Jane Oineza recalls portraying, meeting Hidilyn Diaz for MMK episode

Longest-running drama anthology Maalaala Mo Kaya was the first TV program to portray the life of Olympic heroine Hidilyn Diaz back in 2016, after winning a silver medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in the women’s 53-kg weightlifting competition.

As the whole nation basks in the pride and honor brought by Hidilyn’s recent victory, by bagging the Philippines’ first-ever Olympic gold medal in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, relive the journey of the champion weightlifter, who made history with her passion, talent, grit, and a dreamer’s mindset unfazed by challenges. The MMK episode titled “Silver Medal” will have a replay this Saturday, July 31.

Tasked to etch the story of the elite athlete is Kapamilya actress Jane Oineza, who, just like Hidilyn, is known for being workaholic and a no quitter. Jane got goosebumps hearing about Hidilyn’s historic win. She was happy and amazed and proud for all of us Filipinos.

Jane felt pressure playing the then-silver medalist, much more now that Hidilyn brought the coveted gold medal home. But at the same time, she is honored and excited for the viewers to learn anew from Hidilyn’s inspiring story.

The talented actress didn’t have the luxury of time to undergo professional weightlifting training back then. She was required to lift in some scenes, although not as heavy as Hidilyn carries in real life. Looking back, she vividly remembers the lessons on not giving up on one’s dream.

“Ang daming ingay, ang daming nangyayari kaya feeling mo wala na. Pero maniwala ka lang sa sarili mo at sa kakayanan mo. Laban lang nang laban at huwag kang susuko,” said Jane in this episode of Kapamilya Chat.

Jane got to meet Hidilyn during the taping, and the athlete was humble and pleasant. “Kahit ang bigat ng mga pinagdaanan niya, napakagaan niyang tao. ‘Yung aura niya, magaan,” she said of Hidilyn who she further described as legend, determined, and ‘lodi.’

“Thank you sa hindi mo pagsuko. Thank you, ikaw ang Filipino pride! Thank you for lifting the Filipino spirit, for being an inspiration to never lose hope especially during these trying times. Thank you, Hidilyn! Mabuhay ka! You’re a legend,” Jane’s message to the power weightlifter.

Take inspiration from the life story of the fearless woman who didn't stop working on her dreams even if success and victory didn’t come overnight.  Use the hashtag #HidilynDiaz for MMK’s episode tonight, July 31, airing on Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, and A2Z.