MANILA - Cheers flooded social media after Pinay weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz nabbed a silver medal for the Philippines in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
"Hidilyn Diaz" was the second-highest trending topic in the Philippines as Filipinos took to social media to express their joy over the weightlifter's win that ended the country’s 20-year medal drought.
Diaz, who competed in her third straight Olympics, took the silver medal in the women's 53-kg division won by Chinese Taipei's Hsu Shu-Ching.
Ecstatic Filipinos, like celebrity hosts Anne Curtis and Gretchen Ho, congratulated the Filipina athlete through Twitter.
Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski, who was in Rio herself, lauded Diaz in a Facebook post and thanked her for bagging the silver medal for the country.
Meanwhile, Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach took to Instagram to congratulate Diaz, her fellow Mindanaoan, for being the first Filipino woman to win an Olympic medal on her third try.
"Finally! The Philippines gets its first Olympic medal since 1996 with Hidilyn Diaz bagging the silver medal for women's weightlifting. And she's also the first ever woman from the Philippines to win an Olympic medal! Mabuhay ka, Hidilyn," Wurtzbach said in her caption, using the hashtags Rio2016, HidilynDiaz, ThirdTimesACharm and ProudMindanaoan.
Other netizens also posted about their Filipino pride as Diaz made history for the country.
Some netizens thanked the athlete for bringing pride to the country and ending the country’s “Olympic medal drought.”
Politicians, like Senators Nancy Binay, Cynthia Villar, Sonny Angara, and Risa Hontiveros, also celebrated Diaz’s win on social media.
Senate President Koko Pimentel, who also hails from Mindanao, was among those who acknowledged and congratulated the Zamboanga-born athlete's success in the quadrennial games.
In a statement released by Secretary Martin Andanar, Malacañang congratulated Diaz, applauding the fortitude that brought her to Brazil.
"Hers is about overcoming shyness but for an inspired nation, her road to Rio is a journey of grit, patience and determination which ended a 20-year long medal drought for the Philippines," he said.