THE Manila City government on Thursday awarded P500,000 each to Ernest John “EJ” Obiena and Carlos Yulo for “making their city proud.”
“Ito ay karangalan hindi lang ng bansa kung hindi naming mga [kapwa] batang Maynila,” (It is an honor, not only for the country, but also to the youth of Manila) Manila Mayor Francisco ‘Isko’ Domagoso said.
The city council, through Resolution 178, congratulated Obiena for being the first Filipino to secure a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.
Obiena, a native of Tondo, set a new record of 5.76 meters, winning a gold medal and qualifying for the Olympics in pole vault in an athletic meet in Italy last September.
“[He is] a welcome addition to the elite club of achievers that should be a source of inspiration and motivation of the city residents,” the resolution read.
The council also passed Resolution 177 “conferring the highest honors” to Yulo, who hails from Leveriza in Malate, for being the first Filipino world champion in gymnastics.
“A diminutive Manileño has carved a niche that signals the emergence of a powerhouse in the world of gymnastics that should inspire his countrymen,” The resolution read.
Angelica Yulo, Carlos’ mother, said they got Carlos into sports so he could finish college on a scholarship.