RIO DE JANEIRO — There is no perfect gift for a mother on her birthday than an Olympic silver medal.
Diaz said she found it fitting that she won a silver medal in the Rio Games - the country's first medal in 20 years and the first ever by a Filipina athlete - on her mother’s birthday, August 7.
“Regalo ni God ‘yung pagkapanalo ko. Para sa nanay ko ‘yun,” said Diaz, whose mother turned 53 this year, incidentally the same number as her weight category of 53 kilograms.
Diaz bared how she misses not only her mother but her father Eduardo Sr., saying she hardly went home to Zamboanga during her buildup for the Olympics as she was either in Manila or in China for training.
She only saw them for a few days in May when her grandmother passed away, where she took the opportunity to vote in the national elections.
Diaz said she was greeted by her mother online.
“Nag-chat lang kami, sabi niya, naiyak siya sa kasiyahan,” said Diaz.
Diaz is expected to come home to a heroes’ welcome in Manila as she is set to come back on August 10. But she is looking forward to her trip back home in Zamboanga to celebrate fiesta.
“Ang last fiesta ko pa kasi, 2010,” said Diaz.