Excellence Knows No Gender


August 30, 2018 | BY Isabel Martel Francisco

Golden Girls: all four gold medals won by Philippine athletes at the 2018 Asian Games have been courtesy of our outstanding female competitors.

The Philippines has not won this many gold medals at the Asian Games since 2006 in Doha. These outstandingly talented women, responsible for all four golds, have broken records and have made their country extremely proud.

The world of sports used to be strongly associated with men – much has changed. Today, when we think athlete, we don’t see gender but instead think of strong, dedicated, talented people who are inspirational role models – living proof of what occurs when you combine hard work with passion.

 Our Generation T lister, Hidilyn Diaz set the ball rolling by nabbing first place in her weightlifting category.

Next, these three top-notch golfers Yuka Saso, Lois Kaye Go and Bianca Isabel Pagdanganan won two golds and a bronze, combined. Saso earned a gold medal in the women’s individual tournament while Pagdanganan grabbed bronze. As a team, these ladies secured another gold medal for the country! Their winnings pushed the Philippine golf team up to the ranking of number 14 in the Asian Games! These three are well on their way to breaking even more barriers.

Most recently, Margielyn Didal nailed down the fourth gold for the Philippines in the games thus far, with a stunning showing at the skateboarding competition. At only 19 years old she has already set several records of her own. Didal is the first Filipino to be invited to the X games in the United States of America and the first Filipina to be part of the SLS Pro Open in England. 

These women serve as excellent examples of what every young Filipina, or any young woman for that matter, can achieve in her future.