A plaque for first Fil-Am woman Olympic gold medalist

A+
A
A-

(From left, Front row) District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim, Rudy Corpuz Executive Director of United Playaz, WWII Veterans Simplicio Yoma, SFPD Deputy Chief Mike Biel, Rudy Asercion, Lolita Ramos of the WWII Veterans Widows and Wives, Inc. (From left, Back row) WWII Vets Bernardo Isorena, Leonardo Torres, Aquilino Delen, Reggie Nacua and Mrs. Juana Pailano. ESTER MISA CHAVEZ

SAN FRANCISCO—The San Francisco Parks and Recreation Commission on September 18 approved the installation of a bronze plaque describing the Olympic feat of Victoria Manalo Draves.

Victoria Manalo Draves. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Ester Misa Chavez

Manolo-Draves won the Gold Medal for the women’s diving competition both in the platform and springboard category in the 1948 Olympiad.

It was a first-ever triumph for women won by an Asian American who grew up as a disenfranchised biracial athlete in a largely segregated community.

A native San Franciscan, the Filipino American Manalo-Draves was born and raised on 10th and Howard streets, just two blocks from the park that now bears her name.

Manalo-Draves Park. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Ester Misa Chavez

Rudy Asercion, executive director of WestBay Pilipino Multi-service Center, said the plaque will add meaning to the name Victoria Manalo Draves Park and add self esteem to the Filipino/Asian American children and youth that go there.

Asercion’s students at the Soma After School Academic Enrichment Program initiated the campaign for the plaque’s installation.

Baylan Mejino, an EastBay resident who attended the commission meeting as a community supporter, said that when she has Filipino visitors, she can now give them a tour of San Francisco and show them our “own” park.

Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of INQUIRER.net. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.

  • mamerto

    Why only now has this story seen “Filipino-Print”…?
    Winning an Olympic Gold-Medal at that.
    SIXTY-Five Years is a life-time to many.

    Doesn’t even say whether ms Victoria Manalo Draves is still alive.

    • walaywalay

      Victoria “Vicki” Manalo Draves (December 31, 1924 – April 11, 2010)

      TSK TSK SAD & DESPERATE CORRUPT PHILIPPINES WHICH CAN FIND NO GOLD IN ITS NATIVE BORN ATHLETES TRIES TO STEAL AMERICAS
      Victoria “Vicki” Manalo Draves was a former Olympic diver.

      She was born in San Francisco USA a natural born American
      PURE DESPERATION
      when she won two gold medals in springboard and platform diving in the 1948 London Summer Olympics, there would have been monuments erected all over the Philippines to celebrate her inspiring victory and to mark the end of the nation’s long gold medal drought in the Olympics.
      But because the San Francisco-born daughter of Teofilo Manalo proudly represented the United States in the 1948 Olympics
      & BECAUSE SHE CHOSE THE USA OVER THE RP—THE PHILIPPINES SNUBBED HER & BUILT HER NOT 1 MONUMENT NOT EVEN A PLAQUE IN 65 YEARS & NOW THAT THE US IS PAYING FOR IT–THE RP WANTS TO CLAIM THE FAME
      SAD SO SAD

      • mamerto

        Nothing to be sad about.
        She, really didn’t have any “bonding ties” with the Philippines.

      • ed_nique

        she may not have been native born but both her parents were filipinos!
        anyways, there’s no quarrel … she and natalie coughlin were never claimed as a philippine olympic gold medalist so there’s no reason to build them any monuments!

  • sony ihli

    philippines don’t have a gold medal yet in olympic tally, victoria represent U.S.A NOT Philippines when she won the gold medal. she is filipino american but she did not win it for the philippines. somehow this news is kind a deceiving, it did not say the gold medal she won is under american flag.

    • walaywalay

      America does not give birth to hyphenated citizens–anyone born on US soil or in US airspace is plain and simple an AMERICAN

      • mamerto

        NOT “RIGHT”…!
        If both the parents of a U.S. born individual are foreigners…, that person has to signify his/her choice of citizenship, upon reaching, I think, age 18. Choices for citizenship could be that of his parents or the U.S.A.
        If he selects the U.S., he will be considered natural born.

        Another choice is : At the time of birth, or shortly thereof, the parents could give their consent to have their baby registered as a U.S. citizen.
        The baby would then be a “natural born U.S.A. citizen”…, eligible to run as President of the USA, upon reaching the minimum age requirement.

    • ed_nique

      it did not say that she won it for the philippines either!
      it was the san francisco parks and recreation commission that installed the plaque in recognition of her achievement as an olympic gold medalist and the first asian american to do so.
      the reporter may have thought that this would be significant to the philippines that she was fil-am.

  • hello stupids

    Is Philippines qualify in any sports of the modern Olympics ?

    I don’t see Philippines flag in the open ceremony and closing ceremony

    • mamerto

      Look harder…, “… stupid”.!
      The Philippines is one of the earliest member of the modern Olympic Org.
      Yes, the Philippines is/has been qualified in most of the sporting events.

      • hello stupids

        name 1event if U can….HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
        may be the Paralympics

      • mamerto

        NOW, NOW….!
        You’re showing your namesake…, meaning “stupid”,

        NOTE…very well…., that I did not “say” …. WIN.
        What I wrote was “QUALIFIED in most…”.

      • hello stupids

        IF Philippines “QUALIFIED in most..event Philippines possible can but cannot ?

        hahahahah
        the bar is way too high for the pygmy. dream on
        comeonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

      • JakeR8

        “Hello Stupids,” your comments speak volumes about who you are and the person that you are. Your parents must be so proud of you!

      • hello stupids

        Are U calling these a forum

        comeonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn stupids
        true hurts

      • mamerto

        Pray, tell, “STUPID”…,
        from what Country., “Rock”., or “SHiT-Hole., did you come from.?

      • hello stupids

        Nothing to be sad about.
        She, really didn’t have any “bonding ties” with the Philippines.

        Philippines is not a sport country but a focking country

        comeonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn stupids

      • mamerto

        I have observed that you, Stupid…,
        DO NOT Understand English, very well.
        I suggest you take a refresher course in academics and

        reduce your involvement in athletics.

      • hello stupids

        Philippines being a third world country I suggest you take a refresher course in academics and do some more exercise that will carrying more oxygen in your blood and will make U smarter
        hahahahaha

      • hello stupids

        what facility do U have right now ?

        comonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

  • valsore

    Why do we seem to always need to prop our image up? Why do we need to celebrate being disenfranchised or being segregated?

To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.

Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:

c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94

editors' picks

advertisement
advertisement