Hidilyn Diaz gave the Philippines its first-ever Olympic gold medal this week, and Filipinos celebrated it loud and proud on social media.
According to data from Facebook as of July 27, the weightlifting champ from Zamboanga became the top-mentioned athlete on the platform globally, overtaking American gymnast Simone Biles and Brazilian skateboarder Rayssa Leal.
Meanwhile, the Philippines was named as the "loudest" country, talking about the Olympics the most on Facebook and besting the United States and India.
The Philippine flag was also among the Top 3 most used emojis globally in the last 24 hours on FB, right next to the heart and the applause emojis.
Hidilyn was also the 3rd most mentioned athlete on Instagram, trailing after Leal and Brazillian surfer Italo Ferreira.
Hidilyn Diaz made history last Monday when she ruled the women's weightlifting 55 kg event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. As such, she made the headlines not just in her proud Philippines but all over the world.
The decorated national athlete, who is also Airwoman of the Philippine Airforce, finally put an end to nearly a century-long Olympic gold medal drought since the country first competed in the Olympics in 1924.
And now, the internet has spoken: Mabuhay, Hidilyn and good luck, Team Pilipinas! — LA, GMA News