Olympian Margielyn Didal is Borongan’s ‘Adopted Citizen’ declared by the Sangguniang Panglungsod of Borongan City December 6, the first day of the 2021 Surf in the City.
The honor was bestowed on Didal for representing the country in the international stage and for being a positive role model to Filipino youth.
In a special session at the city hall, Borongan’s legislative body signed Resolution No. 54, Series of 2021 to formally name Didal an adopted citizen for her contributions to Philippine sports.
Mayor Jose Ivan Dayan Agda lauded Didal for bringing pride to the Philippines.
“We are declaring you as an adopted daughter of the city. You have all the rights and privileges of being a citizen of this beautiful city of Borongan. Here in Borongan, we will pamper you because we are very very proud of you. You really represent the best of the Filipino people,” Mayor Agda said during the special session.
Didal was ecstatic in receiving the award. “Thank you for the overwhelming welcome. It’s my first time in Borongan. Thank you for having me here. I hope to come back in the future,” the 22-year-old said.
Didal rose to fame during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, where she made a debut in the finals. Despite placing 7th in the skateboarding women’s street event, the professional street skateboarder won the admiration of many international fans for her resilience. She competed despite having an injury. Fans were also captivated by Didal’s positive energy, with her beaming smile despite failing to land on her tricks.
In 2018, Didal won a gold medal in the 2018 Asian Games and was named as 25 Most Influential Teens of 2018. She was awarded the Asia Skater of the Year in 2020.
Surf in the City Chair Rupert Ambil invited Didal to Borongan to observe the event, and to give
insights to the city for its planned skateboard park.
“Surf in the City goes beyond one sport. It’s all about giving opportunities to the Borongan youth through sports. Margielyn is a positive role model to our youth. With her visit, we hope to inspire
more youth to go into sports,” Ambil said.
Surf in the City officially opened on December 6, as the first leg of the 2022 Philippine Surfing Championship Tour. This is the first national surfing competition since the COVID-19 pandemic.
More than 200 athletes from 6 regions are competing in various surf events. Aside from surfing,
the city is also hosting beach football, skateboarding, and concert events.
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Surf in the City is co-presented by the City Government of Borongan, the Surfriders Club of Eastern Samar, and the Philippine Surfing Championship Tour. The competition is supported by the Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta Partylist, Savepoint Plus Philippines, and Globe Telecom.
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