[WEIGHTLIFTING CHAMP HIDILYN F. DIAZ is a Facebook friend of my youngest daughter, Ma. Winnalee E. Young (“ALEE”). ALEE has asked me to write a FUN RHYME BLOG for HIDILYN. HAPPY BIRTHDAY HIDILYN! ALEE and the REST OF US IN THE YOUNG FAMILY- my wife DANG, and my other children SHAYNA, TONTON and CHESKA are all your avid fans. Photo at extreme left is that of ALEE; middle photo is that of HIDILYN F. DIAZ; and, the extreme right photo is that of myself with HIDILYN at the GABALDON Hall at the CLUB FILIPINO.]
Si Hidilyn F. Diaz1 ay isang pag-papatotoo,
Na tunay na magaling ang FILIPINO;
Bagamat siya ay PETITE, ngunit CUTE —
Malamang magaling na siyang mag- PARACHUTE2!
Tuwing siya’y mababanggit kung tratuhin sya’y parang batang paslit,
Kasi nga nama’y nang pumasok sa OLYMPICS3 siya’y namumukod na LIGHTEST;
Pero kwidaw kayo dahil siya lamang ang SOLO,
Na nakapag-“compete” ng CONSECUTIVE4 sa OLYMPICS hanggang RIO!
At damagundong na ngang tunay,
Ang ating si HIDILYN sa rurok ng TAGUMPAY;
Nang masungkit na po niya’y kumikinang na SILVER MEDAL…
Buong mundo’y talaga po namang natigalgal!
Subalit kung susumahin, dami na ang kanyang “accomplishment EPIC”,
Umani ng tatlong BRONZE MEDAL sa Houston, Texas5 po yaan;
Kaya’t sya’y nakakuha ng SLOT para sa RIO OLYMPIC,
Tuluyan na ngang bansa nati’y nag-sasaya’t nag-diriwang!
Kaming iyong nga LOYAL FANS, pati na rin ang DE LA SALLE6 —
Ay nananalangi’t taimtim na nagdarasal;
Makamit mong tuwina ang iyong mga ina-asam,
Upang patuloy ang iyong pag-usad ngayon ika’y isa ring FIRST CLASS AIRWOMAN7!
Sa iyong pag-“TE-TRAINING”, ay tunay na mag-ingat ka–
Upang ang angking mong lakas sana ay mag-TRIPLE pa;
Para kapag ikaw’y sumabak na sa 2020 TOKYO OLYMPICS,
Ikaw ay muling maging KAMPEON sa mundo, pati na rin sa KOMIKS8!
Malaking pasalamat sa INA at sa AMA mo9,
At nagawa nilang arugain ko nang TODO;
Sana kung ikaw sa FUTURE ay magkaroon ng SUPLING,
Dapat ay sing-galing mo at may LOVE FOR COUNTRY na FEELING!
Kaya ngayon kaming lahat ay SALUDO sa iyo,
Ikaw ang siyang modelong-tanyag ng bansa natin sa MUNDO;
Kahit na maliit ka pa, malaki naman ang PUSO mo,
Ulirang FILIPINO—PILI na, at tunay na FINO10 !
MALIGAYANG KAARAWAN MULI KAIBIGAN KONG HIDILYN – ALEE YOUNG!!!!
[Legend: 1 – HIDILYN F. DIAZ is the FIRST FILIPINO weightlifter who snatched the SILVER MEDAL in the RIO DE JANEIRO SUMMER OLYMPICS in 2016.
2 – In 2013, HIDILYN was recruited into the PHILIPPINE AIR FORCE (PAF) and one of the reported customary training regimen for an AIRMAN or an AIRWOMAN like HIDILYN in the PAF is doing PARACHUTE jumps.
3 – When she represented the PHILIPPINES as a wild card entry in the 2008 SUMMER OLYMPICS in BEIJING, she was the lightest as she was then weighing 56.28 kilograms; and she was also the youngest at 17.
4 – HIDILYN holds the reputation of having CONSECUTIVELY competed in the 2008, 2012 and 2016 SUMMER OLYMPICS in the WEIGHTLIFTING arena.
5 – HIDILYN won 3 BRONZE MEDALS in the IWF WORLD WEIGHTLIFTING CHAMPIONSHIP in Houston, Texas on November 22, 2015.
6 – HIDILYN enrolled at the DE LA SALLE-COLLEGE OF SAINT BENILDE in January 2017 in order to resume her tertiary/collegiate studies.
7 – HIDILYN was promoted as AIRWOMAN FIRST CLASS in the PAF for her achievement in the 2016 RIO OLYMPICS.
8 – In the Philippine setting, KOMIKS which is the TAGALOG version of COMICS has become a customary medium (via a magazine type publication complete with graphics which could be in the form of caricature renditions of the cast of characters about a featured story) of highlighting and showering praises to a Philippine hero or a champion most particularly in the field of SPORTS. HIDILYN, in my opinion is both a HERO and a CHAMP in the eyes of her loyal and avid fans.
9 – HIDILYN is the 5th of a brood of SIX (6) children of EDUARDO DIAZ and EMELITA DIAZ.
10 – As a usual PROUD motto of FILIPINOS, they say that “FILIPINO” actually denotes, as follows: the “PILI” means CHOSEN or DELICATELY SELECTED, and “FINO” which denotes of some kind of FINE BREEDING.]