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>Popular director Jose Javier Reyes wrote in a message to Filipino Martinez Barton, the first Olympic gold winner from South-east Asia:

The medal is immaterial. In the hearts of your countrymen, your feat is more than an Olympic Gold. You inspire?"

>A fellow countryman added:

Was teary eyed when I saw #MichaelChristianMartinez wave his jacket with PHILIPPINES printed on it. He put his heart&soul in his performance.