An artist’s rendition of the heroine Gabriela Silang leading her troops against Spanish colonizers who were oppressing the Filipino people during the colonization of the Philippines.
I’ve always felt that it didn’t feel right for me when a protagonist goes through a storyline where they’re killing a lot of enemies, and at the very end of the story he ends up kissing the heroine and that’s where you end the game.
— Japanese video game director and scenario writer Yoko Taro
CALOOCAN CITY, METRO MANILA — Our country is replete with Filipinos who have fought and died for our independence and patrimony and we are proud to have them as part of our heritage and history. But in our modern day when we no longer need to do battle in order to become a hero, we have others who give honor to the Motherland by achieving feats of glory that gives us pride and recognition.
Mostly, men are the heroes but our women also contribute greatly to our country’s long list of global achievements. Not to be outdone by our men, they simply shine on the international stage to give honor and prestige to the Filipino race.
Just recently, we have lauded the winning performances of our national women athletes in the sports of karate, weightlifting, and football which raised the Philippine flag on different sports stages around the world.
For the current month of July—just over 20 days of the new administration under the leadership of President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr.—we have a lot of reasons to cheer for because a lot of our women have been brimming with success and talent and it is something to celebrate and be proud for.
National karateka Junna Tsukii opened July with her gold medal finish in the recently concluded World Games in Birmingham, Alabama in the United States of America. She did us proud with her sterling performance in triumphing for the highest honor against eight of the world’s best, including the deadly fighter from Venezuela and the World’s Number 2 Yorgelis Salazar.
For the amazing feat, the 30-year-old Filipina-Japanese received a total of PhP1.3 million in financial assistance and will now be given a PhP1 million monetary incentive under Republic Act 10699.
Another Pinay, weightlifting pride Rose Jean Ramos, grabbed four golds, one silver, and one bronze medal in the women’s 45kg category at the Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championship in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The 17-year-old weightlifter swept all the gold medals in the youth category with 70kg in snatch, and 83 kg in clean and jerk for a total lift of 153kg. She also snatched one gold, one silver, and one bronze in the junior competition.
Not to be overshadowed by her colleague, Angeline Colonia won two golds and one silver medal to break the new Asian and World Youth record in the women’s 40kg class after lifting 62 kilos in the snatch, and 72kg in clean and jerk for a total lift of 134kg. Her compatriot Prince Keil Delos Santos bagged two bronzes from the men’s 49kg category.
These three winning lifters are part of the 17-man Philippine Weightlifting team who gave our country distinguished honor in Tashkent, Uzbekistan from July 15 to 25, 2022.
Apart from this, the Philippine National Women’s Football team also made a historic romp at the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Women’s Championship 2022 by dethroning four-time champion Thailand in the finals, 3-0. It was the first crown of the Philippines since 2004.
This win is another page in the history of Philippine football which was held at the 88-year-old Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila.
In ending, these glorious feats by our Pinay athletes only prove the indomitable spirit of our race. They can be ranked among our heroines in the past like Gabriela Silang and Prinsesa Urduja.
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