Two weightlifting scholars of the Alsons Power Hidilyn Diaz Program won four medals at the 2021 International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Youth World Championships in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Fourteen- year- old Jeaneth Hipolito bagged the bronze medal for the Philippines in the women’s 40 kg snatch. Hipolito lifted 52 kg in her third try for a podium finish in the snatch behind gold winner Turkey and Colombia which got the silver.
In the 45kg division, 16-year-old Rose Jean Ramos gave the Philippines two gold medals: one in the snatch and the other as the overall champion in the category. Ramos also won the silver in the clean and jerk behind Oliwia Drzazga of Poland.
Both young weightlifters, are among 15 “power scholars” from Zamboanga City under the Alsons Power-Hidilyn Diaz scholarship program spearheaded by the Mindanao-based power firm and Olympic gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz.
Alsons Power partnered with Diaz in 2016 to spearhead this scholarship program as part of the power company’s commitment to help provide more educational opportunities for young people in Mindanao. The partnership aims to produce world-class Filipino weightlifters and support the country’s efforts to continue winning gold in the Olympics and in other international sports competitions.
Speaking of the program Diaz had said, “I’m happy to see that more girls are going into weightlifting and aiming to become Olympic medalists as well. I am hopeful that weightlifting will grow with more kids getting into the sport not just from Zamboanga City but all over the Philippines.”
Alsons Power Group executive vice president Tirso G. Santillan, Jr. added, “We remain fully committed in helping our Alsons Power-Hidilyn Diaz scholars achieve their hopes and dreams. It has always been our mission to empower the young people of Mindanao through our scholarship programs.”
Alsons Power is Mindanao’s first private sector power generator with a portfolio of four power facilities serving over eight million people in 14 cities and 11 provinces in the Philippines’ second largest island.