The 19-year-old skateboarder from Cebu City rose to prominence after winning the gold medal in the women’s street skateboard competition at the 2018 Asian Games.
“This summer, the 19-year-old from Cebu City, Philippines, won the gold medal in women’s street skateboarding competition at the Asian Games”•and became a national hero in the process,” Time said.
Didal aside, the other teenagers on the list are actresses Millie Bobby Brown, Storm Reid, Kiernan Shipka, Joey King and Korean boy group NCT Dream.
The other athletes on the list are French footballer Kylian Mpabbe and American snowboarder Chloe Kim.
Last year, two Filipino teenagers-14-year-old Shibby de Guzman and Bretman Rock”•made it to Time magazine’s annual list.
Time said it compiled its annual list by considering the accolades across many fields, global impact through social media, and overall ability to drive news.