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July 27, 2021

Boosting gross national happiness: Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto praises weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz for “ending her people’s hunger for Olympic gold.” Speaking before colleagues during the hybrid plenary session Tuesday, July 27, 2021, Recto said Diaz hoisted the Philippines for the first time atop the winner’s podium for which her countrymen waited for almost 100 years. “With one lift, she raised the spirits of 110 million people battered by the pandemic but not beaten, craving for one inspiring story that would break the monotony of long days looking for jobs and jabs, and endless quarantine nights,” Recto said. He said Diaz’s victory came at the right time when hope was in short supply. Diaz’s victory, Recto noted, generated so much joy that it boosted the people’s gross national happiness. He said Diaz’s win inspired millions of young girls that they too, can surmount the odds. The Senate adopted Resolution No. 793 in consideration of Resolution Nos. 794, 795, 796, 797, 798, 799, 800, 801, 802, 803 and 804 commending Diaz for bagging the gold in the XXXII edition of the World Olympics currently being held in Tokyo, Japan from July 23 to Aug. 8, 2021. (Albert Calvelo/Senate PRIB)