 - 8:16 PM

It was pure hard work and grit that have kept the Philippine weightlifting star on top

Snappy salute: PH hails Hidilyn Diaz for Asian Games lift

Aug 22, 2018 - 6:30 PM

Netizens say Hidilyn Diaz's golden feat eases the pain of the basketball team's 2-point loss against China

TRIUMPHANT. Hidilyn Diaz celebrates at the podium during the victory ceremony for the women's 53kg weightlifting event. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

I miss cheesecake! Hidilyn reveals sacrifice on path to glory

Aug 22, 2018 - 1:44 PM

After all the hard work, the country's weightlifting star hopes to indulge in a guilty passion

TEARFUL. Hidilyn Diaz turns emotional after winning the Philippines' first gold medal in the 2018 Asian Games. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Imee Marcos on Martial law, Donald Trump, Asian Games | Midday wRap

Aug 22, 2018 - 12:08 PM

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Golden delight: Hidilyn Diaz bags first PH gold

Aug 22, 2018 - 9:34 AM

The weightlifting star's gold-winning performance propels the Philippines to 14th place in the 2018 Asian Games on Tuesday, August 21

FIRST GOLD. Hidilyn Diaz nabs her first ever Asian Games gold medal. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Hidilyn Diaz gold worth P6M

Aug 22, 2018 - 12:10 AM

Another cash windfall awaits the Philippine weightlifting standout after reigning in the 2018 Asian Games

TRIUMPHANT. Gold medal winner Hidilyn Diaz of the Philippines (center) celebrates at the podium with silver medalist Kristina Shermetova of Turkmenistan (left) and bronze winnerKhambao Surodchana of Thailand. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Hidilyn Diaz gives PH first 2018 Asian Games gold

Aug 21, 2018 - 8:10 PM

The Olympic silver medalist delivers a golden performance with a total lift of 207 kg


GOLD. After 4 bronze medals, the Philippines wins its first gold in the 2018 Asian Games thanks to Hidilyn Diaz. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Pressure hardly weighs down Hidilyn Diaz

Aug 21, 2018 - 8:19 AM

The 2016 Olympic silver medalist stays focused on her bid to bring home an Asian Games gold

COMEBACK. Hidilyn Diaz hopes to show that she's still among Asia's best.

Hidilyn Diaz's success inspires rising Filipina weightlifters

Jun 28, 2018 - 9:00 PM

Rosegie Ramos and Jane Linette Hipolito are looking to follow the footsteps of the country's only female Olympic silver medalist

INSPRIATION. Hidilyn Diaz takes responsibility of guiding the young weightlifters who are the future of Philippine sports. Photo by Goh Chai Hin/AFP

Hidilyn Diaz assured of 2018 Asian Games slot

Jun 04, 2018 - 6:21 PM

The Olympic silver medalist will don the country's colors again after missing the 2017 SEA Games

ASIAN GAMES RETURN. Hidilyn Diaz will return to the Asian Games for the first time since 2006. Photo from EPA.

How do these ‘smooth’ athletes step up their game?

Feb 12, 2018 - 10:54 AM

Stephen Curry, Simone Biles, Lionel Messi – these Hall of Famers make winning look so effortless.

Hidilyn Diaz misses SEA Games, looks forward to 2019 edition

Aug 28, 2017 - 9:58 PM

The 26 year old was denied a chance to give the Philippines a gold medal after host Malaysia scrapped women s weightlifting from this year s Southeast Asian Games

MISSING SEA GAMES. Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz admits she misses the SEA Games atmosphere. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

Hidilyn Diaz dreams of seeing weightlifting at Palarong Pambansa

May 02, 2017 - 11:44 PM

The potential inclusion of weightlifting in Palaro is currently still in initial discussions stage

WEIGHTLIFTING AT PALARO? Filipino Olympic weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz hopes to see her sport at Palarong Pambansa. File photo by Goh Chai Hin/AFP

Student-Olympian: Hidilyn Diaz balances training and her studies

Jan 13, 2017 - 3:18 PM

The silver medalist is taking up business at CSB while preparing for the 2020 Olympics

SILVER SMILE. Hidilyn Diaz waves and smiles after a successful lift. She was the first Filipina to earn an Olympic medal. Photo by Goh Chai Hin/AFP

Soon: Tax incentives for those who help Filipino Olympic medalists

Dec 24, 2016 - 7:14 PM

A House bill seeks to give tax exemptions and deductions for individuals and corporations who give donations grants and more to Filipino Olympic medalists

SILVER SMILE. Hidilyn Diaz waves and smiles after a successful lift. She was the first Filipina to earn an Olympic medal. Photo by Goh Chai Hin/AFP

The 2016 Rappler Sports Awards

Dec 20, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Through these awards the Rappler Sports team honors the achievements of Filipino athletes and remember the iconic – and even questionable – moments of the past year

5 surprises that made 2016 awesome

Dec 06, 2016 - 12:05 PM

Good things did happen this year Here are some unexpected positive highlights that made us smile

LOOK: Jane Oineza as Hidilyn Diaz on 'MMK'

Sep 23, 2016 - 10:03 PM

Jane Oineza is set to play the Filipino Olympic medalist Hidilyn Diaz

JANE OINEZA. Jane Oineza plays Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz in the upcoming episode of 'MMK.' Screengrab from YouTube/ABS-CBN Entertainment

IN PHOTOS: Olympic medalist Hidilyn Diaz watches UAAP live for first time

Sep 14, 2016 - 7:10 PM

Diaz watches courtside with her parents and gamely cheers for La Salle

ANIMO. Olympian Hidilyn Diaz cheers for De La Salle University during a UAAP game against University of Santo Tomas. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

LOOK: Hidilyn Diaz receives Congressional medal, monetary award

Aug 25, 2016 - 11:45 AM

The Olympic silver medalist receives P1 5 million collected in donations from at least 260 congressmen

Hidilyn Diaz silver medalist in 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil receives a Congressional Medal of Distinction and a monetary award of P1.5 million from House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez during the first regular session of the 17th Congress at the Batasang Pambansa Plenary Hall on Wednesday. Photo by: JOEL LIPORADA

Hidilyn Diaz, other ASEAN Olympic medalists get free AirAsia flights

Aug 24, 2016 - 4:00 PM

The 18 Olympic medalists from Southeast Asian countries will get free flights from AirAsia either for life gold for the next 5 years silver or for 3 years bronze

Philippine silver medallist at the Rio Olympics, Hidilyn Diaz shows her medal during a press conference as she arrives at the Manila International Airport in Manila on August 11, 2016.  Diaz is the country's first Olympic winner in 20 years. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

#AskTheTaxWhiz: Is there tax on prizes for our sports heroes?

Aug 22, 2016 - 6:30 PM

A reader asks if sporting icons like Manny Pacquiao and Hidilyn Diaz get tax exemptions and if winners of local tournaments need to pay tax on their prizes

Armed Forces to honor Olympic medalist Hidilyn Diaz

Aug 20, 2016 - 4:15 PM

The celebratory tour continues for Hidilyn Diaz the country s first Summer Games medalist in 20 years

IN PHOTOS: Hidilyn Diaz visits Senate, gets reward from Pacquiao

Aug 17, 2016 - 9:30 PM

Hidilyn Diaz s victory tour continues with an appearance at the Senate and a visit with Manny Pacquiao

Filipino weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz visits the Philippine Senate where she was recognized and honored for bagging the silver medal at this year's Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Sen. Manny Pacquiao entertains the Olympic silver medalist at his Senate Office where she was given a financial reward (undisclosed amount).

Drilon-Pacquiao 'debate' draws laughter in Senate session

Aug 17, 2016 - 7:30 PM

I will answer questions if he Drilon can survive 3 rounds of boxing Senator Manny Pacquiao jokes when asked to respond to questions from Senate President Pro Tempore Franklin Drilon

'DEBATE.' Senate President Pro-Tempore Franklin Drilon and neophyte Senator Manny Pacquiao engage in a light exchange on Wednesday, August 17. Photo by Joseph Vidal

IN PHOTOS: Medalist Hidilyn Diaz meets President Duterte

Aug 12, 2016 - 5:49 PM

It s been an eventful past week for the Olympic silver medalist from Zamboanga

Hidilyn Diaz receives P500K incentive from Zamboanga City - report

Aug 12, 2016 - 5:38 PM

The Olympic silver medalist had previously been granted separate bonuses of P5 and P2 million pesos

Hidilyn Diaz gets additional P2M incentive from Duterte

Aug 12, 2016 - 12:49 AM

Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz gets a surprise bonus during a courtesy visit with President Rodrigo Duterte in Davao

COURTESY CALL. Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz (L) meets with President Rodrigo Duterte (R) after arriving in the Philippines from Brazil Thursday. Photo by Manman Dejeto

Hidilyn Diaz targets gold at 2020 Olympics

Aug 11, 2016 - 8:09 PM

Diaz the newest hero in Philippine sports returns to the country on Thursday

LOOK: Hidilyn Diaz's P5 million check for earning Olympic silver

Aug 11, 2016 - 6:55 PM

Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz won t have to wait long to receive her bonus after ending the country s 20 year medal drought

INCENTIVE. Hidilyn Diaz's P5 million check for earning a silver medal in Rio is ready and waiting for her. Photo from Charles Maxey's Facebook

THROWBACK: Hidilyn Diaz carries PH flag at 2012 Olympics

Aug 10, 2016 - 7:27 PM

Before Hidilyn Diaz won the Philippines first Olympic medal in 20 years she carried the flag at the 2012 Olympics in London

THROWBACK. Hidilyn Diaz (bottom left) did the honors for the Philippines at the opening ceremony in 2012. Photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Hidilyn Diaz flies home as hero's welcome awaits

Aug 10, 2016 - 2:15 PM

Weightlifter Diaz the Philippines first medalist in 20 years will return to the Philippines as a conquering hero after earning silver in Rio

epa05462511 Hidilyn Diaz of the Philippines competes during the women's 53kg category of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Weightlifting events at the Riocentro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 07 August 2016. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

PH long jumper Torres-Sunang takes cue from silver medalist Diaz

Aug 10, 2016 - 1:37 PM

Marestella Torres Sunang like Hidilyn Diaz is in her third Olympics She s hoping the third time is the charm for her as well

LONGEST JUMP. Marestella Torres-Sunang is now a 3-time Olympian with hopes of finally making her mark on the world stage. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Supreme Court, shame campaign, Hidilyn Diaz | 6PM wRap

Aug 09, 2016 - 7:38 PM

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Hidilyn Diaz to get P5M, other benefits required by law

Aug 09, 2016 - 4:52 PM

Senator Manny Pacquiao chairman of the Senate sports committee is set to conduct an inquiry into the government s failure to give incentives to winning athletes as mandated by law

SILVER. Hidilyn Diaz makes history as a silver medalist for the Philippines at the Rio Olympics. Photo by Nic Bothma/EPA

Pacquiao to personally give cash reward to Hidilyn Diaz

Aug 09, 2016 - 3:15 PM

The world boxing champion declines to divulge the amount he plans to give the Olympic medalist since it would come from his own pocket and not public funds

REWARD. Senator Manny Pacquiao is set to give financial incentive to Filipina weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz for winning silver in the Olympics. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Hidilyn Diaz leads rally cry for additional Olympic medals

Aug 09, 2016 - 2:55 PM

The Olympic silver medalist hopes the remaining 7 athletes can secure the Philippines biggest medal haul since 1932

SILVER. Hidilyn Diaz has become the toast of Philippine sports with her silver medal finish. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Meet Alfonsito Aldanete, the weightlifting coach who helped Diaz win silver

Aug 09, 2016 - 12:00 PM

Alfonsito Aldanete the Philippine team s Olympic weightlifting coach once aspired to be a boxer Now he s molding the next generation of PH lifters

epa05462666 Hidilyn Diaz (R) of the Philippines celebrates with her coach after winning the silver medal in the women's 53kg category of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Weightlifting events at the Riocentro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 07 August 2016. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Duterte to Hidilyn Diaz: 'I salute you'

Aug 09, 2016 - 11:25 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte has invited the Olympic medalist to Malacañang so he can personally thank her

'OVERJOYED.' President Rodrigo Duterte speaks to reporters on August 8, 2016 in Hotel Elena, Davao City. Photo by Manman Dejeto

After Rio loss, PH weightlifter Colonia looks ahead to Tokyo 2020

Aug 09, 2016 - 9:00 AM

The first time Olympian is already setting his sights on the next Olympics 4 years from now in Tokyo

Nestor Colonia of the Philippines competes during the men's 56kg category competition of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Weightlifting events at the Riocentro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 07 August 2016. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

PH weightlifter Nestor Colonia shuts down basher on Facebook

Aug 08, 2016 - 11:32 PM

Filipino Olympian Nestor Colonia slays in the comments section in response to criticism

Nestor Colonia of the Philippines competes during the men's 56kg category competition of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Weightlifting events at the Riocentro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 07 August 2016. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

WATCH: Hidilyn Diaz eats pizza after winning Olympic silver

Aug 08, 2016 - 10:08 PM

Diaz indulges herself in pizza and adobo after her Olympic success

epa05462707 Hsu Shu-ching (C) of Taiwan poses with her gold medal on the podium after winning the women's 53kg category of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Weightlifting events at the Riocentro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 07 August 2016. Hsu Shu-ching won ahead of second placed Hidilyn Diaz (L) of the Philippines and third placed Yoon Jin-hee (R) of South Korea. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Hidilyn Diaz to be awarded housing unit, P5 million for Olympic silver

Aug 08, 2016 - 7:54 PM

Hidilyn Diaz will also have her proposed weightlifting gym in Zamboanga sponsored by the PSC and a ticker tape parade on August 11

SILVER REWARD. Hidilyn Diaz will get a nice bonus for ending the Philippines' medal drought at the Olympics. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

For PH weightlifting legends, Hidilyn Diaz's silver a proud moment

Aug 08, 2016 - 6:00 PM

Many of the top Filipino weightlifters from the sport s golden era died in anonymity Hidilyn Diaz s Olympic silver brought tears to the eyes of surviving pioneers

Hidilyn Diaz hoped for Olympic bronze, feels blessed by silver

Aug 08, 2016 - 3:26 PM

That’s all I wanted a bronze medal But God gave me the silver medal says Diaz who ended the Philippines 20 year wait for its tenth Olympic medal

SILVER SMILE. Hidilyn Diaz waves and smiles after a successful lift. She was the first Filipina to earn an Olympic medal. Photo by Goh Chai Hin/AFP