Air Force lauds Hidilyn Diaz gold medal win in Asian Games

MANILA — Airwoman 1st Class (AW1C) Hidilyn Diaz’s strong passion to win has again brought honor to the nation and the Philippine Air Force (PAF) when she bagged the country’s first gold medal in the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia.

Diaz, a silver medalist in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, bagged the gold in the 53-kg category in weighlifting Tuesday.

“The PAF, led by our CGPAF (Commanding General,PAF) Lt. Gen. Galileo Gerard Kintanar (expresses) our congratulations to Airwoman 1st Class Hidilyn Diaz for once again (been hailed) as the strongest as she impressively bags the first gold medal for the Philippines in the 53kg category during the 2018 Asian Games Weightlifting event held at Jakarta International Hall A on August 21, 2018,” Air Force spokesperson Major Aris Galang said in a message to the Philippine News Agency late Tuesday.

He added that Diaz’s dedication and passion has made her an inspiration to Filipinos and to all PAF personnel.

“As part of the ‘Blue Team Family’, we give AW1C Diaz our snappiest salute for her discipline, perseverance and hard work that made her achieved another milestone in her career,” the PAF spokesperson pointed out.

Galang’s remarks were echoed by Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson Col. Edgard Arevalo in a message to reporters Tuesday.

“AW1C Diaz epitomizes the diligence, perseverance, hard work, and dedication not only of every airman, soldier, sailor, and marine, but of every Filipino who triumphs over all adversities and challenges,” he added.