MANILA, Philippines – There's no better way to celebrate a double gold than to pay tribute to parents.
Blu Girl Francesca Altomonte posted on her instagram account a photo of her and brother Dino together with their mom, with a caption saying "Double gold for Mama."
View this post on Instagram Double gold for Mama #SEAGames2019 #WeWinAsOne A post shared by Francesca Altomonte (@chesaltomonte) on Dec 8, 2019 at 1:19am PST
Francesca, 27, is a member of the Philippine softball team since 2013, and has been a part of the national training pool since 2011. Dino, 22, is part of the Philippine baseball team since 2017.
In an interview with Rappler, Francesca shared the thrill of pulling off a rafe feat with her brother.
"We both played our hearts out today for our respective teams and it feels great to win on home ground and especially great to do it in front of family, friends, and supporters," she said.
Second of 6 children, with all girls playing softball and all boys playing baseball, Francesca shared how the journey to the biennial meet was like for their parents.
"They’re both super proud of us! They sacrificed just as much as we did and they’re the reasons why we are here."
Francesca also felt so proud that she had the chance to share the winning moment with her younger brother.
"We started playing for fun when we were younger and both fell in love with the sport. We never thought we’d both end up being on the national team," she said.
Francesca is a member of the Philippine Athletes Commission. She also delivered the oath of sportsmanship during the SEA Games 2019 opening ceremonies. – Rappler.com
Kaye Cabal leads Rappler’s Digital Communications team and has been with Rappler since 2014. Her interest in and dedication to social media grew deeper with her love and passion for Philippine sports. She is a BS Development Communication graduate of UP Los Baños.