Palace praises Paalam, other Filipino athletes for ‘best Olympic performance’

Published August 7, 2021, 1:59 PM

by Genalyn Kabiling

Take a bow Team Philippines.

Team Philippines at the Tokyo Olympics (Photo: Philippine Olympic Committee)

Malacañang has commended Filipino boxer Carlo Paalam for his silver medal finish and rest of the Filipino athletes for displaying the “best Olympic performance in history.”

The Philippines so far has collected four Olympics medals in the Tokyo Games, including a silver medal won by Paalam in his bout against his British opponent.

Earlier, the country earned its first ever Olympic gold medal after weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz dominated the women’s 55-kilogram competition in Tokyo. Filipina boxer Nesthy Petecio captured a silver medal while fellow boxer Eumir Marcial took home the bronze for the Philippines.

“The entire Filipino nation is very proud of the silver medal finish of Carlo Paalam in the Men’s Flyweight Boxing Competition in Tokyo,” Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said in a statement Saturday, August 7.

“Carlo’s road to the Olympics is the story of Filipinos – one filled with perseverance, sacrifice and hard work. May Carlo’s performance further serve as an inspiration to young generation of Filipinos,” he added.

Roque also extended the government’s gratitude to the rest of the Filipino athletes for their inspiring performance in the Tokyo Games.

“We are grateful to all the Filipino athletes who participated in the Tokyo Olympics for showcasing their world-class talent, representing the country, and uplifting the spirit of our people in these trying times of COVID-19,” he said.

“We thank you for giving the Philippines its best Olympic performance in history,” he added.

The Filipino Olympians are expected to receive incentives from the government when they return home in appreciation for the honor and pride they brought to the Philippines.