Team Mindanao touts the region’s athletes to pace the 25th MILO Little Olympics national finals
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, September 11, 2012 – Team Mindanao capped off yet another glorious set of games Sunday at the 25th MILO Little Olympics Mindanao Eliminations Leg. Over 5,000 athletes from 185 schools fired up the Don Gregorio Pelaez Sports Center with an astounding display of sportsmanship, talent and determination.
At the opening ceremonies, Gizza Mae Antalan and Frederick Enerio held the torches aloft to formally unwrap this year’s MILO Little Olympics Mindanao Elims Leg, as thousands of sports enthusiasts cheered to see the region’s best teams go head to head., Misamis Oriental Governor Oscar S. Moreno and Former Senator Ramon Magsaysay Jr. were among those who attended the prestigious event..
Exhilarating side events ushered in the 12 Olympic events as the Kauswagan Central School took home triple crowns by snatching the Biggest Delegation, Best in Saludo, and Most Disciplined School awards for the elementary division. Misamis Oriental General Comprehensive High School also snagged three of the most coveted special awards for the secondary division, namely Biggest Delegation, Best in Saludo, and Loudest Cheer. The cheering competition proved to be most thrilling with rounds of high-flying stunts from the elementary division’s victor, HN Cahilsot Elementary School, and the secondary division’s Misamis Oriental General Comprehensive High School.
Misamis Oriental General Comprehensive High School amplified the excitement in this year’s Mindanao leg with 141 points beating the defending overall champion for the secondary division, Corpus Christi School with 120 points, while Tangub City National High School settled for third with 95.5 points. With commendable courage, Cagayan de Oro City Central School pulled through a recent destructive fire accident and trounced its elementary division competitors Tangub City Central School and Corpus Christi School with 168 points.
The sporting events launched a series of action-packed episodes during the last eliminations leg preceding the much-anticipated national finals. The Corpus Christy School swimmers of the elementary boys division paddled their way to dominate the ranks as they bested contenders, West City Central School and St. Paul University of Surigao. Tangub City Central School took home the first prize for the elementary girls division, defeating Kong Hua School and Shekinah Learning School. Secondary boys division’s Surigao Norte National High School went all out to
take the lead with a score of 30 points, beating NDDU-IBED General Santos and Tangub City National High School. Strong contenders Corpus Christi School and Capitol University Basic Education surrendered the lead to the Tangub City National High School swimmers for the secondary girls division.
The athletics team of the CDO City Central School soared high with 30 points beating Tangub City Central School and Iponan Elementary School with 20 and 10 points, respectively for the elementary boys division. Tangub City Central School took center stage for the elementary girls division with 30 points, followed by Iponan Elementary School with 20 points and CDO City Central School with 10 points. The secondary boys division athletes of Misamis Oriental General Comprehensive High School (30 points) nabbed the first place on the leader board against Tangub City National High School (20 points) and Villanueva National High School (10 points).Tangub City National High School showed flair on the track as they won the secondary girls division with 30 points, followed by Misamis Oriental General Comprehensive High School with 20 points and Looc National High School with 10 points.
Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary School – Bukidnon (25 points) took the action to the playing field and bested Del Monte School – Bukidnon (15 points) and Abbas Orchard School (10 points) for the elementary division. Abbas Orchard School regained its glory in the secondary division with 25 points followed by Xavier University High School with 15 points and Gingoog City Comprehensive High School with 10 points.
Meanwhile, CDO City Central School’s (15 points) elementary boys division taekwondo squad successfully defended the top spot from six other schools that tied for 2nd place, namely Corpus Christi Parochial School of Iligan, Maryknoll School of Panabo City, Iligan City School, Merry Child School, Mother Hubbard Learning Centrix Inc., and St. Mary’s School. The CDO City Central School also topped the standings of the elementary girls division with 12.5 points against Corpus Chisti School and Magupo Pilot Central School. The Holy Trinity School of the secondary boys division did not back down until they secured a place to bring the heat into the National Finals with 15 points against Corpus Christi School and University of Mindanao Tagum. Agusan National High School finished with 15 points beating Corpus Christi School and Holy Trinity College for the secondary girls division.
“It’s going to be a challenge to finally win the championship title in the finals but our athletes have always been prepared to step up to the plate. It will be interesting to see how Team Mindanao will perform in the finals. Our coaches and athletes have been gearing up all year to prove themselves to other regions,” said MILO Little Olympics Mindanao Organizer, Megdonio Llamera.
The MILO Little Olympics, the most prestigious interschool sports competition in the country, strives to advance the progress of the athletic programs by encouraging the youth to be involved and develop their character and skills through sports. “We’re about to conclude another successful year of quality competitions with the MILO Little Olympics, but we will continue to cultivate our country’s promising athletes and help them realize their potential to go beyond their limits and achieve success,” said MILO Sports Executive Robbie de Vera.
The champions from all three regions are set to battle for gold as they represent their respective regions 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 MILO Little Olympics.
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