Promising Athletes Take Center Stage in MILO Little Olympics Luzon Elims
University of Baguio reigns supreme; Holy Angel University dethrones Baguio City National HS
Lingayen, Pangasinan, August 22, 2012 – 3,622 student-athletes competed for glory despite heavy rains at the recently concluded 25th MILO Little Olympics Luzon eliminations leg at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center (NRSCC) in Lingayen, Pangasinan. Over 25,000 spectators, including Lingayen Mayor Ernesto C. Castañeda Jr., attended the opening ceremonies of the three-day elimination tournament.
According to Tess Bernardino, MILO Little Olympics Luzon organizer, the inclement weather affected the total turn-out of participants and posed the biggest challenge of this year’s Luzon leg. “We usually have about 5,000 students join the MILO Little Olympics [Luzon eliminations] annually. However, persistent rains made it difficult for some of our registered students from the far-flung provincial areas to travel to the venue,” said Bernardino. “Wind and rain also picked-up on the first day, but we were able to execute the back-up plan and relocate the side events to the NRSCC gymnasium without any major complications.”
The results of Friday’s side events unraveled with the Hilario Valdez Memorial Elementary School celebrating a double victory in the elementary divisions of the coveted Cheerdancing Competition and Best in Parade and Saludo Award. In the secondary division, BHC Educational Institution, Inc. danced their way to the first place of the Cheerdancing Competition, while Umingan National High School took home the Best in Parade and Saludo Award. This year, the Miss MILO Little Olympics pageant crown went to Princess Jamil D. Pascual (Elementary) and Maura Andrea A. Ortega (Secondary).
With a stellar overall score of 132 points, the University of Baguio emerged the champion in the elementary division of the sporting events, raking in 1st place medals in Chess (Boys), Swimming (Boys) and Taekwondo (Boys and Girls), 2nd place medals in Athletics (Boys), Chess (Girls) and Swimming (Girls), and a 3rd place medal in Table Tennis (Boys).
A far second is Hilario Valdez Memorial Elementary School with 70 points, followed by Telbang Elementary School in third with 62 points. Completing the top ten cast in the elementary level are Cabuyao Elementary School, Sped G Kalayaan-Olongapo City, Baguio Central School, Don Bosco Academy-Pampanga, Urdaneta I Central School, Candon South Central School and Saint Louis University Laboratory ES.
Students from the Holy Angel University surprised spectators when they dominated the ranks and dethroned reigning overall secondary level champion Baguio City National High School (Annex) for the first time in seven years. Taking home a grand total of 92 points, the Angeles-based school won 1st place in Athletics (Boys) and Chess (Boys), 2nd place in Athletics (Girls) and Taekwondo (Girls), 3rd place in Volleyball (Girls), 4th place in Taekwondo (Boys) and 5th place in Badminton (Girls).
In second place is LORMA Special Science High School with 83.5 points, followed by the University of Baguio-Prep High School in third with 71.5 points. Completing the top ten cast in the secondary level are Baguio City National High School (Annex), Angeles University Foundation, Ilocos Norte College of Arts and Trade, Benguet National High School, Zambales National High School, Olongapo City National High School and Telbang National High School.
Bernardino commends the regional government for their continued support of the prestigious interschool sports competition. “Other than the school leaders, teachers, and principals of these schools, the contribution to the success of this year’s event by our local government units (LGUs) play an important role in our student-athletes’ effort to pursue their dreams. A strong support system makes all the difference,” she added.
MILO Sports Executive Robbie de Vera also expressed that MILO’s collaboration with the local government and the Department of Education contributes significantly to the growing awareness of sports in provincial areas. “MILO continues its mission of building the next generation of Filipino champions through sporting events that inspire our student-athletes to strive for excellence,” said de Vera. “MILO offers an opportunity for student-athletes from all over the country to showcase their athletic prowess in the national arena.”
Now the most recognizable and sought-after interschool sports competition in the country, the MILOLittle Olympics offers student-athletes a chance to showcase their athletic excellence, determination and drive in the national arena as the first step towards achieving greatness in international leagues like the South East Asian Games, the World Youth Cup and the Asian Junior Track Meet.
This year, the MILOLittle Olympics seeks to develop not only athletic skills but mental discipline among budding young athletes as well through a roster of 12 sporting events, namely athletics, badminton, chess, football, gymnastics, lawn tennis, swimming, table tennis, tae kwon do and volleyball, sipa or sepak takraw and scrabble.
The 25th MILOLittle Olympics eliminations leg will shift to Visayas on August 24 – 26, and September 1 – 2, NCR on August 31 – September 2, and September 8 – 9, and Mindanao on September 7 – 9. All winners from the elimination legs will represent their region in the MILO Little Olympics National Finals in NCR on October 19 – 21, 2012. This year marks the first ever National Finals in Manila in the history of MILOLittle Olympics.
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