In yet another amazing, close-to-flawless performance, Margielyn Didal has placed Philippine skateboarding under international limelight yet again. Apart from being the only Filipino to compete in the SLS and the recent X-Games, the 19-year old adds another amazing milestone to her young yet highly-impressive skateboarding career by winning the country’s fourth gold medal in the 18th Asian Games set in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia.
While much of the nation’s attention was fixated on the applaudable efforts of Philippines men’s national basketball team, not many realize that Didal competed and came out on top in the women’s street skateboarding event in dominating fashion. The Cebu-native bested the likes of Japanese skateboarder Isa Kaye (who placed for silver) and Indonesia skateboarder Bunga Nyimas (who placed for bronze) by going with her gut and well- executed tricks.
With this win, Didal not only brings honor to flag and country and even dedicates the said triumph to the Cebuano skateboarding community, but also hopes that the sport she dearly loves will be viewed under a more positive light—especially by those who are on the outside looking in. In a recent interview with CNN, Didal noted: “Sobrang proud ako na mai-raise yung flag through skateboarding. Yung Asian Games na pagkapanalo ko ay para sa lahat ng skaters especially sa Cebu kasi yung struggle namin mag-skate sa daan, hinuhuli nila kami, sana mag-iba yung tingin nila.”
In this light, Didal has seemed to have set in motion a would-be groundbreaking development for the local scene in her hometown. According to Cebu Daily News, Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña is pledging to construct a skatepark at the South Road Properties. While she may have bagged a whopping P6-million in bonuses, this is one achievement that is—in many ways—priceless and we shouldn’t be surprised if other cities follow suit.
What’s next for the goofy-stance Didal? There seems to be no rest on the horizon as she has her sights locked on a U.S. competition this coming November.
My Life On Board salutes and congratulates Margielyn Didal for all she has done so far for the country and we couldn’t be more excited for what’s in store for her in the future.