Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Not all victors return home with a happy face despite winning the gold.Ronie Trinidad, this year’s gold medalist in the dance sports category of the Palarong Pambansa held in Vigan City, came home to his hometown in Koronadal City, South Cotabato with a heavy heart.ADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:08SEA Games 2019: PH’s Kristina Knott zooms to 200m dash gold in record-setting run01:09SEA Games: PH’s Kristina Knott zooms to 200m dash gold in record-setting run02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Maraguinot not returning to Ateneo next year MOST READ In an interview with Inquirer.net, Trinidad said his mother originally wanted him to take piano lessons, but he decided to attend a summer training program in dance instead.He shared that he eventually got his mother’s support to pursue the sport until he became the gold medalist for the Latin dance sport in this year’s Palarong Pambansa. He said his mom would have been with him in Vigan if she did not get sick.“Na sad gid ako. Pero gin isip ko nga dapat maging strong gid ko. Mayad lang ara ang coaching staff kag team mates ko nga nag comfort sa akon [I was really sad, but I kept the motivation to go on, to compete, and get the gold medal. My coach and teammates were there for me],” Trinidad said.“Pagtawag sang gold, happy kaayo ko kah emotional. Pati mga team mates ko emotional man [I am very emotional. I cried when they called my name to announce that I won the gold medal.] I really want to make my Mama and Papa proud,” he added.When Trinidad first joined Palaro last year, he finished with a bronze medal. He said he promised his mother that he will win the gold this year.“Ma, kung nandyan ka man, bantayan mo kami, sila Kuya, Papa, sila Tita, pati mga pinsan ko,” he added. /eeSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast View comments Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident After waiting for 11 days to come home, Trinidad finally made it to Koronodal City to offer his medal to his mother, Maricar Trinidad, who had a fought a long battle with cancer.Ronnie’s cousin, Alex Christian Namoca, tweeted that right after arriving home from the games, he offered his medals to his mother.“My cousin just got home from Palarong Pambansa. He immediately offered his medals to his mother who died while he was still in Vigan,” Namoca posted on twitter.My cousin just got home from Palarong Pambansa. He immediately offered his medals to his mother who died while he was still in Vigan. 😭 pic.twitter.com/wJVigHkIcG— uɐᴉʇsᴉɹɥƆ xǝl∀ (@xtian197) April 20, 2018ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames While competing in the national games, which is every student athlete’s dream competition, his mother died of stage 4 lung cancer.Behind the stellar performances of competitors in the Palaro were narratives of fine hard work, sacrifices, and bitter-sweet triumphs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownLike all athletes, Trinidad left his hometown and went to Vigan focused on winning the game and bringing home the gold medal, but even before he can perform on the dance floor, he received the news of his mother’s passing.Despite the sad news, Koronadal’s dance athlete prevailed and went on to win the gold medal for Juvenile D Latin Dance Category and a silver medal for Juvenile C Latin dance category.