When Hidilyn Diaz left for the 2016 Rio Olympics to compete in the 53-kg. women’s weightlifting category, her name was virtually unheard of by majority of the Filipino public. Today, she has become everyone’s “golden girl” for giving the country its first ever Olympic gold almost a century since the Philippines first competed in the 1924 Paris Olympics. In this special feature, some friends share their stories to NewsFfeed 360 about their first encounters with Hidilyn Diaz.

Marj Pacheco’s thriving nail spa and RTW boutique businesses were the family’s bread and butter. But when the extended lockdowns due to the covid-19 pandemic forced her to close them down – in the process cutting off a significant portion of the family’s financial resources – Marj decided to shift gears and execute her “Plan B”: baking.

This Sulu princess thought he was an overbearing military official, and could not even stand him at first. But when tragedy struck, she began to see him in a different light – with dislike turning into friendship that eventually blossomed into love. NewsFeed 360 discovers the heartwarming story of Princess Jacel Kiram and Lt. Col. Moh Yusop Hasan.

Department of Finance Assistant Secretary Antonio Lambino is, without a doubt, destined for service. A nephew of two Jesuit priests, the former Smokey Mountain singer can scarcely remember a life experience that didn’t involve or revolve around being of service to others in some way. Throughout his life and career, he repeatedly found himself in positions where, as he puts it, “the world could make most use of me,” and for these he is forever grateful.