Paalam assures silver medal after dominating win vs Japanese bet

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 5, 2021   •   732

Carlo Paalam won’t be saying goodbye to his bid for Olympic gold just yet.

The 23-year-old boxer continues to dominate the boxing scene after an upset win against Japanese bet Ryomei Tanaka in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Thursday (August 5).

Paalam won via unanimous decision, 5-0, at the semi-finals of the men’s flyweight division at the Kogugikan Arena.

He advances to the final round for a chance at the gold medal on August 7. AAC

 

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.

Duterte to give additional cash rewards to PH Olympians

Robie de Guzman   •   August 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has promised to grant additional cash incentives to Filipino athletes who successfully clinched medals in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Duterte made the announcement during the virtual courtesy call of the Philippine Boxing team shortly after their arrival from Japan on Monday.

The Philippine boxing team is composed of Nesthy Petecio, Carlo Paalam, Eumir Marcial and Irish Magno. The Filipino boxers brought home three medals in different weight divisions.

Paalam and Petecio both finished with silver medals at the men’s flyweight and women’s featherweight divisions, respectively, while Marcial secured the bronze medal in the men’s middleweight division.

Duterte said Paalam and Petecio will both receive additional P2 million from the Office of the President. Marcial will receive an additional P1 million while Magno will get P200,000.

The cash incentives from the Office of the President will be on top of the P5 million government reward for silver medalist and P2 million for bronze medalist as provided by the law.

“It is not an everyday occurrence that we receive such an honor from our citizens of the Republic of the Philippines,” the president said.

“You went to Tokyo to fight and I, well, say that you did your best and the Filipino people appreciates it, especially bringing honor to the country. You all won in that,” he added.

All other Filipino athletes who participated in the Tokyo Olympics will receive P200,000 each from the Office of the President, he added.

The Olympic medalists will also be conferred the Order of Lapu-Lapu and all those who competed in the Games will be given Presidential citations.

“That is [an] honor given by the Republic of the Philippines to those who have excelled in something and brought honor to the country,” Duterte said.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics is so far the most successful campaign for the Philippines, garnering the most number of medals since participating in the Games.

Aside from the medals brought by the Filipino boxers, Hidilyn Diaz produced the country’s first-ever gold in the women’s 55-kilogram weightlifting category.

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