Hidilyn Diaz, the Philippines' first Olympic gold medalist, will receive another medal once she returns home.
The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) will award the weightlifting star a gold Medal of Valor after ruling the women's 55kg class in the Tokyo Games on Monday, July 26.
According to Republic Act 10699 or the expanded incentives act, winning an Olympic gold will merit a Medal of Valor on top of a monetary incentive of P10 million.
The PSC said that it has already prepared the piece of hardware for Diaz, who will become the first Filipino to receive the Medal of Valor as the country had never won an Olympic gold since joining the Games in 1924.
After she completes her mandatory quarantine, Diaz and her team are expected to pay President Rodrigo Duterte a courtesy call in Malacañang.
Rewards from private entities continue to pour in for Diaz as she saw her prize windfall breach the P50-million mark.
Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.