TAGAYTAY CITY — Rewards continue to flow for the Olympic medalists as a leading car manufacturer and the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) handed them their respective incentives for a job well done in the Summer Games in Tokyo.
United Asia Automotive Group Incorporated (UAAGI) turned over the Foton Transvan it promised to gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz while giving Chery Tiggo 2 Crossover and Foton Gratour to silver medalists Nesthy Petecio and Carlo Paalam, respectively, in a simple turnover ceremony Wednesday at the Windy Ridge Hotel here.
UAAGI president Rommel Sytin also handed a P300,000 reward to Eumir Marcial for claiming a bronze medal in the men’s middleweight event of the Olympics.
Sytin said he hopes the athletes will do well in their future campaigns and inspire the next generation of stars to bring glory to the country.
“A lot of people want to meet you and that’s good. What is important is that you impart your wisdom to the next generation,” said Sytin, a distinguished businessman who owns the Chery Tiggo volleyball team in the Premier Volleyball League.
The POC also formally delivered the house and lot package it promised to the four athletes who gave the country its first Olympic medals since Mansueto “Onyok” Velasco clinched a silver in the Atlanta Olympics in 1996.
POC president Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino led the groundbreaking ceremony to signify the start of the construction of the houses that would be given to Diaz, Petecio, Paalam and Marcial.
The lots are 220 square meters while the houses are 84 square meters, single-detached units with two bedrooms and an attic. They are located in Isabel Heights in Barangay Kaybagal Central in Tagaytay City, where Tolentino stands as lawmaker.
Construction started last Tuesday and is expected to finish by December. Each house costs P5 million.
Once completed, the three boxers as well as Diaz will be living next to each other in a location appropriately named Olympic Lane.
Diaz, who claimed the country’s first Olympic medal since 1924, emerged as the biggest winner as she already has an incentive package that already surpassed the P50-million barrier.
Aside from the cash incentives from the government and private sectors, she was also given a P14-million residential unit by Megaworld Corporation as well as few perks from airline and petroleum companies.
The Olympic heroes also attended a thanksgiving mass at the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Cavite together with Tagaytay City Mayor Agnes Tolentino and Cavite Bishop Reynaldo Evangelista.