Hidilyn Diaz’s gold medal, the country’s first since joining the Olympics in 1924, is now worth at least P58.5 million after more companies and personalities chipped in in less than 24 hours after her triumph in Tokyo.
From an initial reward of P33 million—P10M each from the incentives act, from Ramon Ang and the MVP Sports Foundation and P3 million from Rep. Mikee Romero–it was reported that Zamboanga City also awarded her P2.5 million.
Dennis Uy, of Phoenix Petroleum, chipped in another P5 million and a lifetime free suppy of gas, while Megaword announced it would give the country’s first gold medalist a condo worth P14 million. Century Properties also threw in a house and lot worth P4 million, while POC president Bambol Tolentino has promised her a house and lot in Tagaytay (value undisclosed.) Air Asia also offered free flights for life, while the Philippine Airlines promised 80,000 free airmiles per year.
That amount is expected to grow as President Duterte, according to Harry Roque, has promised her millions. Sen. Manny Pacquiao, who also doled out an incentive from his own pocket in 2016, has also yet to make an announcement.