Friday, September 24, 2021

Nesthy Petecio to get 5-year unli flights from AirAsia

JAPAN. The Philippines's Nesthy Petecio holds up her silver medal after losing to Japan's Sena Irie in the women's featherweight 60-kg final boxing match at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, August 3, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP)

AIRASIA Philippines is one with the Filipino people in honoring boxer Nesthy Petecio who bagged silver in the women’s featherweight division.

The Davaoeño boxer’s heart-stopping bout over Japanese boxer Sena Ire gave the Philippines its second medal in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

To honor the Philippines’ first Filipina boxer silver medalist, AirAsia Philippines is giving Petecio five years unlimited flights.

Petecio’s victory in the women’s featherweight (54-57 kg) was not a fairy tale, especially that she had to score a clean win (via unanimous decision) against Columbian boxer Yeni Marcela Arias Castaneda in the quarter finals. She also defeated European boxing champion Irma Testa of Italy via split decision in the semi-final bout.

AirAsia Philippines spokesperson Steve Dailisan said, “Congratulations Nesthy! You definitely punched your mightiest to win this recognition for the Philippines. Your victory is an inspiration to everyone battling the pandemic to continue and never give up on the fight no matter what.”

Aside from Petecio, other Filipino athletes like boxers Carlo Paalam (Men’s Flyweight) and Eumir Marcial (Middleweight) and Ernest John Obiena (Men’s Pole Vault) are still up in the medal race.

Aside from providing lifetime unlimited flights for gold medal winners, AirAsia will also award those who win silver with five years of unlimited flights, and two years unlimited for bronze.

The 11-time World’s Best low cost airline is also giving free three round trip tickets (non-transferrable) to any AirAsia domestic destinations to all the 14 Filipino athletes who competed in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

“We hope the free flights would motivate our athletes to always go all the way for the gold and never stop dreaming big. We look forward to flying Nesthy and all our other Olympic athletes as they go home to their respective families in the province after their grueling training,” Dailisan added.

AirAsia recently awarded Olympic gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz with lifetime unlimited flights. (PR)


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