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POC awards P10.6-M cash incentives to Hangzhou 19th Asian Games medalists

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INCENTIVES. Philippine Olympic Committee president Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino (fourth from left) awards Asian Games jiu-jitsu gold medalist Annie Ramirez (third from left) her P1M cash bonus. With them are (from left) Nikko Huelgas, Richard Gomez, Cynthia Carrion-Norton, Pearl Managuelod, Dr. Raul Canlas, and Wharton Chan. POC PHOTO

The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) distributed a total of P10.6 million in cash bonuses to the medalists of the Hangzhou 19th Asian Games. 

The festive occasion took place during Tuesday’s (December 12, 2023) General Assembly at the East Ocean Palace Restaurant in Parañaque City, where the POC family came together to celebrate and share in the Christmas spirit.

“We didn’t discuss any topic, but just giving the incentives and hosting our Christmas Party,” shared POC president Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino, emphasizing the joyous atmosphere during the gathering.

The Philippines achieved remarkable success at the Hangzhou Asian Games, securing a total of 18 medals – four gold, two silver, and 12 bronze. The POC recognized the outstanding efforts of the athletes by awarding them well-deserved cash incentives.

Among the notable recipients was jiu-jitsu gold medalist Annie Ramirez, who received a substantial P1 million bonus for her exceptional performance. Boxing silver medalist Eumir Felix Marcial was granted P500,000 in recognition of his achievement.

Pole vault champion and record holder Ernest John “EJ” Obiena received a P1 million check, handed by Nikko Huelgas, head of the POC Athletes Commission. Other jiu-jitsu athletes, including Meggie Ochoa, also received bonuses in acknowledgment of their contributions.

The gold medal-winning men’s basketball team members were each awarded P200,000, with Magnum Membrere, a member of the MVP Group, symbolically receiving the check on behalf of the team. The generosity extended to various sports, with athletes from wushu, cycling, karate, weightlifting, tennis, and sepak takraw receiving well-deserved cash bonuses ranging from P150,000 to P500,000.

Alex Eala, who secured a bronze in women’s singles and additional success in mixed doubles (P150,000) alongside Francis Casey Alcantara in tennis, received a total of P450,000.

Sepak takraw athletes Jason Huerte, Rheyjey Ortouste, Vince Torno, Mark Joseph Gonzales, Ronsited Gabayeron, and Jom Lerry Rafael were recognized for their two bronze medals in the men’s quadrant and regu categories, each receiving P200,000.

The cash bonuses not only serve as a token of appreciation for the athletes’ dedication and hard work but also highlight the collective pride and support of the POC for the nation’s sporting achievements. The festive gathering and incentive distribution encapsulated the spirit of unity and celebration within the Philippine Olympic community.

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