Mindanao and South Luzon finish strong in the 2015 MILO Little Olympics

Over 6,000 athletes ruled the center stage in prestigious interschool competition

Photo 1Promising young Karatedo athletes now have the chance to exhibit their athletic prowess as this year’s MILO Little Olympics expanded its lineup of sports events including Karatedo.

Sta. Cruz Laguna, Philippines, 02 September 2015 – The 2015 MILO Little Olympics recently concluded its first two regional legs in South Luzon held in Sta. Cruz Laguna, and Mindanao, in Cagayan de Oro City. Dasmariñas II Central School and San Beda College Rizal bagged top honors in the South Luzon leg while Corpus Christi School championed both divisions in the Mindanao leg.

Team South Luzon showed no signs of slowing down as over 4,063 student-athletes from over 700 teams ignite their winning streak and went full throttle in 15 different sports events including Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Football, Gymnastics, Lawn Tennis, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo and Volleyball, Chess, Sepak Takraw, Scrabble and two new demo sports in the lineup, Karatedo and Arnis.

Photo 2Last year’s Most Outstanding Athletes of the MILO Little Olympics led the lighting of the torch during the opening ceremonies of the 2015 MILO Little Olympics Mindanao leg in Cagayan de Oro.

The opening ceremony, which preceded the three-day tournament, was graced by Hon. Ramil Hernandez, Laguna City Governor along with thousands of spectators to support their young local athletes from South Luzon and NCR.

Dr. Robert Milton Calo, Regional Organizer of the South Luzon leg of the 2015 MILO Little Olympics expressed his appreciation to all student athletes who have shown their unrelenting passion for sports through this tournament. “It is with great pleasure to close another spectacular regional leg for the 2015 MILO Little Olympics,” he said. “All of our athletes were excellent and showed everyone their unbeatable dedication for the games. We look forward to a thrilling National Finals.”

Photo 3Young athlete rips out a powerful spike in the elementary volleyball event of the 2015 MILO Little Olympics Mindanao leg in Cagayan de Oro city.

From last year’s second spot in the NCR leg, San Beda College-Rizal emerged as the champion of this year’s regional games with a score of 102 points. Emilio Aguinaldo College-ICA landed on the second place with 91 points and Far Eastern University FERN College Diliman made it in third place with 75 points. Not to be overlooked are the fourth to tenth placers which are Kings Montessori School (68 points), San Pedro Relocation Center National High School (50 points), Sisters of Mary Of Banneux Inc (44 points), Paliparan National High School (35 points), UP Integrated School (33 points), Miriam College (30 points) and Arellano University (28 points).

Dasmariñas II Central School gained ground and clinched the top rank in the elementary division of the South Luzon leg with 90.5 point, setting a massive lead of 40 points against second placer Academy of God’s Children with 50 points, while Legarda Elementary School completed the top three with 46 points. Rounding up the top ten schools are Escuela De Sophia Of Caloocan, Inc. (43.5 points), Diliman Preparatory School (42.5 points), Statefields School, Inc. (39 points), Diosdado Macapagal Elementary School (37 points), Nuestra Señora De Guia Valenzuela (35 points), Concepcion Elementary School (32 points), while Colegio Monterei De Pila, Commonwealth Elementary School and Pacita Complex Elementary School established a tie, each scored 30 points.

In the Mindanao leg, held in the Gregorio Pelaez Sports Complex, southern bets Corpus Christi School once again ran the show in both the elementary and secondary divisions. An estimated number of 2,000 young local athletes from 149 schools across the region went head-to-head in the three-day prestigious competition.

MILO Little Olympics Mindanao Leg Regional Organizer Megdonio Llamera greatly appreciated the solid performances exhibited by participating teams. “The support of the school administrations has been instrumental in honing our young athletes to deliver strong performances in their respective sports events,” he said.

Secondary division champion Corpus Christi School garnered 151.33, relegating Misamis Oriental General Comprehensive High School to second place with 94.5 points and Zamboanga Del Sur Sports Academy-Pagadian City to third with 92.83 points. Completing the top ten schools are Tangub City National High School (50 points), Iligan City National High School (47.5 points), Xavier University High School (45.5 points). Tagum City National Comprehensive High School and Ateneo De Davao University drew a tie as the seventh placer with 45 points, while University of Mindanao-Tagum City and Koronadal National Comprehensive High School both secured the eighth spot with 44 points.

Photo 4Laguna Governor Hon. Ramil Hernandez shares an inspiring remark to participating student athletes during the opening ceremonies of the 2015 MILO Little Olympics South Luzon leg in Sta. Cruz Laguna.

In the elementary division, Corpus Christi School earned the highest marks with 136.5 points. City Central School-Cagayan De Oro ranked second with 75.4 points and Xavier University Grade School won third place with 66 points. Conquering the spots from fourth to tenth are Ateneo De Davao University (58 points), Igpit Elementary School (55 points), Koronadal Southern Elementary School (49 points), Oroquieta City Central School (47 points), West City Central School-CDO (42 points), Tangub City Central School (40 points) and Iligan City SPED Center (34 points)

With the National Finals approaching, Team Mindanao is wasting no time for preparations. “We have already notified our school participants to start training for the National Finals,” Llamera said. “We aim to produce stronger teams so we can look forward in witnessing them shine in the upcoming competition.”

With the conclusion of the first two legs, MILO Sports Executive Robbie De Vera sends his salutations to all athletes, coaches, school administrators and organizers who took part in the prestigious inter-school competition. “MILO Little Olympics continues to be a stepping stone for promising athletes in achieving prominence not only in the sporting community but also in life,” he said. “We congratulate the winners of the Mindanao Leg and the NCR-South Luzon leg of this season’s MILO Little Olympics and we look forward to witness your awe-inspiring performances in the National Finals.”

The 2015 MILO Little Olympics eliminations leg will head over to North Luzon on September 4-6 in Baguio, before heading to Visayas on September 11-13 in Iloilo. All winners from the elimination legs will represent their region in the 2015 MILO Little Olympics National Finals in Santa Cruz, Laguna on October 23-25, 2015.

The 2015 MILO Little Olympics is made possible by Wilson, Mikasa, Molten, Butterfly, Marathon and 2Go Travel, along with endorsements from the Department of Education, Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee.

For more information on MILO Philippines, log on to the official website (http://www.milo.com.ph) or the MILO Philippines Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/milo.ph). Follow MILO on Twitter (@MiloPH) and Instagram (@MiloPhilippines).

About MILO

The MILO brand is the world’s leading chocolate malt beverage that can be prepared with hot or cold milk or water. Given its popularity it is a “must have” product for food service operators particularly in Asia, Africa and Oceania.

MILO also promotes participation in sports through its Summer Sports Clinics, MILO-B.E.S.T. Center Training Program, MILO Marathon, and MILO Little Olympics. The leading beverage brand believes that these contribute to the holistic development of Filipino champions in sports and in life. 2014 marks MILO’s 50th year in the country.

About Nestle Philippines

Over a hundred years after it first started operations in the country, Nestle Philippines, Inc. (NPI) today is a robust and stable organization, proud of its role in bringing the best food and beverage throughout the stages of the Filipino consumers’ lives. The Company employs more than 3,200 men and women nationwide, and is now among the country’s Top 10 Corporations.

Driven by its mission to nurture generations of Filipino families, Nestle today produces and markets products under some of the country’s well known brands such as NESCAFE, NIDO, MILO, NESTEA, MAGGI, BEAR BRAND, NESTLE and PURINA, among others. Its product range has expanded to include coffee, milk, beverages, non-dairy creamer, food, infant nutrition, ice cream and chilled dairy, breakfast cereals, confectionery and pet care.

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