Nesthy Petecio prayed for just a bronze medal finish in her Olympic debut, but better things happened.
The Olympic silver medalist said her prayer stemmed from her wish to bring back home to the Philippines her sisters who were in Japan.
“Bronze lang po ’yung hiniling ko sa Kanya. Sabi ko, kahit bigyan mo ako ng bronze Lord, mapauwi ko lang ’yung mga ate ko na nandito ngayon sa Japan, may panggastos lang ako sa pamasahe nila papuntang Pilipinas. Kahit bronze lang. Pero binigyan niya po ako ng silver. Grabe, ang lakas po ni Lord,” Petecio said on Saleema Refran’s “24 Oras” report Wednesday.
[I was praying for just a bronze. Lord, just give me a bronze, I just want to bring back home my sisters who are here in Japan, just need the money for their airfare to the Philippines. A bronze is fine. But He gave me a silver. The Lord is really generous.]
Aside from taking home a silver medal, Petecio is expected to receive at least P17 million cash reward from both government and private donors, plus residential properties, free flights, and other prizes.
And now, her wish to bring her sisters back home to the Philippines may also come true.
Petecio settled for the silver medal after falling short against Japan’s Sena Irie in the women’s featherweight finals on Tuesday.
She made history by being the first Filipina boxer to get an Olympic medal. – Justin Kenneth Carandang/RC, GMA News