It’s going to be a happy Christmas for gymnast Carlos Yulo and female boxer Nesthy Petecio.
Yulo and Petecio are set to receive a hefty P1 million incentives, their rewards for doing the country proud in the world stage over the weekend.
Reaping the benefits of a tough training in Japan under a Japanese coach, Yulo gave the greatest performance of his career by winning the men’s floor exercise of the 49th FIG Artistic Gymnastics world championships in Stuttgart, Germany as he became the first Filipino to win in an event of this size and magnitude.
Less than 24 hours after Yulo’s heroics, Petecio punched her way to the gold medal after beating hometown bet Liudmila Vorontsova in the featherweight division final of the 2019 Aiba Women’s World Boxing Championships last Saturday in Ulan-Ude, Russia.
Yulo will receive P500,000 under the Republic Act 10699 or the National Athletes and Coaches Benefits and Incentives Act and additional P500,000 reward as approved by the Philippine Sports Commission board Monday.
Petecio will receive P1-million for her gold while another boxer Eumir Marcial will receive P500,000 for earning silver at world championships in an earlier world tournament for men.
Upon the PSC’s initiative, pole vaulter Ernest John Obiena will pocket P250,000 for qualifying for the 2020 Olympics.
The athletes are set receive their checks in a ceremony in Malacañang tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Senator Sonny Angara is set to file two resolutions congratulating Yulo and Petecio.
Back home, Philippine Sports Commission chairman Butch Ramirez praised Yulo’s performance, saying: “We are thrilled with the golden performance of Yulo at the world champs. President Rodrigo Duterte is happy, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and (former Special Assistant to the President and) Sen. Bong Go have been monitoring the competition.
“The Office of the President and the PSC family congratulates Caloy on this achievement. Mabuhay ang atletang Pilipino!”
“We would like to congratulate Caloy Yulo and the Gymnastics Association of the Philippines in producing a world champion. His hard work and dedication paid off,” echoed Philippine Olympic Committee president Bambol Tolentino. “His accomplishment should inspire our other athletes to do well in the 30th Southeast Asian Games in December.”
Yulo and Kugimiya, who were earlier scheduled to fly back to Tokyo to resume training, were prevailed upon by Gymastics president Cynthia Carrion first to return to Manila on Monday because Ramirez was arranging for all three of them to pay a courtesy call on President Duterte in Malacañang tomorrow.
After years of settling for runner-up finishes, Petecio finally made a name for herself in the world stage, becoming the second Filipina world champion since Josie Gabuco won the light flyweight gold in 2012.