Newly-minted Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz is going home to a grateful nation ready to heap her gifts of love and attention fit for a queen.


“Hidilyn is now easily the most accomplished Philippine Olympian—she’s not just a gold medal winner but also a multi-medal athlete who gave us hope and brought pride once more to our beloved country,” said Foton Philippines president Rommel Sytin who announced that Diaz will be driving home Foton’s top-rated 13-seater TransVan.
It was indeed, a historic Monday night  for the Philippines at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, with Diaz taking home the country’s first-ever Olympic gold medal in 97 years after topping the women’s 55-kg weightlifting event.


The 30-year-old Air Force sergeant also set an Olympic record in a close battle that came down to her last lift, hefting a combined weight total of 224 kilograms across two successful attempts. Diaz is now the most decorated Filipino Olympian in history with two recognitions under her name after previously winning a silver medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics.


“This epic moment is almost 100 years in the making—the Philippines first competed in 1924 Paris Olympics—and this is our way of saying thanks to Hidilyn,” added Sytin whose company offers a wide range of Foton brand of commercial vehicle selection from passenger vehicles, light duty trucks, medium duty truck, heavy duty trucks, and heavy equipment.


Apart from a Foton ride, at least P35.5 million in cash reward awaits Diaz. The National Athletes and Coaches Benefits and Incentives Act (Republic Act No. 10699) mandates a P10-million reward for Olympic gold medalists who competed in individual events.

In addition, the MVP Sports Foundation of businessman Manny V. Pangilinan also pledged to give an additional P10 million for the gold medal winner.


Also, business tycoon Ramon S. Ang is set to give P10 million for every gold in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics while athlete, sports patron, and Rep. Mikee Romero also promised P3 million each for the gold medal winners in Tokyo Olympics. Petroleum company Phoenix joined the fray by pledging P5 million and free fuel for life.


Just recently, Diaz’s hometown, Zamboanga City, said they will also reward the athlete with an additional P2.5 million.
But apart from these cash gifts, Diaz is also set to receive a residential condominium unit in Eastwood City worth P14 million from Megaworld Corp., the diversified property conglomerate of tycoon Dr. Andrew L. Tan, and also a house and lot worth P4 million from Century Properties. Earlier, Philippine Olympic president Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino also announced he is set to give her a house and lot in Tagaytay City.