Jay Sonza’s earnest appeal to the public: “Allow us to celebrate and be proud of our Mindanao Athletes”

“Allow us to celebrate and be proud of our Mindanao Athletes.”

This is the earnest appeal of retired broadcaster Jay Sonza writing from his FB page to the public amid the euphoria brought by the success of Mindanaoans in the Tokyo Olympics.

Sonza wrote this post after reading comments from different social media platforms asking why can’t we just say our Tokyo medalist are Pinoys? Why emphasize they are Mindanaoans?

“Madami akong nababasa sa ibat-ibang platform ng social media at maging sa mainstream media na nagsasabing why cant we just say our Tokyo2020 medalist are Pilipinos. Bakit kailangan pang ipagdiinan na sila ay galing sa Mindanao o mga Bisaya ang mga namamayagpag sa Olympics?”

Sonza said this style of sports writing or sportscasting isn’t new, blaming this as the culprit.

“Alam po ninyo sa sports writing o sportscasting, hindi po bago ang ganitong bagay. Madalas po na ikinakabit sa istorya ng isang manlalaro kung saan siya nagmula o ano ang kanyang pinagmulan.”

Sonza went on to elaborate by citing a few examples following this trend.

“Halimbawa sa track and field – Lydia de Vega is the Asian Sprint Queen from Maycauayan, Bulacan. Sa golf – Yuka Saso is the US Open Champion from San Ildefonso, Bulacan. Sa tennis – Alexandra Eala is the Filipina teen age tennis wonder from Bacolod City, Negros Occidental.”

Sonza clarified that the Mindanaoans are not insisting that Bisaya-speaking Mindanaoans are triumphant in Tokyo2020. Once again, he explained that sports writing has always been this way.

“Hindi po sa pinagdidiinan naming mga Mindanaoan na Bisaya ang mga namamayani sa Tokyo2020. Sadya lang po na ganyan ang nagawiang pagsusulat o brodkas sa daigdig ng sports.”

Besides, the people from Mindanao are simply overjoyed that almost all who are going home with Olympic medals hail from the south.

“Bukod pa riyan, talaga naman puspos sa tuwa kaming mga taga Mindanao na halos lahat ng mga nakasungkit ng mga medalya ay mga tubong katimugan ng bansa.”

Once again, Sonza appealed to the public not to take it against them if they celebrate with zest the achievements of our national athletes. Sonza said that each of these athletes have inspiring story to tell.

“Please do not take it against us if we celebrate with gusto the achievements of our national athletes. Ang gaganda po ng kanilang mga kuwento ng kanilang panaginip, punyagi at tagumpay.”

Sonza went on to give netizens a brief glimpse of the stories of each Tokyo Olympians from Mindanao.

“Halimbawa na lang si Carlo Paalam. Isang cigarette vendor, isang garbage collector sa Cagayan de Oro City na nangarap maging isang mahusay na boxer.”

Si Nesthy Petecio na nagtungo mula Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur ay nagpunta sa siyudad at makipagsapalaran tungo sa kanyang panaginip hanggang masumpungan si Mayor Digong na siyang nag-aruga at tumustos ng kanyang panimula sa boxing.”

“We are simply overwhelmed with joy in our hearts with the achievements of our kababayan,” Sonza remarked.

Sonza said they cheered, shed tears of joy and had goosebumps when Hidilyn Diaz of Zamboanga successfully lifted the 127 kilograms that brought the country our historic 1st Olympic gold.

“Kasama po kami sa nagsisisigaw, pumapalakpak, lumuluha at pinaninindigan ng balahibo ng iangat ni Hidilyn Diaz ng Zamboanga ang 127 kilograms na siyang naghatid sa tagumapay para medalyang ginto.”

“Hindi po kami magmayaw ng gapiin ni Nesthy Petecio ng Davao del Sur ang nakalaban Tsino para sa Bronze Medal, ng talunin niya ang mas matangkad na Italyana para sa Silver Medal. At marahil ay sabay-sabay kaming tatangis kapag tinalo niya si Sena Irie ng Japan para medalyang ginto,” Sonza added.

Sonza confessed that the same emotional scene was repeated when Marcial of Zamboanga subdued his Armenian opponent, assuring himself a bronze in boxing.

“Napalundag kami sa tuwa ng pabagsakin sa first round ni Eumir Marcial ng Zamboanga ang kanyang kalabang Armenian tungo sa medalyang Bronze. How much more kung mapagtagumpayan niya ang kanyang Silver Medal match sa susunod na araw. Marahil sisigaw-sasayaw kami sa galak kapag masungkit niya ang isa pang medalyang ginto.”

“Again, my fellow Pilipinos, let us, Mindanaoans celebrate,” once again appealed for understanding from the public.

As of this writing, Sonza’s post has generated 2,150 reactions, 135 comments and 79 shares in 7 hours and counting.

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