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Former solon Monico Puentevella joins International Weightlifting Federation Hall of Fame

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BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – “I am ready to go anytime.”

Former Lone District Cong. Monico Puentevella sounded sentimental as he talked about being inducted into the International Weightlifting Federation Hall of Fame, becoming the first Filipino to join the prestigious list of champions and officials of the sport who have “significantly assisted” weightlifting.

Salamat International Weightlifting Federation. To God be the Glory | Photo and text from Friends of Monico Puentevella & Councilor Kalaw Puentevella Facebook page.
Salamat International Weightlifting Federation. To God be the Glory. | Photo and text from Friends of Monico Puentevella & Councilor Kalaw Puentevella Facebook page.

“I feel ecstatic, overjoyed,” Puentevella tells DNX as he readies to leave for the weekend awarding in Tirana, Albania, where that country’s weightlifting federation is based.

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Then his tone turns serious, “I am ready to go anytime,” he said and added: We have already won a gold in the Olympics (for weightlifting), Kalaw (his son) has become a councilor and Albee has won as mayor.

Puentevella, a colorful political and sports figure here, said after more than 20 years in weightlifting, during which he became the first Filipino to head the Asian Weightlifting Federation, his contribution was recognized.

Under his watch as Philippine weightlifting president, the country won its first Olympic gold through weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz in Thailand.

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Julius D. Mariveles
Julius D. Mariveles
An amateur cook who has a mean version of humba, the author has recently tried to make mole negra, the Mexican sauce he learned by watching shows of master chef Rick Bayless. A journalist since 19, he has worked in the newsrooms of radio, local papers, and Manila-based news organizations. A stroke survivor, he now serves as executive editor of DNX.
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