Over time, because she was quarantined, Elma Muros-Posadas has in her home in Sta. Rosa, Laguna – dig up a treasure trove of old medals, trophies, pictures, newspaper clippings and even running shoes.
When she did a final inventory, Muros-Posadas, the 53-year-old athletics legend, sorted out more than 500 items that brought back flashbacks from a glorious career spanning two decades.
"It feels great to visit her again from time to time," Muros-Posadas told the investigator on Friday. "Sometimes it even makes me cry."
Of course she will not fake her first one. A gold medal at the Palarong Pambansa in 1980 in Tuguegarao.
The following year, at the age of 14, she saw an action at the 1981 Southeast Asian Games in Manila and won silver in the women's 4X100-meter relay with a crack team, including legend Lydia de Vega belonged.
"It felt great," said Muros-Posadas in Filipino. "Because I didn't imagine coming there at a young age. I came from far away, Magdiwang, Romblon, fifth of nine children."
Little did she know that she would later attract even more attention and awards.
She won 15 gold medals at various SEA Games events, setting records.
Half a pair of yellow, worn Asics Tiger spikes was sitting on their bed. She wore these shoes when she jumped 6.06 meters – a new record at the time – to win SEA Games' long jump gold in 1983.
The other half of the couple gave them as souvenirs to Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski, a riding master of the Asian Games and representative of the International Olympic Committee in the Philippines.
Muros-Posada's last gold at SEA Games came in 2001 when she led the heptathlon event and consolidated her versatility as an athlete.
"We plan to put it on a large shelf like a mini-museum," said her husband, national coach Jojo Posadas. "But it wouldn't even fit a 5X5 meter wall."
Even when she ventured into coaching, Muros-Posadas expanded her collection here and there. Her last was a long jump gold medal from the 2009 World Championships in Finland.
Muros-Posadas and her husband train athletes in various schools. But with the barring restrictions, they had no choice but to stay at home.
"I try to help people at the front and in the subdivision," she said, foregoing the rents for her unit nearby. "But we stay at home most of the time."
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