The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) is one with the nation in celebrating the victories of Filipino women athletes at the 2018 Asian Games held in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia from August 18 to September 2.
Data from the Asian Games' official website showed that the Pinay athletes bagged 13 out of the 21 medals the country brought home specifically four (4) gold, one (1) silver and eight bronze (8) medals in various games, including the traditionally-male dominated sports such as weightlifting, golf, skateboarding and martial arts.
Topping the list are the gold medalists which include Hidilyn Diaz for Women's 53 kg Weightlifting; Margielyn Didal for Women's Street Skateboarding; Yuka Saso for Women's Individual-Golf; and Saso, Lois Kaye Go and Bianca Pagdanganan for Women's Team-Golf.
Other women athletes who emerged victorious are the following:
- Kiyomi Watanabe - Silver Medalist - Women's 63 kg Judo
- Bianca Pagdanganan - Bronze Medalist - Women's Individual-Golf
- Margarita Ochoa - Bronze Medalist - Newaza Women's 49 kg Jiu-Jitsu
- Junna Tsukii -Bronze Medalist - Karate Women's Kumite 50 kg
- Cherry May Regalado- Bronze Medalist - Pencak Silat Women's Single
- Pauline Louise Lopez - Bronze Medalist - Taekwondo Women 57 kg
- Juvenile Faye Crisostomo, Rinna Babanto, and Janna Dominique Olive - Bronze Medalists - Taekwondo Women Team Poomsae
- Agatha Chrystenzen Wong - Bronze Medalist - Wushu Women's Taijijian All-Round
- Divine Wally - Bronze Medalist - Wushu Women's Sanda 52 kg
“The victories of our women athletes prove that Filipinas are indeed strong, empowered, and resilient. They inspire young women and girls to pursue their goals and ambitions no matter how impossible and difficult these may be.”
“We continue to call our partners in national and local government as well as in civil society and the private sector to continue to provide better opportunities for women to excel in sports, to increase their participation in athletic leagues and decision-making bodies, and ensure their safety and well-being. As provided for in Section 17 of the Magna Carta of Women, the State must ensure that gender-based discrimination in competitive and non-competitive sports is eliminated so that women and girls can equally contribute to and benefit from sports development,” said PCW Executive Director Emmeline L. Verzosa.
The Asian Games, the biggest multi-sport games after the Olympic Games, is a continental multi-sport event held every four years among athletes from all over Asia.