Skateboarding heroine Margielyn Didal continues to reap the dividends of her victory in the 2018 Asian Games.
The 19-year-old gold medalist in the Asiad was awarded a house and lot from the National Housing Authority Region 6 as reward for her sterling performance in the 2018 Asian Games.
She previously received a total of P6 million in cash rewards from both government agencies and private corporations. Didal said in interviews that she would be giving the earnings to her mother.
Didal’s success has also won her a shoutout from the British Embassy in Manila, who commemorated the start of her international career.
Her pre-Asiad rise to success has also been recreated in an episode of “Maaalala Mo Kaya,” ABS-CBN’s long-running drama anthology.
Didal, born to a carpenter father and a vendor mother who hails from Cebu, recounted after her Asian Games stint how she grew up being chased away and discriminated against just for being a skateboarder.
The support of private foundations and the country’s sports commissioners helped her compete in international events and train for the 2018 Asiad.
In an interview, she wished for skateboarding to be given more attention so that the stigma against skateboarders disappear.
Her wish appears to have been granted. The mayors of Cainta, Rizal and her home town Cebu have expressed their interest in building city-sponsored skateparks in the months after her gold medal finish.
Didal is currently eyeing to represent the Philippines in the first-ever Olympic skateboarding event in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.