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Aww! Paneng Mercado is So Proud of Mom Lydia De Vega

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While the ‘Fastest Woman in Asia’ made sure to support Paneng Mercado’s volleyball dreams, it’s now her daughter’s turn to return the support and appreciation.

The moment the former Filipina super sprinter Lydia De Vega-Mercado carried the South East Asian (SEA) Games flag along with the other Filipino sports icons at the opening ceremony, Mercado just can’t help but feel the chills deep from within saying:

“I am so proud to see my Mom, Lydia De Vega as one of the federation flag bearers for the 30th Southeast Asian Games. I had chills when they announced her name; and kilig when I saw her wave to the crowd with matching flying kisses🥰”

Aww!

That is just so sweet coming from two top caliber athletes who were hailed as a multiple-time UAAP champion of La Salle, and a former two-time Olympian and Asia’s number 1 trackster.