Budding athletes show wares in 25th MILO Little Olympics NCR elims
Diosdado P. Macapagal Elementary School, University of the East to represent NCR in National Finals
Marikina City – A total of 5,917 student-athletes from 170 schools competed for gold and glory at the recently concluded 25th MILO Little Olympics NCR eliminations leg at the Marikina Sports Complex, Marikina City. The five-day elimination tournament is the last of four regional legs leading to the MILO Little Olympics National Finals, which will be held in Marikina on October 19-21. Last year, NCR placed second in the 24th MILO Little Olympics National Finals.
With an overall score of 75 points, the Diosdado P. Macapagal Elementary School championed the ranks in the elementary division of the sporting events, raking in 70 points from the Boys’ teams and 5 points from the Girls’ teams. A close second is the La Immaculada Concepcion School with a total score of 65 points, followed by Legarda Elementary School in third place with 60 points.
In the secondary division, the University of the East conquered its rivals with a stellar overall performance of 120.5 points, with 90 points from the Boys’ teams and 30.5 points from the Girls’ teams. In second place is Sta. Elena High School with 83.5 points, followed by the Immaculate Conception Academy in third place with 65 points.
According to Dr. Robert Milton Calo, MILO Little Olympics NCR organizer, the strong rivalry among schools this season served as good motivation for the student-athletes to take their performance to the next level. “Volleyball was definitely the most exciting sports event this season. The Girls’ volleyball teams kept the audience at the edge of their seats with every serve, block and spike. However, it was the rivalry between the Sta. Elena High School and the National University secondary level Boys volleyball teams that stole the show,” he said. “They were all very competitive. If the teams maintain this level of competitiveness in the finals, they will have a fighting chance at taking home the Perpetual Trophy.”
MILO Sports Executive Robbie de Vera expressed that MILO provides an opportunity for student-athletes to showcase their athletic prowess in the national arena through the MILO Little Olympics. “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 is committed to encouraging student-athletes to work hard and persevere in pursuit of their dreams.”
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.
All the champions from the elimination legs will have the honor of representing their region and compete for the coveted Perpetual Trophy 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.