Fresh from her win at the Women's 55kg category in weightlifting during the 31st Southeast Asian Games held in Hanoi, Vietnam, Hidilyn Diaz recognizes that her win was not just for herself but for all the Overseas Filipino Workers worldwide.
Hidilyn acknowledges that the plight and struggle of the Overseas Filipino workers are tougher, especially during the pandemic. Some lost their job and stayed in a foreign country to protect their families from potential infection while others had to double down and work two jobs to make ends meet - - - something that Hidilyn truly admires about her co-Pinoy.
“We take it day-by-day and we continue with our dreams. Talagang akma yung linyang we find ways eh. Hindi ka dapat bumitaw kase may paraan para maitawid ang buhay,” said Hidilyn who is a brand ambassador for BDO Unibank.
She also reminded everyone about the importance and value of prayers as well as support from family and friends to survive challenges in work, business, or international sports competitions.
“Iba kapag may nakakausap ka. May kasangga ako hindi lang yung coaching team ko kundi pati na rin friends ko. Napakalaking tulong nila. At syempre, hindi mawawala ang inspirasyon na galing sa aking pamilya at ang prayers ko kay God,” said Olympic and now SEA Games gold medalist.
Hidilyn candidly shared stories of how she herself would sometimes break down, cry, and question what she got herself into and how to solve things but she remained steadfast that she can overcome everything and that it will all be okay. This is how she was able to achieve her gold medals in weightlifting.