In the era of innovation, biological and chemical technology, scientific and space exploration, global sustainable development, and a digital economy accelerated by the ongoing pandemic, the role of engineers in society is proving to be more essential than ever especially in the areas of infrastructure and technological development.

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.