RIO DE JANEIRO — Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz will arrive in Manila where a hero’s welcome awaits the newest Filipino sports hero on Thursday.
Diaz was set to leave the Olympic Village on Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time).
Philippine Olympic Committee first vice president Joey Romasanta said Diaz’s parents will be flown to Manila on a private plane owned by PLDT and Smart chairman Manny V. Pangilinan, whose network TV5 is the official television broadcaster of the Games in the country.
“Gagamitin daw ’yung eroplano ni MVP. ’Yun ang ipanghahatid sa Zamboanga,” said Romasanta, also Chef de Mission of the Philippine delegation to Rio.
The 25-year-old Diaz ended the country's 20-year Olympic medal drought when she won the silver in the women's 53 kg. class.