Hidilyn Diaz recognized as ‘Atletang Magiting’ by Ayala Foundation

  BY Ayala Foundation       July 29, 2021       ac motors, atletang magiting, Ayala group of companies, hidilyn diaz, kia philippines

For her record-making and record-breaking achievement at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Hidilyn Diaz, the first ever Filipino to win a gold medal at the quadrennial summer games, is considered a modern-day hero.

In a recent Instagram post, Diaz said: “Di ako makapaniwala na Gold Medalist ako sa Olympics. Kung ako lang ito, di ko ito magagawa parang impossible. Salamat God sa pagdala ng mga tao, government support, private support, pamilya, kaibigan at prayer warriors para magawa ko ito at maging possible.”

Hidilyn Diaz shares the story of her Olympic journey at the launch of Istorya ng Pag-asa at the Ayala Museum on November 25, 2016.
Photo courtesy Office of the Vice President.

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. In 2018, Ayala Land turned over a check donation to the members of the Samahang Weightlifters ng Pilipinas.

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Recognizing Diaz under the Maging Magiting program is part of Ayala Foundation’s sustained efforts to promote love of country. Through the Maging Magiting campaign, Ayala Foundation calls on Filipinos to take pride in our heritage and identity, by giving honor to our national emblems such as the flag, while also embodying the call for all of us to be heroes in our own ways.

Maging Magiting is also a recognition program, as can be seen in the Pulis Magiting X Pilipinong Magiting initiative, which was recently relaunched in six regions to recognize men and women in uniform who have shown extraordinary acts of heroism beyond the call of duty.

As “Atletang Magiting,” Diaz will receive a top of the line Kia Stonic as a gift of gratitude from AC Motors and Kia Philippines.

Hidilyn is Ayala Foundation’s first ‘Atletang Magiting’. She will receive a top of the line Kia Stonic SUV from Kia Philippines and AC Motors.

About Ayala Foundation

As the social development arm of the Ayala group of companies, 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. In 2021, Ayala Foundation celebrates its 60th year, affirming its Faith in the Filipino through partnerships and programs for community development.