2009, September 21

PIDDIG, Ilocos Norte—When asked if they know Teofilo Yldefonso, most Ilocanos here would probably have no clue. But this is set to change after the National Historical Institute (NHI) built a marker in this town’s plaza on September 21 featuring a colored statue of the man whom the NHI recognized as the first Filipino Olympian and the only back-to-back Olympic medalist of the Philippines.

Born in Barangay 4, Sitio Bayog here in Piddig, Ilocos Norte on November 4, 1903, Lt. Teofilo Yldefonso is a great swimmer and a gallant soldier who introduced the modern breaststroke in swimming.

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