Olympic boxing silver medalist Nesthy Petecio fulfilled a promise that her family will be the first to receive the financial blessings from her historic run in the Tokyo Games.
Petecio, the first Filipina boxer to win an Olympic medal, said she had already put all the properties rewarded to her under the names of her siblings.
"Sa matatanggap ko po sa mga bahay na ibibigay, sa condo, nakapangalan na po sa mga kapatid ko," Petecio, who won the women's featherweight silver in the Tokyo Games, said in the Philippine Sportswriters Association forum.
(The houses and condominium units I'll be receiving are already named under my siblings.)
The 29-year-old boxer from Davao del Sur was fueled by her dream of providing a better life for her family, including her nieces and nephews.
She did not want them to go through the same hardships of living under a rambutan tree with a roof made of tarpaulin materials.
"Ayaw ko maranasan ng pamangkin ko na nakatira lang po kami sa mga trapal sa puno ng rambutan po, so gusto ko maganda 'yung bahay na matuluyan nila," shared Petecio.
(I don't want my nieces and nephews to go through living under a rambutan tree with a tarpaulin for a roof. I want them to live in a nice house.)
Petecio tearfully shared that all her earnings will go to her family's needs first before her own because she wants her parents to experience the life they couldn't have in the past.
"Sa mga incentives na makukuha ko, nakalaan iyon sa mga magulang ko, sa pamilya ko. Pag okay na po sila, pag nakita ko na di na nila ako kailangan para i-suporta sila saka po ‘yung sarili ko, 'yung mga gusto ko," said Petecio.
"So sila po muna. Sila po ang dahilan bakit nandito po ako ngayon, na bakit po nagsisikap ngayon."
"‘Yung plano ko talaga is maranasan ng mama at papa ko ‘yung mga gusto nila maranasan dito sa mundo bago sila mawala kasi dadating po lahat tayo doon," she added.
(The incentives I will receive will go to my parents and my family first. If they're okay and I see that they do not need me to support them, then my own needs will come. It will be them first because they are the reason why I'm here and why I'm working hard. My plan was really to have my parents experience what they have never experienced before they pass because we'll all get to that point.)
Petecio has been promised to get P24 million in cash as of Tuesday from the government and business tycoons alongside other rewards like residential properties and free flights.
The 2019 world champion fell to Japanese Sena Irie in the gold medal match of the women's featherweight event in the Tokyo Olympics.
More commonly known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Philippine sports governance, national teams, football, and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.