Tokyo Olympics 2020 silver medalist for boxing Carlo Paalam, and the first Filipina boxer to qualify for the Olympics, Irish Magno visited the Philippine Navy (PN) headquarters in Manila today, August 20 and paid a courtesy call on the Navy chief represented by the PN vice commander, Major Gen. Nestor Herico.
The PN flag officer in command recently approved the application for special enlistment as national athletes of Paalam and Magno. Both of them are now donning the rank of apprentice seaman (ASN). Major General Herico, during the call, administered their oath taking and the awarding of plaques.
ASN Paalam considered joining the Navy a dream-come-true saying, “Lubos po akong nagpapasalamat kasi pangarap ko talagang maging sundalo”. ASN Magno, on the other hand, vowed to reciprocate the trust and confidence that the Navy has given her.
In his remarks, Major General Herico lauded the two Olympians on their successful stint at the Olympics and thanked them on behalf of the PN “for giving a glimmer of hope to everyone. In the all-too-familiar sullen mood because of the pandemic, you inspired the Filipino nation and gave the hope that all of us direly need.”
“The Philippine Navy is honored and glad that you have chosen to serve and belong with us. Malugod namin kayong tinatanggap bilang mga Special Enlist personnel ng Hukbong Dagat ng Pilipinas,” Herico concluded.
Todays event highlights the Navys appreciation of and support to the hardworks and honors given by national athletes to our country. The enlistment of Paalam and Magno is a welcome development to the ranks of PN soldier-athletes who also serve as role models of physical fitness in the organization.