Tuesday, September 02, 2008

A Hero's Welcome

Olympic hero Mary Jane Estimar is coming home to Iloilo this Friday (September 5) and members of her old wu shu club in Iloilo City, The Tinagan Club, are organizing a simple welcoming parade in honor of her silver medal victory at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. All Ilonggos are enjoined to come out to see her motorcade and give a warm welcome to our returning Olympic hero who is a true-blue Ilonggo from Barangay Dulunan, Arevalo, Iloilo City. There will also be a presscon scheduled for Mary Jane at around 11:00 am at the District Office of Congressman Raul Gonzalez, Jr. in Muelle Loney.

It is at the Tinagan Club where Miss Estimar first learned the rudiments of the sport. She must be a very gifted lady because I read she only started practicing the sport three years ago, yet she won the silver medal. After her surprise win at the Olympics, I foresee renewed interest for wu shu among Ilonggos and the Tinagan Club will surely gain more followers in Iloilo City. Even our congressman, Raul Gonzalez, Jr., is a wu shu practitioner himself and has been a long-time member of the Tinagan Club.

Aside from the Tinagan Club, the City Government of Iloilo and the Office of Congressman Gonzalez have also chipped in the expenses to be incurred for the parade. After all the death and destruction that has been happening these past several weeks, Mary Jane Estimar's Olympic victory surely is a welcome distraction and a much-needed morale booster for the people of Iloilo City.

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