LOOK: Olympic gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz’s golden Kia Stonic from Ayala

Updated Aug 06, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

A well-deserved reward for an iconic athlete.

Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz brought home the Philippines’ first ever Olympic gold medal. Diaz clinched the coveted gold after she lifted her way up in the 55-kilogram women’s weightlifting category at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Hidilyn Diaz with her brand-new Kia Stonic

Hidilyn Diaz with her brand-new Kia Stonic

Several companies have pledged their respective gift of appreciation to the country’s first Olympic gold medalist. Among those is Kia Philippines, which handed over the keys of the top-of-the-line Stonic to Diaz. Of note, Kia PH is under the management of AC Motors, which is part of Ayala Corporation.

Diaz expressed her gratitude to the car company, and shared that the Stonic will give her the lift she needs in getting to and from her destination especially in Metro Manila.

"Thank you sa pag-recognize sa pagka-panalo ko. Thank you so much na na-appreciate ninyo yung nagawa ko para sa bansa," Hidilyn said.

(Thank you for recognizing my win. Thank you so much for appreciating what I was able to do for the country.)

Hidilyn Diaz with her brand-new Kia Stonic

Hidilyn Diaz gives the Philippines its first-ever Olympic gold medal

Ayala Foundation President Ruel Maranan thanked Diaz for all her effort, hard work, and sacrifices. Maranan added that Diaz is a true Atletang Magiting.

Atletang Magiting is part of Ayala Foundation’s sustained efforts to promote love of country. Through the Maging Magiting campaign, Ayala Foundation calls on Filipinos to take pride in their heritage and identity.

Hidilyn Diaz onboard Kia Stonic

Yellow and Gold

The Kia Stonic is a five-seater subcompact crossover that’s equipped with a 1.4-liter gasoline engine, which delivers 97 hp and 132 Nm of torque. The engine of the top-spec Stonic EX is connected to a six-speed automatic transmission. It is offered with a starting price of Php 735,000 while the top-of-the-line variant is priced at Php 925,000.

Aside from the Kia Stonic, Diaz will also be getting a 13-seater Foton Transvan courtesy of United Asia Automotive Group Inc. The Filipina weightlifter will also be getting a Php 10 million cash incentive from the Philippine government.

San Miguel President Ramon Ang has also pledged to give Php 10 million. Manny Pangilinan also said that he will give Php 10 million to Diaz. These are just some of the incentives and rewards that Diaz has earned.

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Martin Aguilar

Martin Aguilar


Martin is a BA Literature graduate from the University of the Philippines Diliman. He started his writing career as an editorial assistant and writer for various magazines under ABS-CBN Publishing. Before being the Content Editor of Philkotse, Martin was a writer for Autoindustriya then shifted gears in 2017 to become the editor for AutoDeal.

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