Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Philippines in the Olympic Games

In this year's Olympics, the Philippines managed to (at least) repeat the success it had two decades ago with female weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz garnering a silver medal in the 53-kilogram division. She is also the first Filipina to win an Olympic medal. However, despite this success, her medal is only the third silver medal won by the Philippines up to this article's date of publication. Overall, the Philippines already won ten (10) medals in the Olympic Games. In addition to this, the Philippines is yet to win a gold medal in the Olympic Games. Still, the Philippines in the Olympic Games had a long history that this article aims to introduce.

Teofilo Yldefonso
Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
The Olympic Games that we know today was organized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1896. The first host of the modern Olympic Games was Athens, since it is long held that the Olympics originated from Greece. The Philippines, meanwhile, had joined the IOC in 1918 and participated in the Olympic Games for the first time in 1924. This made the country to be first to compete in Southeast Asia. In addition, it is also one of the partipating nations which were not yet independent. At the time, the Philippines was under American colonial rule. The 1924 Olympic Games, hosted by Paris, saw one athlete from the Philippines compete in track and field. His name is David Nepomuceno (1900-1939). He did not win any medal, but he would later garner the gold medal in the 1925 and 1927 Far Eastern Championship Games (founded as Far Eastern Olympics). In the 1928 Olympic Games, hosted by Amsterdam, four atheletes were sent from the Philippines. One of them, Teofilo Yldefonso (1903-1942), won the bronze medal in swimming. This made the Philippines win a medal for the first time, and the first to win any medal in Southeast Asia. He won another bronze medal in swimming at the 1932 Olympic Games, hosted by Los Angeles. With this feat, Yldefonso was the first Filipino to win more than one medal in the Olympics. Meanwhile, his swimming style earned its own name, which is the "Yldefonso Stroke." In the same Olympic Games, two more Filipino athletes won the bronze medal as well. Simeon Toribio (1905-1969) won in high jump, while Jose Luis Villanueva (1913-1983) won in the bantamweight division of boxing. It was in 1932 when the Philippines won the most medals (three bronze medals in 1932) in its history in the Olympic Games.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

TYFH update: July 2016

The Young Filipino Historian: July 2016 update

This is the blog's update for July 2016, and the 22nd update article published. It is fervently hoped that the rationale of these updates be appreciated and understood by the audience. Small successes may these be to many, but let us consider that you are always to be entrusted with small things first.


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Mutiny Philippines: Andres Novales and his attempt at empire
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The coup that never was? Antonio Luna and the First Republic
Luna was rumored to have been planning a coup to overthrow Aguinaldo and make himself dictator. Were his organizational skills, witnessed in all the battles he headed during the war, that overrated?

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