Sheila Mae Perez leads SEA Games medallists in RRD honor roll
Davao City (30 December) -- The country's most bemedalled athlete Sheila Mae Perez led ten other medallists given a heroes welcome yesterday by Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte in simple ceremonies held at the Grand Men Seng Hotel in Davao City.
Beaming proud over the eleven gold medals or roughly ten percent of the total Team Philippines gold medal haul of 113, Perez and the rest of the SEA Games medallists received the promised counterpart cash incentives from the city government.
The Team Davao's "Lucky 14," 8 males and 6 females, had earlier meet the Davao sports scribes at the weekly DSA Forum of the Tower Inn.
The country's first ever gold medallist in diving during the 22nd SEA Games in Vietnam, Ryan Rexel Fabriga was there. Perez gold medal tandem in synchronized diving Cecil Domenios, was there too. So with Zardo Domenios and Niņo Carog.
The male Dragon Boat Racing team which contributed a total of six gold medals is anchored by Davao mainstays of Jesus Asok, Norman Bacus and Ramil Domenios.
Of the total eight gold medals in the Dragon Boat Race, two were contributed by the female team anchored by Ruditha Poralan, Eunelyn Denuna, Mirasol Abad and Amina Anuddin.
Norma Alamara, MAPE teacher of the Bangoy Elementary School and proud mother of the Alamara brothers Norton, Frazier and Ali of the water polo team was also present in both presentations at the DSA forum and the mayor's heroes welcome.
Saying that we honor our athletes not in terms of money but for the patriotic fervor they have generated in proudly fighting for flag and country, Duterte expressed a deep sense of gratitude in behalf of the people and the Davao City government.
The athletes for their part said that they will always remember Mayor Duterte not on the cash incentives that he had distributed but most of all for the kind, good natured gesture and pro-people approach of the mayor for the Davao City athletes. (PIA-SP-Romy Sabaldan) [top]