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Fri, Oct 20 2017

Alsons Power, Diaz bare first batch of weightlifting scholars

Alsons Power, Diaz bare first batch of weightlifting scholars THE Alsons Power Group and Rio Olympics weightlifting silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz presented the inaugural batch of scholars of the Alsons Power-Hidilyn Diaz Scholarship Program for aspiring weightlifters during the recent Zamboanga Hermosa Weightlifting Championship at the Universidad de Zamboanga gym. Alsons Power teamed up with Diaz to help provide educational opportunities for the young people in Zamboanga City, where Alsons Power is the primary supplier of electricity through its 100-megawatt diesel power plant in Barangay Sangali. The partnership aims to produce world-class Filipino weightlifters and support the country’s efforts in winning gold in the Olympics and in other international sports competitions. This is also Alsons Power’s way of honoring Diaz for bringing glory to the country, boost interest in the sport and encourage potential weightlifting champions both from Zamboanga and the whole Philippines. The first batch of scholars are Citadel Callenero, 13, from Talon-Talon National High School; Jane Linette Hipolito, 16, from Universidad de Zamboanga Senior High School; Rosegie Ramos, 13, from Universidad de Zamboanga Technical High School; and Rose Jean Ramos, 11, and Desiree Jane Garcia, 13, who both hail from Mampang Elementary School. The five are members of the current pool of young weightlifters training under the supervision of the Philippine Weightlifting Association. The five will each receive a subsidy worth P40,000 that will cover school uniforms, shoes, a bag and school supplies, as well as a monthly stipend for transportation and food allowances covering the school year. “I’m feeling hopeful because this is a new generation of athletes who would someday bring honor to our country,” Diaz said. “Our role is to put Philippine weightlifting on the spotlight but I am optimistic that this will also carry over to paying more attention to Filipino athletes and encouraging support for the sports sector,” she added. Under the scholarship program, the scholars must continue to be active trainees in good standing with the Hidilyn Diaz Training Program in Zamboanga City and must qualify or remain active in the national weightlifting team. Scholars are also required to maintain a good standing in terms of academic performance.