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Local artists pay tribute to Hidilyn Diaz's Olympic win

By Theriz Lizel R. Silvano

Filipinos were beaming with pride after Hidilyn Diaz lifted the country's first gold medal at the Olympics. Some took to social media to support and cheer, others created artworks to express their appreciation and awe for the champion athlete.

Digital art by Elisha Albayalde

Local artists pay tribute to Hidilyn Diaz's Olympic win

Albayalde’s version of Diaz depicts the weightlifter in her raw form, tired but strong. Wearing the elusive gold medal, she raises her fist up (as if holding the barbell) while her other hand clutches a bouquet of flowers.

Digital art by Aaron Casco

Local artists pay tribute to Hidilyn Diaz's Olympic win

Casco presents Diaz with clusters of shapes, particularly squares and triangles, in bold colors of red and gold. This artwork screams victory and happiness.

Graphite on sketch paper by Christian Cabarrubias

Local artists pay tribute to Hidilyn Diaz's Olympic win

The artwork not only focuses on Diaz’s success in winning the first Olympic gold for the Philippines but also outlines the satisfaction and cheerfulness on the contours of her face.

Caricature by Jelay Santos

Local artists pay tribute to Hidilyn Diaz's Olympic win

Caricatures mostly highlight the cartoonish features of the subject, but Santos’ depiction of Diaz shows a serious fighting face of a Filipino woman who did not only lift weights but also carried the Philippines in her winning performance.

Coffee art by Zeb Ril (pseudonym)

Local artists pay tribute to Hidilyn Diaz's Olympic win

With coffee as medium, this painting showcases Diaz's winning lift at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Leaf art by Aldrin Jay Celiz

Local artists pay tribute to Hidilyn Diaz's Olympic win

On a huge anahaw leaf, Celiz celebrates Diaz's win and all the elements that make it special – it is her and the Philippines' win at the biggest sporting event in the world.

Digital art by Cesar Cueva

Local artists pay tribute to Hidilyn Diaz's Olympic win

Diaz as Darna, as Cueva presents, shows the athlete as a hero to all Filipinos.

Topics: Hidilyn Diaz , first gold medal , Tokyo Olympics , Elisha Albayalde
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