Linggo, Agosto 8, 2021

PH richest Congressman Mikee Romero awarded Hidilyn Olympic Gold Medalist

True to his words and commitment, Congressman Mikee Romero personally handed over to the first ever Olympic Gold medalist of the Philippines, Hidilyn Diaz, the P3 million check, for winning the first ever Olympic gold medal for the Philippines. She got the gold for competing in Weightlifting in the Women’s 55kg category.

(PIC of Hidilyn Diaz receiving the check from Cong. Romero) 

Caption: Hidilyn Diaz receives P3M additional incentive from Congressman Mikee Romero

It will be recalled that Congressman Romero committed an additional P3 million, P2 million and P1 million incentive for gold, silver and bronze Filipino medalist/s in this year’s Olympics. He announced this last July 20 before the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum. He took this initiative to be able to add motivation to our competing athletes and this is out of his own company’s expense.  

As we know, Congressman Romero is the richest lawmaker in the land and 46th in the Forbes magazine list of wealthiest Filipinos in 2020 with a net worth of US$135 million or P6.5 billion. Aside from being a lawmaker, Romero is also the chairman and president of Globalport 900, Inc.

A sportsman himself and a true supporter of the Filipino athletes, Congressman Romero also reiterated the call for the establishment of a Department of Sports to support athletes in their careers. He said, “Our athletes need to train outside of the Philippines because we don’t have enough infrastructure and facilities. With the Department of Sports, it will have the mandate to put as many infrastructures as possible.”

He is yet to award the P2M and P1M incentive to Silver medallist Nesthy Petecio, boxing, women's feather and Bronze medallist Eumir Marcial, boxing, men's middle, respectively.

(PIC of Congressman Mikee initiatives)

For his efforts and countless initiatives to help the people, either in Congress and as an individual, Congressman Mikee Romero has recently been chosen by American Association of the Philippines, to join its roster of “Profiles in Excellence” as an Outstanding athlete, Entrepreneur, and Public Servant award. He will also be one of the honouree in this year’s Asia Leaders Awards to be held this November, 2021.

Asia Leaders Awards (ALA) is the largest business awards event in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. It is only the recognition giving body whose awards committee is composed of respected leaders from different organizations and embassies. It’s main objective is to promote the Philippines as a premier business hub and destination in Asia. One with this goal are the ALA major sponsors, Alfamart, Asian Tigers Mobility, AsiaPrime Corporation, Bounty Agro Ventures, Inc., Fredley Group of Companies, Frontrow Enterprise, Grab, Jollibee Group, and J&T Express.

For more information about Asia Leaders Awards, visit

Your Fav Durian

According to reports, Durio graveolens, sometimes called the red-fleshed durian, orange-fleshed durian, or yellow durian, is a species of tree in the family Malvaceae. It is one of six species of durian named by Italian naturalist Odoardo Beccari. The specific epithet graveolens is due to the odor. 

In the Philippines, one of the famous in durian farming is Bernard Bautista of “Bautista Plant Nursery - Prutasan at Halaman sa Tabing Daan” in Makilala, North Cotobato. He sent this variety to Grace Bondad Nicolas—The Manila Times business writer, Entrepreneur and CEO of Hidden Hills Farm By Josefino to taste.

Taste and Texture according to Grace 

“One of my favourite fruits, Durian. Seeing this kind of variety, makes me curious and receiving the fruits from Bernard, I’m thankful. I actually went to different countries just to have the taste of different varieties and even paid Php 1K per kilo for Musang King. I even asked a friend to join me in Davao just to satisfy our cravings.”

“In our farm, we have 40 trees of native durian and with Durio Graveolens, hoping to have this addition to our variety. The taste actually is like a crossbreed of Jackfruit and Durian, the smell is the same also, Jackfruit or Langka in the Philippines. Its like also with a taste of wine. So if you like both, this is a catch. As for the texture, it’s more fine and creamy.” 

The durian is the edible fruit of several tree species belonging to the genus Durio. There are 30 recognised Durio species, at least nine of which produce edible fruit, with over 300 named varieties in Thailand and 100 in Malaysia, as of 1987.  The famous in the Philippines, Puyat is the Philippine's main commercial durian variety. It's exported to different countries and is the main durian variety you'll find if you visit Davao City. 

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