What does Hidilyn Diaz consider important investments?

Published October 27, 2021, 4:48 PM

by Jane Kingsu-Cheng

Shares other financial steps for a better future for every Filipino

“I’ve heard and seen so many athletes who, after their careers, didn’t know where to go after. They went after their ‘wants’ instead of their ‘needs.’ Nakakalungkot. I don’t want it to happen to me and to all the athletes after me,” Olympic gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz says at an intimate press conference with Banco de Oro, her latest endorsement. This is her advocacy—to increase awareness on financial education. 

Along with this is her dream of paying it forward with her weightlifting academy. “I hope to inspire Filipinos and the youth to join sports.”  Aside from the school, she also dreams of putting up a restaurant, a cafe, a hotel and airbnb. “Ambisyosa po ako,” she laughs. Taking up a business management course also opened up her eyes. “I learned a lot. It widened my mindset as a person, athlete, and businesswoman.”

She has a lot of plans lined up, and has learned to save while making the right moves. Almost 90 percent of her money is in BDO as she is taking her time in planning her next steps in terms of investing. She also reveals that she is interested in stocks and bonds, but she doesn’t have the time to focus on it, which is why she has a financial adviser from BDO who does it for her.

Nineteen years of weightlifting has brought her to this point in her life—all because of her hard work. “There’s no magic here,” she continues. “Dream high. That’s where I started. Nangarap din ako. Don’t think you’re not worth it just because you’re from the province. You need to believe.”

Confidence in oneself combined with the support of people have helped her along the way, she is now bearing fruits of a long journey of dreaming and hardwork. “Same with financial education. You need the help of other people. You need the assistance of BDO.”

“The worst investment as an athlete is to stay with people who don’t share the same goal as you. Masayang oras mo, especially as an athlete,” she reiterates.