Airasia offers 5-year unli flights for Olympic silver medalist Petecio

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 3, 2021   •   436

AirAsia Philippines has congratulated Nesthy Petecio for winning the silver medal in the women’s featherweight division of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday (August 3).

To honor  Petecio for being the first Filipina boxer to win a medal in the Olympics, AirAsia pledged to give her 5-year unlimited flights for free.

“Congratulations Nesthy! You definitely punched your mightiest to win this recognition for the Philippines. Your victory is an inspiration to everyone battling the pandemic to continue and never give up on the fight no matter what,” AirAsia Spokesperson Steve Dailisan said in a statement.

Aside from providing lifetime unlimited flights for Gold Medal winners, AirAsia will also award those who win silver with 5 years of unlimited flights, and 2 years unlimited flights for bronze.

All the 14 Filipino athletes who competed in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will receive free 3 round trip tickets to any AirAsia domestic destinations.

“We hope the free flights would motivate our athletes to always go all the way for the gold and never stop dreaming big.  We look forward to flying Nesthy and all our other Olympic athletes as they go home to their respective families in the province after their grueling training,” Dailisan said.

AirAsia recently awarded Olympic gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz with Lifetime unlimited flights. AAC

Olympic medalists Hidilyn Diaz, Eumir Marcial receive awards from AFP

Robie de Guzman   •   August 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Filipino Olympians Hidilyn Diaz and Eumir Marcial, who both serve as soldier-athletes, were conferred military awards on Wednesday, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said.

In a ceremony at the AFP General Headquarters, Staff Sergeant Diaz received the Outstanding Achievement Medal with Second Bronze Anahaw Leaf for her gold-medal performance in the women’s 55kg category in weightlifting at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Diaz also received a plaque of recognition, the Philippine Flag and a simple token from the military leadership.

“What SSgt. Diaz has done was to bring hope and inspiration to millions of our fellow Filipinos, who up until this day continue to battle against the deadly COVID-19 pandemic,” said Lieutenant General Erickson Gloria, the AFP vice chief of staff.

Meanwhile, Sergeant Marcial was awarded the Chief of Staff, AFP Commendation Medal and Ribbon for his bronze-medal performance in the men’s boxing middleweight division.

The AFP also acknowledged other Olympians who also brought great honor to the country; Nesty Petecio and Carlo Paalam who both delivered silver medals in boxing.

As of July 2021, there are a total of 128 military athletes and coaches who compete in various sport events, of which, 23 are from the Philippine Army, 64 from the Philippine Air Force and 41 from the Philippine Navy.

Filipino Olympic medalists receive incentives from PH gov’t

Robie de Guzman   •   August 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino athletes who brought home four-medal haul from the recent 2020 Tokyo Olympics have received incentives from the government on Monday.

In a ceremony at Malacañan Palace , President Rodrigo Duterte gave the athletes their incentives as he congratulated them again for bringing pride to the country and uplifting the spirit of Filipinos amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“Your hard work, dedication and sportsmanship, even amidst the challenges in your training and competitions prior to the Olympics, are truly inspiring,” Duterte told the Olympians during the event.

“I am confident that you will get better and stronger in securing more victories in the future. Your success will continue to motivate many aspiring athletes and our Filipino youth to channel their energies into sports and other productive activities, keeping them away from the harmful vices,” he added.

Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, the country’s first-ever gold medalist, received P15 million from the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp., a housing unit from the National Housing Authority (NHA) and P3 million from the Office of the President.

She was also conferred the Presidential Medal of Merit.

Boxers Nesthy Petecio and Carlo Paalam, who both clinched silver medals, each received P5 million from the PSC, housing unit from NHA and P2 million from the Office of the President.

Bronze medalist Eumir Marcial got P2 million from the PSC, a housing unit from NHA and P1 million from the Office of the President

The Filipino boxers were also conferred the Order of Lapu-Lapu, Rank of Kamagi. The Order of Lapu-Lapu is given to persons in government or private sector who have rendered extraordinary service or have made exceptional contributions to the success of the President’s campaign or advocacy.

Other athletes who participated in the Tokyo Olympics will receive P200,000 and Presidential citations.

Boxer Mansueto “Onyok” Velasco, who copped the Philippines’ first silver medal in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, also received P500,000 from the Office of the President during the event.

Velasco was given incentive after he revealed that he has yet to get the P2.5 million pledged by some lawmakers when he brought home the medal in 1996.

Duterte assured that the government remains committed to providing full support to Filipino athletes, as he urged the PSC, Philippine Olympic Committee and other sports bodies to continue providing much-needed assistance to keep the country’s athletes at the elite level and attain greatness.

“The strength and excellence of our athletes in the international sports arena demonstrate the Filipino spirit of resilience and determination to succeed,” he said.

“Our Tokyo 2020 medalists and Olympians truly embody our greatness as a people and as a nation,” he added.

Olympians Petecio, Ando enlist in Coast Guard service

Maris Federez   •   August 19, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has enlisted Tokyo Olympics 2020 Silver Medalist Nesthy Petecio and Olympian Elreen Ann Ando into the Coast Guard service.

A PCG statement said Petecio and Ando took their oath at the National Headquarters, Port Area, Manila on Thursday (August 19) that was witnessed by Department of Transportation (DOTr) Sec. Arthur Tugade.

During his speech, Secretary Tugade expressed his gratitude to Petecio and Ando for applying to become part of the PCG even before they competed at the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

“Nesthy and Elreen, we welcome you in the ring of public service, especially in taking care of the safety and security of the Republic,” Tugade said.

Petty Officer Third Class (PO3) Petecio hailed from Santa Cruz, Davao del Sur. She graduated with a degree in Associate Arts of Hotel and Restaurant Management (AAHRM) at the University of Baguio in May 2019.

Before bagging the silver medal in the Tokyo Olympics, Petecio won the gold medal at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing in 2019 and competed at the Asian Games held in Incheon, South Korea in 2014. She also ranked second in the Women’s Featherweight (57 kilograms) Division at the AIBA World Rankings.

Meanwhile, Apprentice Seawoman (ASW) Ando, a resident of Cebu City, is currently taking up a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Criminology at Cebu University.

Before competing at the Women’s 64 kilograms Weightlifting Division in the Tokyo Olympics, Ando won a silver medal at the Asian Championship held in Uzbekistan early this year and another silver medal at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games 2019.

PO3 Petecio and ASW Ando will join the Coast Guard Special Service Office (CGSSO) – one of the PCG units at the National Headquarters.

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