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A Gintong Alay original: Mayor Keon mourns passing of Asia’s sprint legend Lydia De Vega

Laoag City Mayor Michael Marcos Keon grieved for the passing of Lydia De Vega, dubbed as the queen of track and field in Asia.

The North Luzon politiko expressed his condolences to the De Vega family in a Facebook post on Thursday, August 11. De Vega, a two-time Olympian who ruled the sport in the 1980s, succumbed to breast cancer on Wednesday, August 10.

Keon recalled that De Vega was one of the first 20 Filipino athletes who trained in Baguio City under the Gintong Alay Project, where Keon was the first executive director. Gintong Alay was a project by the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr., father of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and uncle of Keon.

“On behalf of the City Government of Laoag, I extend my deepest condolences to the family of Lydia de Vega who passed away last night, August 10. Lydia was one of the 20 original athletes who trained in Baguio City under the Gintong Alay Project. She dominated track and field in Asia during her time earning her the title Asia’s Sprint Queen,” said Keon.

“Let us all pray for the eternal repose of her soul. Sapay koma ta ti Dios ti mangtartarabay kadagiti kameng ti pamilya ni Lydia iti daytoy a panawen ti inda panagladladingit. Dios unay ti agngina!” he added.