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Philippines At The Olympics 2012

The Philippines seems to be a total stranger to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. The Games started started in July 27 and will close on August 12 next week, with the name of the country never placed in the headline. The results may be disappointing but still, we have to be grateful that the delegates will come home safe and sound.

Filipinos were really not born for the greatest sports event in the world. North Koreans are even performing better than we are in the event. However, Filipinos are a leading sports brand in the International Olympic Committee-supervises Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games).

This year, Manny Lopez leads the Philippine team. One by one, each representative faced  a bitter failure to make it to the finals. The most notable defeat belongs to Hidilyn Diaz. The 21-year old athlete represented the country in weightlifting. She was the flag bearer of the Philippine delegation during the Parade of Nations. She was predicted to bring home a medal since she was previously sent to the Olympics in 2008. However, faithful fate was not hers. She "did not finish" the event.

As of yesterday, United States, China and Great Britain lead in the medal tally.

In history, the Philippines won 9 medals in all. Thanks to Teofilo Yldefonso, Simeon Toribio, Jose Villanueva, Miguel White, Anthony Villanueva, Leopoldo Serantes, Roel Velasco, and Mansueto Velasco. The last time the country won a medal was in 1996. The question: when will we win one again? Maybe next year.

During the administration of former President Gloria Arroyo, politicians challenged our delegates with a P1M reward in return of a Gold medal. However, no one made it leaving the politicians both dismayed and glad.

We still pay tribute to our courageous athletes in the 2012 Olympics. They are our heroes and inspiration to do better in the upcoming Olympics.

Mark Javier
Rachelle Ann Cabral
Rene Herrera
Marestella Torres
Mark Anthony Barriga
Danile Caluag
Tomohiko Hoshina
Brian Rosario Skeet
Jessica Lacuna
Jasmine Alkhaldi
Hidilyn Diaz

Christian is a Marketing Communications practitioner in Quezon City. He is an Igorot from Sagada, Mountain Province. To get in touch with him, please shoot an email to christianaligonow@gmail.com.


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