THE Olympic silver medal bagged by Hidilyn Diaz in the 2016 Rio Olympics is now part of the permanent collection of the Philippine Sports Museum near the Rizal Memorial Stadium along Adriatico Street.
Diaz handed the medal, along with the competition uniform she wore in Rio, to Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman William ‘Butch’ Ramirez on Wednesday at the agency’s office at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.
Diaz placed second in the 53kg division won by Hsu Shu-ching of Chinese Taipei.
Already on display at the museum are the silver medal of boxer Anthony Villanueva from the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, the bronze medals of swimmer Teofilo Yldefonso from the 1928 Amsterdam Games and 1932 Los Angeles Olympics, and boxer Leopoldo Serrantes’ bronze from the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
Eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao had also turned over several memorabilia for the museum.
Memorabilia from top Filipino athletes Mansueto ‘Onyok’ Velasco, Paeng Nepomuceno, Eric Buhain, Lydia De Vega-Mercado, Akiko Thomson-Guevara, Roel Velasco, Elma Muros-Posadas , Bong Coo, Arianne Cerdena, Leopoldo Cantancio, Mikee Cojuangco, Enrique Beech and Japoy Lizardo are also part of the collection.
Ramirez assured Diaz the silver medal will be safe at the Sports Museum.
“In behalf of the PSC, we will take care of your silver medal,” said Ramirez. “We will cherish it for the common good of the country and of the community of sports.
“We will handle it like the instruction of the President to guard you 24 hours a day and like a very precious jewel. We will take care of it like the way we took Hidilyn as a precious gem and being the Pearl of Philippine sports. We will assure you that your achievement will be shared to others like your illustrious Olympic medal,” Ramirez said.