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Mayor Dalipe welcomes Hidilyn Diaz on her return to Zamboanga City

Zamboanga City Mayor John Dalipe has welcomed Olympic gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz who returned to the city after her participation in a weightlifting competition in South Korea.

Dalipe, along with Vice Mayor Josephine Pareja, met Diaz and her coach and husband Julius Naranjo when they arrived at the Zamboanga airport Friday, May 26.

Diaz was in fourth place in the 59-kilogram category of the Asian Weightlifting Championships 2023 held in Jinju, South Korea on May 5-17. Her performance qualified her for the Paris Olympic Games in 2024.

Dalipe congratulated and thanked Diaz for being an inspiration to ZamboangueƱos and people all over. He said her feats brought honor and fame to the city and country.

The mayor also wished her the best of luck for her forthcoming competition in the Paris Olympics.

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