Hidilyn Diaz's book sells out after historic win, but publisher is printing more

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 29) — The Philippines' first ever Olympic champion Hidilyn Diaz's "Ginto't Pilak" sold out shortly after she won at the Tokyo Games, so her publisher is reprinting the book about the weightlifter's life story, launched nearly a year ago.

"The Anvil Shopee and Anvil Lazada stores and website ran out after two days, so we've had to turn it off for a while but we're reprinting so that a lot of people can share in the story of Hidilyn," Anvil Publishing President Xandra Ramos-Padilla told CNN Philippines' New Day on Thursday.

Ramos-Padilla said the public can also get a copy of the book through National Book Store if there is stock. But as of this writing, Diaz's book is out of stock in the National Book Store's online store

Ginto't Pilak tells a "very inspiring story of grit and determination, and you can see her journey from when she was at home in Zamboanga carrying pails of water and fish to the market and, that's how she started," Ramos-Padilla shared. She added the book is about how the four-time Olympian overcame misconceptions about women in weightlifting.

The book was co-authored by Eugene Evasco and Noel Ferrer, who is also Diaz's manager.

Ferrer said they are eyeing a follow-up to Ginto't Pilak, but added there is no concrete plan yet.

"It might be the nation talking about what the gold means to us," Ferrer hinted.

For now, Diaz, who arrived home Wednesday after over a year of being away for training and competition, will be focused on "giving back to the Filipino people and giving them more inspiration now," Ferrer said.

He also thanked everyone who supported Diaz, including tycoon Ramon Ang, who earlier committed to give cash incentives to Filipino athletes who will achieve a podium finish, and P10 million if they take home the gold medal, at the Tokyo Games.

Diaz will receive at least ₱43.5 million cash and other rewards from the government and private companies.

On Monday, Diaz lifted the spirit of Filipinos in the throes of pandemic when she ended the country's 97-year gold-medal drought in the Olympics, pulling off an upset against the world record holder in the women’s 55-kilogram weightlifting category.

Prior to her latest Olympic victory, the weightlifting star also clinched a silver medal in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 and a gold medal in the 2018 Asian Games.