Agatha Wong: ‘My last name’s Chinese yet I’m Filipina more than anything’
MANILA, Philippines — Wushu heroine Agatha Wong made sure to show the Philippines’ colors for her final event in the 30th Southeast Asian Games last Tuesday.
As if making the country proud by winning multiple gold medals wasn’t enough, Wong had to remind her critics that having a Chinese surname doesn’t make her less of a Filipino.
“My last name’s Chinese and yet I am a Filipina more than anything. I was born in the Philippines, grew up in the PH and represent the Philippines wherever I go. Mahal ko ang bayan ko (I love my country),” Wong posted on her Twitter account Saturday, putting her naysayers in place.
“So don’t tell me I’m Chinese kaya ako nanalo (that’s why I won). Nanalo ako dahil Pilipino ako at lalaban ako (I won because I’m Filipino and I will keep on fighting).”
Wong, clad in red with blue accents during her performance in women’s taijijian final, has been very vocal in expressing her passion for wushu and love for country.
The 21-year-old Wong delivered her strongest message when she defended her women’s taijiquan title exactly a week ago before adding a second gold medal in the taijijian event two days later.
Wong is also a bronze medalist in the 2018 Asian Games.
“I wore red and blue on my last event of competition this SEA Games to represent the flag of my country. I hope I brought pride to the Philippines today,” Wong posted on her Instagram account on Wednesday.