On July 28, weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz finally ended the near century-long wait for Olympic gold for a nation that first competed in the Games in 1924. This unparalleled achievement that sparked Filipino pride and confidence prompted Ayala Foundation to bestow her the “Atletang Magiting” honor, which is under the Maging Magiting recognition program of the foundation’s numerous efforts to promote love of country.
As Atletang Magiting, Diaz will also receive a top of the line Kia Stonic compact crossover as a gift of gratitude from AC Motors and Kia Philippines.
The Ayala group’s support for Philippine weightlifters including Diaz dates back to 2016, when the Bank of the Philippine Islands turned over training equipment for the Hidilyn Diaz Weightlifting Gym in Zamboanga City. In 2018, Ayala Land turned over a check donation to the members of the Samahang Weightlifters ng Pilipinas.
Through the Maging Magiting campaign, Ayala Foundation calls on Filipinos to take pride in the country’s heritage and identity, by giving honor to national emblems such as the flag, while also embodying the call for everyone to be heroes in his or her own ways.
As the social development arm of the Ayala group of companies, the 60-year old Ayala Foundation envisions communities where people are creative, productive, self-reliant, and proud to be Filipino. Ayala Foundation is committed to community development, working closely with communities in identifying compelling developmental needs and providing suitable solutions with measurable outcomes. It implements programs under the following themes: Education, Sustainable Livelihood, and Love of Country.
Charles E. Buban is an old timer in the Philippine automotive journalism scene. He first started covering the automotive beat in 2003, writing news and reviews of new models and car tech, among other car-related stuff. When not writing about cars, he could often be seen riding his mountain bike or doing long walks in the hope of catching a couple of legendary Pokemons.