Saturday, December 20, 2014

Grand Finals of the 38th National MILO Marathon

Reigning MILO Marathon Queen Mary Joy Tabal revelled in the spotlight as she defended her National MILO Marathon crown at the National Finals of the 38th National MILO Marathon held on December 13 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds. Not to be overlooked, Rafael Poliquit was named the 2014 National MILO Marathon King as he won his first National MILO Marathon championship title in the prestigious footrace. Today’s race saw 19,242 registered runners, bringing the total headcount of the season to 228,000 which shattered last year’s record.

Tabal received P250,000 and a trophy for her outstanding victory in the 42K Open category, while Poliquit received P150,000 and a trophy for his win in the 42K Local category. Both will have the chance to run in an international marathon in 2015, with all-expense paid trips sponsored by MILO.

In the 42K Open category, only Rose Nyangacha finished ahead of Tabal, posting a time of 02:47:33. Despite the blisters and blood on her feet, the 25-year-old Cebuana put up a brave fight as she trailed closely behind Nyangacha, finishing with a time of 02:51:55. Immaculate Chemutai (02:52:49) finished in third place. It was a tough competition amongst former MILO Marathon Queens in the 42K Local category. Christabel Martes led the pack and posted a time of 03:03:49, while Mary Grace Delos Santos (03:05:34) and Jhoan Banayag (03:07:59) came in second and third place, respectively.*

“There was a lot of pressure on me since I was expected by many to retain the title. I needed to overcome that immense amount of pressure and nervousness. I motivated myself to push harder and to enjoy the race. It was also good because I challenged myself to become better,” shared Tabal. “I am happy that I had another chance to show what I can do and what I am capable of. I hope to inspire more Filipino runners, especially the kids, to continue running and striving to achieve their dreams.”

Kenyans dominated the male 42K Open category, with 2011 MILO Marathon champion James Tallam recording an impressive time of 02:21:08, Josphat Kiptanui (02:21:31) following in second and Joel Kiplimo Kemboi (02:21:31) in third.*

First-time champion Rafael Poliquit set a swift pace against his local rivals with a time of 02:32:29, relegating five-time MILO Marathon King Eduardo Buenavista (02:33:56) to second place and Ireneo Raquin (02:35:50) to third place.*

“I trained everyday with 20km runs, and a race every Sunday. I am my own coach. I did not expect to win because it is quite tough to balance work and training, but my victory today proved that despite difficulties, I am still able to compete with the nation’s elite runners,” expressed Poliquit.

Kids, students, parents and families joined in on the fun as the running community gathered in the nation’s biggest footrace. Celebrity triathlete Kuya Kim Atienza ran in the 21K race, while fellow fitness buff, actress Anne Curtis, ran in the 10K race.

With the support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO’s Help Gives Shoes advocacy will provide 16,000 underprivileged youth with brand new running shoes and reach the 50,000 mark this year. As MILO celebrates its 50th year, Help Give Shoes aims to make the donation to students in Yolanda-hit cities, particularly Tacloban, Ormoc, and Eastern Samar.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

MILO-BEST Center SBP-Passerelle National Finals

The country’s most renowned annual interschool league for junior basketball players, the MILO-sponsored Basketball Efficiency and Scientific Training (BEST) Center Small Basketeers of the Philippines (SBP)-Passerelle Twin Tournament, is set to cap its 2014 season at the Magis Eagles Arena of the Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu in the Queen City of the South. On December 13 and 14, eight of the nation’s best junior basketball teams will go head-to-head for the coveted division crowns.

Xavier School will lead NCR’s tilt to grab the SBP championship title as they face regional rivals Berkeley School of Baguio (Luzon), Ateneo de Iloilo (Visayas), and Faith Christian School of Bukidnon (Mindanao). Vying for the Passerelle championship title are Chiang Kai Shek College (NCR), University of the Visayas (Visayas), Holy Child School of Davao (Mindanao) and Holy Angel School of Pampanga (Luzon).

“We are anticipating another exciting finale filled with talent, sportsmanship, and team work from our young champions. Every year, we witness the players bring the best out of one another,” said Robbie De Vera, MILO Sports Executive. “This tournament remains a major platform for young basketball players to help them progress to the professional league. Through the MILO-BEST Center clinics and tournaments such as the SBP-Passerelle, we expose them to a high level of competition which encourages them to develop not only their technical skills but also their character. We are confident that the experience will help in their formation as well-rounded individuals.”

Since 1983, MILO and BEST Center have consistently pioneered sports development in the country by educating the youth with the fundamentals of the game using a scientific and systematized approach. Held in line with MILO’s commitment to building champions in sports and in life, the MILO-BEST Center’s SBP - Passerelle twin tournament furthers a shared vision of promoting sports from the grassroots level and developing the country’s next generation of basketball heroes.

The SBP-Passerelle twin tournament has produced notable cagers, namely former PBA Philippine Cup finals Most Valuable Player Larry Fonacier, Rain or Shine Elasto Painters point guard Chris Tiu, Alaska Aces all-star guard JV Casio, former PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals MVP James Yap and Gilas Pilipinas players LA Tenorio and Jeff Chan.

For more details, please log on to the BEST Center Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/BEST-Center-Sports-Inc/66172039922. 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).

Friday, December 12, 2014

Alaska Holds Country's Biggest Tournament

photo grabbed from alaskapowercamp.com
All roads lead to the Ayala Alabang Country Club in Muntinlupa when Alaska Milk holds the biggest and most eagerly awaited football tournament in the country the 2014 Alaska Football Cup this weekend, Nov. 29 and 30. Football players of all ages, from as young as six years old, participate in this annual event organized by Alaska Milk

The annual Alaska Football Cup is the one football tournament that young players from all over the country look forward to every year.

Teams representing schools and football clubs from all over the Philippines including Masbate, Baguio, Negros Occidental, Cebu, Davao, Palawan, Legaspi, Laguna, Batangas, Bukidnon, Zambales, Pampanga, Tarlac, Ilocos, Bicol, Romblon, Davao Sur, Compostela Valley, Quezon, Cavite, Albay, Pangasinan, Bacolod, Iloilo, Mindoro and Metro Manila will participate.

The annual football event, which started in 1995, holds its 19th edition this year with over 300 teams of more than 4,500 players competing in the different categories. The two-day event will be played over more than 750 seven-a-side games, in 30 football fields, and officiated by over 120 game officials.

The Alaska Football Cup is one of the country's most successful grassroots development program in football.

Alaska believes that sports play an important role in instilling the value of determination, discipline, hard work, team work and sportsmanship among the youth. Sports help them achieve the “winning form” which is Alaska's goal for the children.

The National Nutrition Survey of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) revealed issues on health that are best addressed by adopting an active healthy lifestyle and by regular consumption of nutritious food such as milk. Programs such as the Football Cup reinforces Alaska Milk's thrust in promoting a healthy lifestyle not just by drinking milk but also by engaging regularly in physical activities such as football. Alaska seeks to engage all Filipinos, especially the youth, in sports.

It is in line with Alaska Milk’s program and dream to be part of the lives of more children in the Philippines and encourage these young champions to embrace a healthy and active lifestyle through football.

The tournament develops the athletic skills of participants to the fullest because they compete against athletes of the same age as well as physical and mental development.

Alaska does not just sell milk products. It promotes community development and nation building by nurturing positive values of teamwork, cooperation and fair play through sports activities like the 2014 Alaska Football Cup. Alaska promotes a healthy lifestyle, especially among children, through regular sports activities and proper nutrition.

Watch the best young football players from all over the Philippines this weekend as they compete in various categories. Admission is free. For more information on the Alaska Football Cup please visit the Website http://alaskapowercamp.com/football/2014/ or follow on twitter: @ALASKAsportshub.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

38th National MILO Marathon Davao 2014

DAVAO City, Philippines – Sonny Wagdos and Judelyn Miranda claimed the top honors in the 21K event at the Davao leg of the 38th National MILO Marathon. Over 10,000 runners joined the last qualifying leg of this year’s National MILO Marathon season. The Davao leg is the last qualifying race of this year’s National MILO Marathon season.

Wagdos and Mirands each received a cash prize of P10,000 and a trophy, and will join the rest of the qualified elite runners in a heated finale at the National Finals in Manila on December 7, where the MILO Marathon King and Queen titles are up for grabs. The 2014 MILO Marathon King and Queen will also have the chance to run in the 2015 Tokyo Marathon, with all-expense paid trips to Japan sponsored by MILO.

Easily navigating the route and using the good weather to his advantage, Wagos clinched first place with a time of 01:13:59, beating rivals Michale Jan Echalico (01:15:03) who followed in second, and Gilbert Maluyo (01:18:13) who placed third.

The 20-year-old University of Mindanao student has been running in the MILO Marathon for four years now, but it is first time to join and win the 21K running event. “I feel so happy and blessed that I won, because everyone knew I never ran 21K before today. I didn’t expect to win because at the start, there were many runners ahead of me. I attacked at the turning point, and thankfully, I won,” shared Wagos. “It’s an amazing feeling. After the race, a kid approached me and asked if I am Sonny Wagdos. He wanted to have a picture taken with me. He told me that he was amazed that I won, and watching me made him want to try running. It’s heartwarming to know that I am able to inspire others, especially kids.”

On the distaff side, Miranda finished impressively with a time of 01:33:55, outpacing fellow runners Madelyn Carter (01:49:43), and Daisy Joy Dayondon (01:58:09), who placed second and third, respectively.

Miranda, a 29-year-old native of Tagum City, also won first place in the 2013 Butuan leg of the National MILO Marathon. When she was younger, she used to watch her older sisters run, and seeing them engage in the sport inspired her to join them in the races. “My older sister Rosalie still runs with me today, and we are also joined by my son. He ran in the 3K race in Cagayan De Oro,” shared Miranda. “I felt that my training for this race was inadequate because I was very busy at work and caring for my son. I only ran whenever I had the time. I also had a difficult time during the race because I experienced stomach cramps and had a hard time breathing in the last 15 minutes of the race. Despite all this, I am grateful to God for still giving me the chance to win.”

With the support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO’s Help Gives Shoes advocacy will provide 16,000 underprivileged youth with brand new running shoes and reach the 50,000 mark this year. As MILO celebrates its 50th year, Help Give Shoes aims to make the donation to students in Yolanda-hit cities, particularly Tacloban, Ormoc, and Eastern Samar.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

38th National MILO Marathon GenSan 2014

GENERAL SANTOS City, Philippines – MILO Marathon veterans Arnold Unabia and Liza Ambasa set a swift pace at the 21K centrepiece events at the General Santos leg of the 38th National MILO Marathon held on Sunday. Over 9,300 runners joined the prestigious race, establishing the record of the biggest race in General Santos City to date.

Unabia and Ambasa took home the top purse of P10,000 in cash and a trophy. Both had also booked their slots to the National Finals in Manila on December 7, where they will meet the nation’s elite runners in a heated grand finale to claim the MILO Marathon King and Queen titles. To provide another level of prestige to the competition and incentive for the runners, this year’s King and Queen will be sent by MILO to Japan on all-expense paid trips, for a chance to run in the 2015 Tokyo Marathon.

Using the good weather to his advantage, Arnold Unabia emerged first, posting a time of 01:15:12. Rivals Dante Baay (01:15:30) and Joselito Dugos (01:16:30) followed in second and third place, respectively.*

The 36-year-old from Tangub, Misamis Oriental has been joining the MILO Marathon since 1997, and has an impressive list of awards to his name, most notably the nine champion titles in Cagayan De Oro and a third place finish in th 2013 National Finals. Unabia, Tangub City’s head coach in Athletics, trains students from Tangub City Central School and Tangub City National High School. Aside from the MILO Marathon, his students also compete in the MILO Little Olympics. “I usually join the Cagayan De Oro race but this year, I was too busy coaching my students who won first place in the 5K and 10K events. My daughter also joined the race and she won third place in the 3K event,” shared Unabia. “I wasn’t able to train as much as I wanted to because I focused on my students. I am thankful to the Lord that I still won. For the National Finals, I need an intesive, focused training program. This is essential in preparing for the finals.”

In the distaff side, Liza Ambasa finished with a time of 01:31:36, impressively beating fellow runners Gelyn Ninofranco (01:53:07) who came in second, and Rosilie Lim (01:53:18) who followed in third place.*

Ambasa, a 31-year-old native of Tiruray, South Cotabato currently living in Davao, has also been joining the MILO Marathon for many years now, and has been consistently winning her qualifying races. She is most proud of claiming the third place title twice in the National Finals. “I am very pleased with my win. The route was good. I set my pace with the male runners during the entire race,” shared Ambasa. I train with my fellow members of my running club, Titan Davao, and I will continue with my training program to prepare for the National Finals. I hope I can finish impressively again.”

With the support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO’s Help Gives Shoes advocacy will provide 16,000 underprivileged youth with brand new running shoes and reach the 50,000 mark this year. As MILO celebrates its 50th year, Help Give Shoes aims to make the donation to students in Yolanda-hit cities, particularly Tacloban, Ormoc, and Eastern Samar.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

70% Off at Markdown Madness @ TriNoma

One of the biggest annual sale events in town, Markdown Madness, is happening once again! Enjoy up to 70% discount on participating brands: Skechers, Sperry Top-Sider, Keds, Saucony, Merrell, Creative Recreation, Pony, and No Fear from November 27 to 30, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the TriNoma Activity Center in Quezon City.

Markdown Madness promises to be another grand sale event with great finds on selected items from participating brands. This is a good time to buy your Christmas gifts, too! Don’t miss this chance to get the best shoe deals in town! Visit Markdown Madness on Facebook for more information and updates.

Monday, November 24, 2014

19th Alaska Football Cup

Given the growing issues on health as well as the fast-changing technological environment which leads to the change in children’s interests and behavior or sedentary lifestyle, there is a need to reinforce its thrust in leading a healthy lifestyle not just by drinking milk but also by leading an active lifestyle. Alaska seeks to engage Filipino consumers, especially the youth, in sports.

Alaska believes that sports play an important role in instilling the value of determination, discipline, hard work, team work and sportsmanship among the youth. These fundamental values develop character and are necessary attributes for success as much as good health and proper nutrition.

2014 is the 19th year of Alaska Football Cup and this event is the biggest football competition in the Philippines. With over 300 teams playing 4,500 players, 30 football fields, more than 120 referees, more than 750 games and 2,800 goals.

Participants as young as six (6) years old up to 16 could participate in this much awaited
event. They came from different parts of the Philippines such as Masbate, Baguio, Negros OCC, Cebu, Davao, Palawan, Legaspi, Laguna, Batangas, Bukidnon, Zambales, Pampanga, Tarlac, Ilocos, Bicol, Romblon, Davao Sur, COMVAL, Quezon, Cavite, Albay, Pangasinan, Bacolod, Iloilo, Mindoro and Metro Manila.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Garmin Concept Store @ Glorietta 5

As fitness, sports, and healthy rapidly grip Filipino's passions and everyday lives, technology as well must adapt, if not even more rapidly. Garmin, a worldwide pioneer and leader in GPS, is a premier example of this exciting new trend in technology. Harnessing the power of GPS, Garmin has developed a broad portfolio of products that extend the functionalities far beyond navigation.

Garmin is all about life in motion - no matter what it is you live for. There are Garmins for those who love to trek, to travel, to swim, or to golf. Check out their newly opened store at 3F Glorietta 5 and get your life in motion started. Visit Garmin Center on Facebook (fb.com/garmincenter)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

38th National MILO Marathon CDO 2014

CAGAYAN DE ORO City – Returning Cagayan De Oro champ Juniel Languido and up-and-coming runner Christine Hallesgo claimed the top spots as they clinched their respective victories in the 21K centrepiece events at the Cagayan De Oro leg of the 38th National MILO Marathon held on Sunday. More than 12,000 runners graced the fifteenth qualifying leg of the prestigious nationwide race in the City of Golden Friendship.

Languido and Hallesgo each received a cash prize of P10,000 and a trophy, and will lead 70 other qualifiers from CDO to the National Finals in Manila on December 7, where elite runners from all over the Philippines go head-to-head in a grand finale to claim the MILO Marathon King and Queen titles. As an added level of prestige to the competition, this year’s King and Queen will have the chance to run in the 2015 Tokyo Marathon, with all-expense paid trips to Japan sponsored by MILO.

Though faced with a slight challenge due to the new route, veteran runner Languido expertly navigated it and posted a new record of 01:10:16, beating fiercest rival and good friend Blendon Sandinao (01:14:42) who finished second. Bryan Quiamco (01:15:10) followed in at third place.*

In the distaff side, Malaybalay Runners member Christine Hallasgo secured her first ever National MILO Marathon 21K victory with a time of 01:27:48. Cresabel Cadion (01:33:11) came in at second place and Lezette Albarote (01:36:59) in third.*

Young Taekwondo star and MILO Rising Champion Jason Sia also joined the 5K event of the race. The 14-year-old 9th grade student from Puntod, Cagayan De Oro emphasized the importance of incorporating running in his training regimen. “Running really helps with my Taekwondo training because it builds up stamina and requires a lot of discipline,” shared Sia. “It’s my first time to join the MILO Marathon but I plan to join again next year and possibly level up to the 10K event. I really enjoyed the race.”

With the support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO’s Help Gives Shoes advocacy will provide 16,000 underprivileged youth with brand new running shoes and reach the 50,000 mark this year. As MILO celebrates its 50th year, Help Give Shoes aims to make the donation to students in Yolanda-hit cities, particularly Tacloban, Ormoc, and Eastern Samar.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

HP Recovery Run 2014


The Run United HP Recovery Run is a non-competitive run designed to help progressive runners embrace the value of recovery and how its proper application can help them establish future personal records. It will be held on December 14, 2014 with 5km, 10km & 21km race categories. All categories will have a start and finish at the 34th St. The Fort, BGC.

All finishers will learn more about the proper application of various recovery regimens at the Enervon HP Recovery Village. Each activity has been developed in partnership with the University of Santo Tomas, College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Sports Science and Physical Therapy Departments

Registration Schedule
Online/Instore Registration - Until Nov 30

Prepaid Venues
RUNNR Store BGC • B1 Bonifacio High St. The Fort, Taguig City
Toby’s Galleria • 3F Robinson’s Galleria, EDSA cor. Ortigas Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig City
Toby’s SM North • SM North – The Block G/F, North Ave. cor. EDSA Quezon City
Toby’s MOA • SM Mall of Asia, G/F Entertainment Hall, Roxas Blvd, Manila

Registration Fee
PHP750 - 5km
PHP850 - 10km
PHP950 - 21km

Assembly and Gun Start
21km - 330AM - 430AM
10km - 430AM - 530AM
5km - 430AM - 540AM

Reminders
• Exclusive to 2014 Run United finishers.
• Limited slots only. Registration is on a first-come, first served basis, and may end earlier than the announced deadline. Race slots may run out before November 30, 2014.
• Participants are encouraged to wear any of their 2014 RU singlet/finisher shirt, no singlet will be provided.
• Runner participants who register at the stores will receive their race bib with D-tag upon purchase. A Valid ID must be presented upon registration.
• Those who will be registering for their friends must buy a prepaid card. The race bib with d-tag will be delivered on or before December 7, 2014.
• Finishers’ shirt sample sizes will be available for fitting at the registration centers.
• All finishers will receive a limited edition HP Recovery Tech Shirt.
• D-Tag will be provided to every participant to get the runner’s accurate time result and must be surrendered to claim the finisher’s item after the race.
• No BIB, No D-TAG, NO RACE.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

NCR gain Perpetual Trophy at the 2014 MILO Little Olympics Finals

MARIKINA, Philippines – Student-athletes of the National Capital Region celebrated their hard-earned victory as they were crowned Overall Champions at the recently concluded MILO Little Olympics National Finals held in Marikina City Sports Center, Marikina City. Clinching a grand slam of three consecutive championships, the host region accomplished their mission of taking home the coveted MILO Little Olympics Perpetual Trophy.

Thousands of student-athletes, coaches and spectators from all regions came together as one in the country’s most prestigious interschool sporting competition. The regional teams gave their very best as they exhibited their athleticism, sportsmanship and camaraderie in their quest for glory in the three-day event.

The opening ceremony was graced by prominent guests of honor including Marikina City Mayor Hon. Mayor Del De Guzman, Philippine Olympic President Jose “Peping” Cojuango, POC Vice president Joey Romasanta, Regional Director for Department of Education of National Capital Region Dr. Luz Almeda, Nestle Chief Executive Officer and Chairman John Martin Miller, and Nestlé Business Executive Manager for Beverages Sherilla Bayona. MILO Champions, Japoy Lizardo, Christina Garcia-Long and renowned marathon runner Rio de la Cruz took part in the festivities and aided student-athletes as they lit the Olympic flame, signifying the commencement of the games.

Team NCR stamped their supremacy in the competition, finishing with an impressive 647.5 overall points, with a difference of nearly 85 points against its most heated rival Team Visayas. The Bisdaks garnered an overall score of 563 points in second place, while Team Mindanao secured third place with 436 points, and Team Luzon placed fourth with 393.5 points.

Team Visayas was the main feature of the elementary division, posting a total division score of 315 points. The Bisdaks excelled in individual and team sports, including Football, Boys’ Swimming and Boys’ Volleyball. Team NCR followed the lineup in second place with 298.5 points, Team Mindanao in third place with 232.5 points, and Team Luzon in fourth place with 174 points.

In the secondary division, Team NCR was the star, establishing a total division score of 349 points. The Big City student-athletes topped the ranks in Athletics, Football, Sepak Takraw, Swimming and Girls’ Volleyball. Not to be overlooked are Team Visayas in second place with 248 points, followed by Team Luzon with 219.5 points in third place, and Team Mindanao with 203.5 points in fourth place.

In line with MILO’s 50th year anniversary, the leading beverage brand awarded 50 Most Outstanding Athletes at the closing ceremonies. The awardees were selected from each sporting event, both in the elementary and secondary divisions. To further encourage the student-athletes to aim for excellence in sports and in life, the 50 awardees were each given a cash prize of Php10,000 worth of educational assistance fund, a plaque of recognition, and a one year supply of MILO products.

In 2015, Team Mindanao will host the 28th MILO Little Olympics in Cagayan De Oro, the City of Golden Friendship. All of the regional teams will be back on full throttle as they embark on their road to claim the championship title for the next season.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Holiday Treats from Rudy Project

Rudy Project brings you its much anticipated Annual Holiday Sale! Right in time for your Christmas Shopping run, get your hands on the latest in Technically Cool gear with ridiculously low prices and jaw dropping deals! Mark your calendars for this huge sports blow out happening on November 16 to 21 at the Tektite Tower, Ortigas Center.

A few Holiday Treats you can look forward to are: Free Special Edition items; Additional 5% off for BDO Credit Card holders; Free Gift Wrapping; Buy 1 Take 1 deals on Rudy Project Rydon Eye Wear; Free Donuts from November 17 to 21; 40% off on all ORCA items; Special Promos on Rudy Projects Helmets and Bags; Buy 2 Get 1 offers on EFX bracelets; and a 20/20 Promo on Rudy Project Eyewear!

Enjoy Huge Discounts and get Big Savings in the best Holiday Sale in sports gear from a brand trusted by both athletes and sports enthusiasts. It’ll be a very Merry Christmas, indeed!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Rexona Runners Powered by Music

Three tunnels, three musical genres, and 12,422 thousand people running to the beats of the top DJs in the metro– last October 26, at the Mall of Asia grounds Rexona brought the music powered run to the next level in Run To Your Beat 2.

Taking Rexona’s Do More philosophy to the next level, Rexona Run To Your Beat 2014 challenged runners’ limits through music, while also keeping runners fresh. Mar Corazo, Rexona Brand Manager, says, “It was an amazing run, and I truly believe that music does push all of our runners to beat their personal bests.”

Collaborating with Universe and the top DJs in the Philippines, from the first gun start at 3:00 AM to the finale runners hit the pavement entertained by visual and auditory experiences, and music zones that featured live DJ performances, lights, and three themed tunnels.

Deuce Manila kicked off all categories at the gun start. 5k and 10k runners went through the Retro and Hip Hop tunnels with DJ Euric and Motherbasss accompanied by MC Pao respectively. The tunnels featured roller bladders, disco balls, street art and laser lights. 21k runners experienced all three tunnels, which included the EDM tunnel with Martin Pulgar.

At the end of the race all runners were treated to a party ending DJ due set by Ace Ramos and Mars Miranda, and a jumping performance by Sponge Cola.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

RiCo Corn Rice Makes Healthy, Yummy!

In pursuit of a healthy lifestyle, there is no need to deprive ourselves of the pleasure of a good meal. With RiCo Corn Rice, we can have the best of both worlds.

Rico corn rice is made from 100% Philippine-grown corn fortified with iron and calcium. It tastes just like regular rice but provides the nutrition of corn. Each grain is naturally rich in antioxidants and vitamin A as well as beta-carotene and lutein for good eyesight. As a complex carbohydrate, corn provides sustained energy. It is ideal for athletes and those who lead active lifestyles. Corn is known for its high fiber content, a quality valued by the figure-conscious. In addition, corn has no cholesterol and has lower glycemic index for controlled and balanced blood sugar that is ideal for diabetics and weight watchers.

Incorporating RiCo corn rice into the daily routine is fairly simple. Its preparation is not far from what we are accustomed to. At the recent launch of RiCo, RiCo’s very own Chef Joey dela Cruz demonstrated the three easy steps of cooking RiCo: boil, pour, and simmer. Boil the suggested amount of water. Then, pour the desired amount of RiCo. Finally, simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes. To prevent loss of water-soluble nutrients, the grains should not be washed. If a loose and fluffy consistency or buhaghag is preferred, RiCo should be cooked like pasta: boil the water, put in RiCo, and then, drain. RiCo retains its yellow hue even after it is cooked, making it very visually appealing and a hit among children.

During the launch, Chef Jessie Sincioco demonstrated the versatility of the ingredient through a sit-down meal of mesclun greens salad with prawn RiCo pops, minestrone with RiCo, a main course of pan-fried codfish fillet in pommery mustard sauce and grilled chicken breast in creamy pepper sauce served with RiCo pilaf and sautéed French beans, and RiCo crocant roll. At home, you can use RiCo in your daily favorites such as sinangag, java rice, yang chow rice, and paella.

The locally produced RiCo is a first from the Philippines. Aside from making healthy yummy, this innovation also provides increased livelihood for our farmers and develops our country’s natural resources.

RiCo is available in 1-kilogram, 2-kilogram, and 5-kilogram packs at SM Supermarket, SM Hypermarket, Rustan’s Supermarket, Walter Mart Supermarket, Robinsons Supermarket, Ever Supermarket, The Landmark Supermarket, Sta. Lucia East Supermarket, Pioneer Centre Supermart, Hi-Top Supermart, Cherry Foodarama, South Supermarket, NCCC Supermarket, Gaisano Mall, and other leading supermarkets nationwide.

For more information and recipes, visit www.yummyhealthy.ph. You may also click on the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/yummyhealthylife. Follow the news about RiCo on Instagram via www.instagram.com/yummyhealthylife and Twitter via www.twitter.com/yummyhealthyph

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA Philippine All-Stars Conquered Beijing

The 2014 Philippine All-Star teams of Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA Presented by Alaska together with Jr. NBA All-Star teams from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam flew to Beijing, China last October 12 to 16 for a once-in-a-lifetime NBA experience. The team was able to visit historic attractions in China like the famous Juyongguan Great Wall and the Forbidden City. The team also got the chance to play a friendly games at the Yao Ming School and meet basketball legend Yao Ming himself before attending the NBA Beijing Global Games. Become a Champion too! Watch out for the 2015 Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Presented by Alaska!

NUTRITION. ACTION. CHAMPION. For more information on Jr. NBA Philippines visit www.jrnba.asia/philippines. Alaska Basketball Power Camp visit: www.alaskapowercamp.com/basketball and for live Twitter updates, follow: @ALASKAsportshub.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

38th National MILO Marathon Butuan 2014

BUTUAN City, Philippines – Record-holding and reigning MILO Marathon Queen Mary Joy Tabal added another feather to her cap as she clinched another victory at the 38th MILO Marathon qualifying race in Butuan City, the biggest race in the city to date, with almost 10,000 runners in action on Sunday. Tabal won first place in the 21K female category, while fellow elite runner Gerald Zabala topped the ranks in the 21K male category.

Each received a cash prize of P10,000 and a trophy. In addition to the prizes, Zabala has also secured his slot in the upcoming National Finals on December 7 at the Mall of Asia grounds in Manila. Tabal, by virtue of her triumph last year, was already granted a slot for the finals. Both will join their fiercest rivals in a heated finale as they battle for the MILO Marathon King and Queen titles. As an added level of prestige to the competition, MILO will send this year’s King and Queen to the 2015 Tokyo Marathon, with trips all expenses paid.

Fresh from her record-breaking victory in the 2014 Seoul Race, Tabal clocked in at 01:20:46, just a second shy of her new best personal record of 1:19:37. It was a very comfortable race for the 25-year-old Cebuana, who finished with a gap of 12 minutes from second placer Michell Ann Aclo (01:42:30). Jenefer Paloma claimed third place (01:44:05).*

In the men’s category, competition proved to be tougher, with top contender Jerald Zabala beating Bobby Tadlas only by less than a second. Zabala recorded a personal best time of 01:13:49, while second placer Bobby Tadlas posted a time of 01:14:00, and third placer Ramil Neri with a times of 01:15:09.*

Zabala, a 26-year-old hailing from Cagayan De Oro, has definitely come a long way since he started running. Though he has been an elite runner for just four years, he has been joining the MILO Marathon for 10 years already, and has been consistently qualifying for the National Finals. “This is my first time to win first place, and I’m very happy that I was also able to break my personal record,” said Zabala. “I didn’t expect to win because I wasn’t able to train properly. My wife is in Manila, so I’m the one who is taking care of our son, whose birthday is today. I dedicate my victory to him.”

With the support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO’s Help Gives Shoes advocacy will provide 16,000 underprivileged youth with brand new running shoes and reach the 50,000 mark this year. As MILO celebrates its 50th year, Help Give Shoes aims to make the donation to students in Yolanda-hit cities, particularly Tacloban, Ormoc, and Eastern Samar.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

38th National MILO Marathon Cebu 2014

CEBU City, Philippines – First-time winners Noel Tillor and Roselyn Balongcas aced the 21K events at the thirteenth qualifying race of the National MILO Marathon held in Cebu City Sports Complex, Cebu City, on Sunday. A record-shattering 26,736 runners joined the nation’s biggest and most prestigious race in the Queen City of the South, making it the largest regional race of the season so far. Along with Tillor and Balongcas, 86 runners secured their qualifying slots for the National Finals slated on December 7 in the Mall of Asia grounds, Manila.

Tillor and Balongcas each received a prize of P10,000 in cash, a trophy. Both have booked their slots to the National Finals on December 7, for a chance to compete for the MILO Marathon King and Queen title. As an added level of prestige to the competition, MILO will send this year’s King and Queen to the 2015 Tokyo Marathon, with trips all expenses paid.

Despite the rains that showered Cebu in the past days, the runners were blessed with good weather and Tillor definitely used it to his advantage, finishing with a time of 01:13:10. Jerry Adap followed in second place (01:15:21), and Robert Daang in third place (01:17:38).*

A 33-year-old automotive technician from Cebu, Tillor finished 7th in last year’s National MILO Marathon Manila race, and 11th in the National Finals. “This is the first time I finished first place,” shared Tillor. “I trained for almost three months, but not full time because of work. I really did not expect it because the other runners have been training full time. It’s a big achievement. I always enjoy running and feel very satisfied when I run, and I will continue running for as long my body can.”

It was Balongcas’ first time to join the National MILO Marathon and she aced the distaff side with a time of 01:40:55, comfortably finishing nine minutes ahead of second placer Christy Sevilleno (01:49:16) and third placer Sandra Soliano (01:49:54).*

Hailing from Dumaguete, the 33-year-old single mother travelled with her teenage son for four hours by land to Cebu to join the race. Though unemployed, she has her own business of making her own ham and sausages, and finds time to run as a form of exercise and self-fulfilment. “I’m very happy that I won and I’m very proud to represent my hometown of Dumaguete,” expressed Balongcas. “I’m also proud of my son who joined the 3K race. I will use the prize money for his schooling.”

The Cebuano community came together and celebrated their passion for running in a true festive fashion. Cebu City councillors, including Margarita Osmeña, James Cuenco, and Sisinio Andales, also ran the 3K race, along with several candidates of the Ms. Cebu beauty pageant.

One of Cebu’s most promising triathletes Yuan Chiongbian, who recently won second place in the Ironkids triathlon, also ran with his brother Justin, a national junior triathlete. “We love joining the National MILO Marathon because it helps us with our training for the triathlons and other sports competition that we join. It’s a really well-organized race,” said Chiongbian. “It’s like a big family gathering, lots of people always join and there’s always so much joy in the MILO marathons.”

With the support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO’s Help Gives Shoes advocacy will provide 16,000 underprivileged youth with brand new running shoes and reach the 50,000 mark this year. As MILO celebrates its 50th year, Help Give Shoes aims to make the donation to students in Yolanda-hit cities, particularly Tacloban, Ormoc, and Eastern Samar.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sunpiology Run 2014

To create a unique adventure run with emphasis on the FUN that should incorporate the “Indiana Jones” theme by using the elements – Earth, Fire, Water and Air. To gather families, friends, groups in one event for a cause and to promote a healthy lifestyle.

Event Name: Sunpiology 2014 – An Adventured Filled Run
Venue: Bonifacio Global City
Event Date: November 15, 2014
Event Time: 4:00PM to 9:00PM
Charity Partner: Hebreo Foundation & Star Magic Charities
Registration Period: October 6 – November 12

Registration Site
RUNNR Bonifacio Global City
Toby’s Robinsons Galleria, 3/F
Toby’s SM North Edsa, The Block - Mall of Asia, G/F

Registration Fee
PHP350 - 500m
PHP700 - 3km
PHP800 - 5km
PHP900 - 10km

Singlet/Race Tee

Gun Start/Assembly Time
500m - 3PM - 4PM
10km - 4PM - 5PM
5km - 4PM - 510PM
3km - 430PM - 520PM

Race Map/Race Route

Saturday, October 18, 2014

38th National MILO Marathon Lipa 2014

LIPA City, Batangas, Philippines – Elite runners Joseph Macaladlad and Criselyn Jaro bagged the top purse in the 21K centrepiece events at the Lipa leg of the 38th National MILO Marathon on Sunday. Each pocketed a prize of P10,000 in cash, a trophy and a coveted slot to the National Finals on December 7, for a chance to be crowned as the MILO Marathon King and Queen. MILO will send this year’s King and Queen to Japan on an all-expense paid trip to the 2015 Tokyo Marathon. Over 8,000 runners joined today’s race.

Not even the rainy skies and slippery wet roads could stop the racers from running to their heart’s content. In the 21K male category, 24-year-old Lyceum of the Philippines Batangas Criminology student Joseph Macaladlad beat his fiercest rivals, posting a time of 01:17:14, relegating Greg Vincent Osorio (01:19:25) and Jay Laya (01:19:43) to second and third place, respectively.

On the distaff side, 22-year-old Brokenshire College of Davao alumna Criselyn Jaro came out on top with a time of 01:29:16, followed by fellow contenders Mirasol Abad (01:33:47) in second place and Cellie Rose Jaro (01:34:36) in third place.

Each year, thousands of families join the National MILO Marathon and conquer the races together. ”We at MILO are delighted to see children, whether kids or adults, run with their parents and their siblings at the MILO Marathon. It is heartwarming to see families become really engaged in running, such as the Jaro sisters,” said Andrew Neri, MILO Sports Marketing Manager. “The National MILO Marathon is a communal gathering where numerous Filipino families channel their athletic spirits and enjoy family bonding through running together. We encourage more families to join our national family affair that is truly fun for all ages.”

With the support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO’s Help Gives Shoes advocacy will provide 16,000 underprivileged youth with brand new running shoes and reach the 50,000 mark this year. As MILO celebrates its 50th year, Help Give Shoes aims to make the donation to students in Yolanda-hit cities, particularly Tacloban, Ormoc, and Eastern Samar.

Monday, October 13, 2014

38th National MILO Marathon Puerto Princesa 2014

PUERTO PRINCESA City, Philippines – Four-time winner Norlan Warizal and returning champ Jila Dela Rosa proved their authority in the 21K events at the Puerto Princesa of the 38th National MILO Marathon Qualifying Race on Sunday. From about 7,000 runners who joined the qualifying race, Warizal and Dela Rosa, together with 19 other runners, booked their slots for the National Finals in Manila on December 7 for a chance to claim the MILO Marathon King and Queen crowns. MILO will send this year’s King and Queen to Japan on an all-expense paid trip to the 2015 Tokyo Marathon. Along with the slot in the finals, both Warizal and Dela Rosa received P10,000 in cash and a trophy as their prize.

Elite runners braved an exciting route filled with uphill challenges. Warizal, a 29-year-old native of Sta. Maria, Puerto Princesa, emerged victorious for the 21K men’s category with a time of 01:19:13, beating rivals Ben Alejandrino (01:21:26) and Nicko Cortes (01:22:42). On the distaff side, 20-year-old Dela Rosa, also a local of Puerto Princesa, convincingly reclaimed her crown in the race, finishing at an impressive 01:39:24 Bernardita Mag-aso 01:47:56 Michelle Anne Tibagacay 01:51:37

With the support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO’s Help Gives Shoes advocacy will provide 16,000 underprivileged youth with brand new running shoes and reach the 50,000 mark this year. As MILO celebrates its 50th year, Help Give Shoes aims to make the donation to students in Yolanda-hit cities, particularly Tacloban, Ormoc, and Eastern Samar.

Warizal and Dela Rosa both have high praises for MILO’s Help Give Shoes Advocacy. “This project is really admirable, because young runners who have great potential will be encouraged to pursue running. It’s hard to run barefooted, or wearing slippers. It’s such a great feeling to be able to help fellow runners,” shared Dela Rosa. Warizal added, “I hope MILO continues to help the youth realize their dreams. A lot of children and even adults are being helped by the MILO Marathon and the MILO Little Olympics. It’s also very good exposure especially for the kids. They are able to get into sports and avoid vices and bad influences. We are very grateful to MILO.”

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Dennis Kimetto Uses the Energy Return of BOOST™

Press Release -- adidas’ Dennis Kimetto ran the fastest marathon in history wearing adidas BOOST™ at the 2014 Berlin Marathon. With a time of 2:02:57 Kimetto shattered the previous world record by an astounding 26 seconds wearing the super lightweight adizero Adios BOOST.

“Dennis’ world record breaking performance while wearing adidas BOOST demonstrates the result of elite athletes using industry leading innovation to achieve unprecedented feats,” said Adrian Leek General Manager of adidas Running. “We continue to push boundaries by working closely with our athletes to develop the best products running has to offer.”

adidas BOOST was also on the feet of second place men’s finisher Emmanuel Muthai who joined Kimetto in breaking the previous world record. The top two female finishers Tirfi Tsegaye and Fayse Tadese were also wearing Adios BOOST as they triumphantly crossed the finish line in Berlin to provide adidas with a dominating presence at the podium.

The results in Berlin contribute to a long line of success for Adios BOOST following its introduction last year including former world record holder Wilson Kipsang running a course record at the 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon.

INFORMATION
The adidas adizero Adios BOOST shoe has an MSRP of Php7995 and is available at leading adidas and Runnr stores in the Philippines. Featuring hand crafted design, by legendary adizero pioneer Mr.Omori, the adidas adizero Adios BOOST incorporates five key benefits to deliver more speed than ever before:

BOOST ™ technology – provides a higher Energy Return than any other foam cushioning material in the running industry.
Microfit upper – a breathable, contoured mesh that makes each movement natural
Continental Rubber™ outsole – a high performance rubber outsole that grips the ground for better traction and a powerful push-off.
Torsion system – delivers optimum transition and stability
adiwear material – for ultimate durability

Sunday, September 28, 2014

38th National MILO Marathon Bacolod 2014

Elite runners Maclin Sadia and Stephani Cadosale emerged victorious from their respective categories in the 21K main event at the 38th National MILO Marathon Bacolod Qualifying Race. The competition featured a delegation of 9,266 runners – double that of last year when the race was held in Dumaguete.

Runners shrugged off the heat and used the sunny forecast to their advantage. In a tightly competed race, the 21k male category saw 21-year-old Maclin Sadia outlasted his fiercest rivals, posting a time of 01:14:16, narrowly edging Joel Alcorin (01:14:22) and Rowell Hulleza (01:17:16) who finished second and third place, respectively.*

Sadia, hailing from Cadiz City of Negros Occidental, has his humble beginnings as a runner during his elementary school days. Financial problems forced him to stop going to school in 2005 and work as a delivery boy of soft drinks to sari-sari stores to support his ten other siblings. Rekindling his love affair with running, he started training under the tutelage of his father Alino Sadia, a former runner who used to compete in marathons in Bacolod.

In the distaff side, Cadosale displayed a relentless drive from the get go, finishing with an impressive time of 01:33:43, relegating Mereeis Ramierez (01:38:59) to second place, and Iresh Belleza (01:42:42) to third place.*

Her running resume says that she is no stranger to success. With podium finishes in fun runs and school competitions under the State and Colleges Universities Athletics Association (SCUAA), she also prides herself with accolades in past MILO Marathons, winning Gold in Bacolod (2012) and Silver in Iloilo (2013). Though training was scarse due to harsh weather conditions leading to the race, her accummulated experience gave her enough to come out on top. “It was rainy leading up to this event but during my free time, I did some long runs and managed to work on my speed,” shared Cadosale. “My family was very supportive throughout the process and I owe this win to them.”

With the support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO’s Help Gives Shoes advocacy will provide 16,000 underprivileged youth with brand new running shoes and reach the 50,000 mark this year. As MILO celebrates its 50th year, Help Give Shoes aims to make the donation to students in Yolanda-hit cities, particularly Tacloban, Ormoc, and Eastern Samar.
The qualifying race will resume in Tagbilaran on October 5 before heading to Cebu (October 12), Butuan (October 19), Cagayan De Oro (November 9), General Santos (November 16), and Davao (November 23). The National Finals will be held on December 7 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds in Pasay City.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Color Manila Run 2015

What: Color Manila Run 2015
When: Jan 4 2015 (Sunday)
Where: BGC
Categories: 3km, 5km, 10km

Runners experience color extravaganza at the race route with every color station they encounter. Burst of bright colored powder under the morning sun during the Color Festival

Race Tee

Finishers Medal

Registration Fee
3km - PHP850
5km - PHP850
10km - PHP850

Gun Start
620AM - 10km
6:30AM - 5km
6:45AM - 3km

Registration Process
Credit Card/Paypal
Visit the Official Color Manila website:www.colormanilarun.com
Click on REGISTER
Fill up your credit card details | Choose prepaid cards as payment optons and enter the code | Choose SM Tickets as payment option and enter the code
Fill up the online registration form
Wait for your confirmation email

Monday, September 22, 2014

38th National MILO Marathon Ilo-Ilo 2014

Elite runners Eric Panique and Adjene Rose Delos Santos conquered the 21K centerpiece events at the Iloilo leg of the 38th National MILO Marathon on Sunday, the biggest race in Iloilo, to date. Almost 15,000 runners joined the race, despite the stormy weather that battered the country in the past few days.

Last year’s MILO Marathon Manila leg winner Eric Panique grabbed another comfortable victory against his rivals as he used the better weather conditions to his advantage and clocked in at 01:14:06, beating second placer Roger Denolo (01:19:15) and third placer Roger Molinos (01:19:19).

The 28-year-old member of the National Team, hailing from Negros Occidental, trains everyday with the team under coach Mario Castro’s guidance. Perseverance is the key to winning, according to Panique. “Because of Typhoon Mario’s wrath in the past few days, I was worried it would still rain and the roads will be very wet. Thankfully the weather got better, although the high humidity levels made the race more challenging. But I did not let it stop me,” said Panique. “There were times when I had difficulty in breathing and experienced some chest pains, but I pushed myself since I knew I can still handle it. I’m proud that my perseverance paid off.”

Meanwhile, Adjene Rose Delos Santos went neck-and-neck in a thrilling bout with fellow contender Jioda Gagnao, beating the latter by only one second. Delos Santos settled the score towards the finish line and posted a time of 01:48:46, relegating Gagnao to second place (01:48:47), while Lorena Blanco finished in third place (01:53:16).

For Delos Santos, a 28-year-old native of the Quezon province, awareness and distribution were the main factors that helped her earn her victory. “During the race, I kept track of how many kilometers I’ve already covered, and the pace that I was running at. I tried to manage my distribution and pacing throughout the entire route as best as I can,” said Delos Santos. “We were lucky that it wasn’t rainy anymore and it wasn’t too hot either. The main challenge for me was when I felt some pains on my sides, and experienced dehydration due to the lack of sleep. I need to work on this for the National Finals.”

With the support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO’s Help Gives Shoes advocacy will provide 16,000 underprivileged youth with brand new running shoes and reach the 50,000 mark this year. As MILO celebrates its 50th year, Help Give Shoes aims to make the donation to students in Yolanda-hit cities, particularly Tacloban, Ormoc, and Eastern Samar.

The qualifying race will pick up in Iloilo on September 21, then proceed to Bacolod (September 28), Tagbilaran (October 5), Cebu (October 12), Butuan (October 19), Cagayan De Oro (November 9), General Santos (November 16), and Davao (November 23). The National Finals will be held on December 7 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds in Pasay City.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Little Olympics Wraps Up Regional Legs

The 2014 MILO Little Olympics recently concluded its last two regional legs in NCR, held in Marikina City, and Luzon, in Baguio City. San Beda College-Rizal and St. Jude Catholic School bagged top honors for the secondary and elementary divisions in the NCR leg, while Baguio City National High School and Baguio Central School ran the show at the Luzon leg.

Team NCR are looking to extend their winning streak as they begin their preparations for the National Finals. Over 5,400 student-athletes from 177 schools across the region participated in the prestigious inter-school competition, and competed in 13 different sports including Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Football, Gymnastics, Lawn Tennis, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo and Volleyball, Chess, Sepak Takraw and Scrabble. More than 800 teams battled for the chance to represent Team NCR in defending their championship crown at the National Finals slated on October 24 to 26. Having won back-to-back Overall Champion titles, Team NCR are on a mission to win their third consecutive championship and secure the MILO Little Olympics Perpetual Trophy.

The opening ceremony, which preceded the five-day tournament, was graced by distinguished guests including Hon. Tonisito Umali, Assistant Secretary for Legal Affairs for the Department of Education, Dr. Luz Almeda, Regional Director for the Department of Education, National Capital Region, and Hon. Del De Guzman, Mayor of Marikina City, along with over 30,000 spectators from the different participating schools.

Dr. Robert Milton Calo, Regional Organizer for the NCR leg of the 2014 MILO Little Olympics, expressed his delight in the competitiveness exhibited by the participating teams. “All of the student-athletes and their coaches are very ambitious to win the championships so that the Perpetual Trophy will be with us forever,” said Dr. Calo. “All of the regional teams are excellent and we are all in for a thrilling final on October. Everyone has a fair chance to win, but we will definitely put up a good fight come the National Finals.”

San Beda College-Rizal topped the ranks in the secondary division with 95 points. Joining the San Beda Red Cubs in the top ten teams are Emilio Aguinaldo College-ICA (85 points), King's Montessori School (62 points), Sta. Elena HS (47 points), St. Paul College-Pasig (44 points), Rizal HS (42 points), UP Integrated School (40 points), St. Jude Catholic School (37 points), Diliman Preparatory School 33 points, and University of the East (33 points).

In the elementary division, St. Jude Catholic School finished impressively with 67 points, and won first place over the rest of the top ten teams, namely, Concepcion Elementary School (54 points), Legarda Elementary School (53.5 points), Diosdado P. Macapagal Elem School (42 points), Mandaluyong Elementary School (40 points), San Diego Elementary School (40 points), Dasmarinas II Central School (40 points), Marist School (35.67 points), Escuela de Sophia of Caloocan Inc. (32 points), and Itaas Elementary School (32 points).

In the Luzon leg of the tournament, Baguio City National High School and Baguio Central School emerged victorious in the secondary and elementary divisions, respectively. More than 12,000 spectators, including Baguio Vice-Mayor Edison Bilog, graced the opening ceremonies and sporting events to support the 6,893 student-athletes from 215 schools across Luzon.

Tess Bernardino, 2014 MILO Little Olympics Regional Organizer for Luzon, was grateful of the fair weather as they encountered heavy rains during the week leading to the tournament. “It was a blessing for us that the storms did not make landfall on the days of the events,” said Bernardino. “We are delighted that this year’s regional leg of the MILO Little Olympics is well-participated by numerous student-athletes from various academic institutions. This proves that sports are deemed essential in the formation and development of the youth’s health and wellbeing.”

Baguio City National High School clinched the secondary division title for the eighth time, garnering a remarkable score of 197.5 points, with the highest marks in Athletics, Men’s Artistic and Rhythmic Gymnastics, and Lawn Tennis. Holy Angel University’s domination of the basketball courts helped them secure second place (66 points), relegating University of Baguio to third place (64.5 points). Completing the ranks from fourth to tenth are Lorma Colleges Special Science High School (62 points), Angeles University Foundation (59 points), Benguet National High School (49 points), University of Baguio Science High School (43.17 points), Umingan Central National High School (40.5 points), Urdaneta City National High School (40 points), and Colegio Monterei De Pila (33 points).

In the elementary division, Baguio Central School outclassed their rival schools in the Girls’ Athletics, Chess, Rhythmic Gymnastics, and Girls’ Volleyball events, which propelled them to first place with a grand total of 119.8 points. Special Education for the Gifted (SPED-G) followed in second place with 53 points, and Urdaneta High School in third place with 51.67 points. The remaining schools who made it to the top 10 are Don Bosco Technical Institute-Tarlac (51points), Bonifacio Elementary School (41 points), St. Louis University Laboratory Elementary School (37 points), Hilario Valdez Elementary School (32 points), Colegio Monterei De Pila (30 points), and Don Felipe Maramba Elementary School (30 points).

The MILO Little Olympics is an arena for student-athletes to showcase their athletic prowess. The tournament also gives them a chance to begin stamping their authority in their chosen sport. For Roland Daniel Saavedra, captain of the San Beda College-Rizal High School football team, the MILO Little Olympics is a stage where he can make his dreams come true. “I really want to become like my idols Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, among others, who serve as my inspiration. In the MILO Little Olympics, we get to experience playing competitively, which is similar to how these professional players get to play in high quality tournaments,” shared Saavedra. The 17-year-old budding football star, who also plays chess as a hobby, however, does not forget the importance of becoming a well-rounded student-athlete. “It’s easy to get so caught up with sports because you enjoy it so much, but a good education is very important. For us student-athletes, academics should always come first,” Saavedra said. “You have to have good time management. Prioritize academics, after that, if there’s time, you can train.”

To further encourage student-athletes and coaches to aim for excellence in sports, Most Valuable Player and Winning Coach awards were also presented at the closing ceremonies. In line with MILO’s 50th year anniversary, the leading beverage brand will also select in the National Finals in October the 50 Most Outstanding Athletes in the MILO Little Olympics and provide them with special prizes.

“The MILO Little Olympics is an avenue for our young athletes to be immersed in the competitive ethos, which is essential in their formation and progress from the grassroots level to the elite level,” said MILO Sports Executive Robbie De Vera. “We are blessed to have the support of the schools, the Department of Education, the local government, and our partners in making the MILO Little Olympics a success. We at MILO remain steadfast in our commitment in helping enhance and uplift the level and quality of our grassroots sports programs.”

With all regional legs now completed, teams NCR, Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao are focused on their preparations as they go head to head with the top student-athletes across the country. The stage is set for the National Finals on October 24 to 26 at the Marikina Sports Center.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Filinvest Endurance Weekend 2014


When weekend bikers turn into competitive cyclists, and casual joggers evolve into avid runners, they want to keep the momentum alive by constantly going for races that will push them to the next level. Whether elite, intermediate or relative beginner, a new twist or challenge in a race gives additional motivation and excitement for every biker or runner.

This is exactly what Filinvest City offers as it hosts the second Filinvest City Endurance Weekend 2014: Ride, Rock and Run, a race that will test their limits – whether they’re hard-core cyclists and runners, or just racing enthusiasts who want to see how far they can go.

When: November 8-9, 2014 (Saturday, Sunday)
Time: 6AM – 6PM
Gun Start: Endurance MTB
6AM: 12 Hour Category
12NN: 6 Hour Category
Gun Start: Endurance Trail Run
6AM: 3 Hour and 12 Hour Category
9AM: 6 Hour Category
Where: Filinvest City, Alabang Muntinlupa

The races are set to take place on November 8 and 9, 2014 at the picturesque nature trails within this garden city. Lined with stately palms and shady trees, and filled with beautiful landscapes and lush greenery, these popular trails make it that much more enjoyable for competitors to race and attempt to beat their Personal Records.

Adding to the festive atmosphere of the entire weekend are the rockin’ side activities that will provide entertainment for the spectators and give that much-needed energy boost for the racers.

Race Pack Inclusion
Race Bib with RFID
Bike Number with RFID (Endurance MTB)
Event Shirt
Lunch Meal (For 12 Hour Category)

Registration Centers
Chris Sports SM North EDSA
Chris Sports SM MOA
Chris Sports SM City BF
Chris Sports Glorietta 3
Chris Sports Festival Mall
Second Wind Running Store 88 Malingap Street Teachers Village QC
Second Wind Running Store Unit 3A Ortigas Home Depot, Julia Vargas Pasig City
Second Wind Running Store Unit GS 107 G-Strip Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan
The Brick Multisport Store Woodridge Building Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Hill Taguig
Velocipede Unit B, Royale Place Arcade, Don Antonio Drive, Commonwealth Quezon City
Cycling Zone Shell Pacific Gas station, Alabang-Zapote Rd., Alabang
John Wilkie Concepcion J. P. Rizal Street, Barangay Concepcion I, Marikina City
Enso’s Bike Shop 58 J.P. Rizal St.,Calumpang, Marikina City

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Ten Hard-Rock Reasons #RunCorregidor

#10 Corregidor is so near Manila, but away from the city chaos

#9 Corregidor is traffic-free, smog-free

#8 Run and rock through history

#7 Race shirt, Finisher’s Medal, Finisher’s Medallion, Massive 42K Finisher’s Medallion, Limited edition Jacket

#6 Ferry ride, identical gears

#5 “Hardest” race in the country All-terrain race

#4 CM & CIHM is the perfect year-opener for runners aiming to start the year with a bang

#3 Cross the finish line with the view of the infinity line

#2 Corregidor offers runners the best possible way to cool down after a challenging race – taking a plunge in the Corregidor beach

#1 CM & CIHM are both for serious and fun runners, the two races are loaded with memorable running experience

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

38th National MILO Marathon Lucena 2014

Philippine Air Force Airman Anthony Nerza and Philippine Army Private Janice Tawagin showcased their running prowess as they dominated in the 21K events at the Lucena leg of the 38th National MILO Marathon Qualifying Race on Sunday. About 10,000 runners joined the race, with 50 runners qualifying for the National Finals.

Nerza and Tawagin each earned a cash prize of P10,000, a trophy, and a coveted slot in the National Finals slated on December 7. Both will join the country’s finest elite runners in their quest to clinch the MILO Marathon King and Queen crowns. As an added incentive, MILO will send this year’s King and Queen to Japan on an all-expense paid trip to the 2015 Tokyo Marathon.

The runners were blessed with good weather and they surely used it to their advantage. The thrilling race saw Nerza finish ahead of Richard Salaño, who put up a good fight right to the final second. Nerza posted a time of 01:12:12, while Salaño clocked in at 01:12:39, finishing first and second place, respectively. Elmer Sabal came in at third place with a time of 01:16:07.

The 25-year-old Davaoeño, currently residing in Pasig, expressed his elation and relief in winning the race. “It was really competitive, my fellow runners were ahead of me in the first 100 meters, and I was falling behind. I thought I wouldn’t be able to catch up, but thankfully I was able to do so and even won,” shared Nerza. “I still have a long way to go in terms of my training. Every day, I run in the morning and in the afternoon. For the National Finals, I will add three-hour runs for endurance to improve my performance.”

In the distaff side, Tawagin displayed a convincing victory with an impressive time of 01:29:59, relegating rivals Jeany Rose Hari (01:44:57) to second place, and Rose Ann Valencia (02:03:01) to third place.

The qualifying race will continue in Lucena on August 31, and will head to Puerto Princesa (September 7), Lipa (September 14), Iloilo (September 21), Bacolod (September 28), Tagbilaran (October 5), Cebu (October 12), Butuan (October 19), Cagayan De Oro (November 9), General Santos (November 16), and Davao (November 23). The National Finals will be held on December 7 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds in Pasay City.

Monday, September 1, 2014

38th National MILO Marathon Naga 2014

Mario Maglinao and Luisa Raterta trumped their fiercest rivals in 21K events at the 38th National MILO Marathon Eliminations in Naga City on Sunday. Each earned a cash prize of P10,000, a trophy, and a coveted slot in the National Finals.

Despite the high level of humidity during the race, over 9,000 runners rose to the challenge and exhibited their commitment and passion for running. 73 runners have qualified for the National Finals and will join Maglinao and Raterta as they go head-to-head with elite runners from across the country in Manila on December 7. The MILO Marathon King and Queen, to be crowned on that day, will be sent by MILO to Japan on an all-expense paid trip to the 2015 Tokyo Marathon.

26-year-old Maglinao posted a time of 01:12:47, besting contenders Martin Balaybo (01:13:33), and Eugin Postrado (01:16:43). The native of Legazpi City, Albay, who currently works in Manila, has not received any formal training in running. “Like swimming and biking, running has always been a hobby and passion of mine. I do it recreationally whenever I go home to Albay,” shared Maglinao. “I didn’t have enough time to train for the race because I’m always very busy at work, but thankfully I still qualified and won. I will adjust and train for long distance running to prepare for the National Finals.”

Finishing with an impressive time of 01:32:10 on the distaff side is 33-year-old Raterta, outdoing challengers Janette Agura (01:37:41) and Marilyn Bermundo (01:40:59). Hailing from Laguna, the housewife also trains youth runners and considers her coaching as part of her own training as well. “The route was organized well this year, unlike before, when we would merge with the 3K runners that caused the slowing down of our pace,” said Raterta. “It’s always a challenge to maintain the proper pace throughout the race. I will focus on this as I train for the finals.” Raterta had also won first place in the Manila leg, and second place in the National Finals of the 37th National MILO Marathon last year, among other awards.

The qualifying race will continue in Lucena on August 31, and will head to Puerto Princesa (September 7), Lipa (September 14), Iloilo (September 21), Bacolod (September 28), Tagbilaran (October 5), Cebu (October 12), Butuan (October 19), Cagayan De Oro (November 9), General Santos (November 16), and Davao (November 23). The National Finals will be held on December 7 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds in Pasay City.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Corpus Christi School Sweep Mindanao Leg

Corpus Christi School reigned supreme over its rivals in both elementary and secondary divisions of the 27th MILO Little Olympics Mindanao Leg, which concluded Sunday at the Pelaez Sports Center, Cagayan De Oro City. Around 5,000 student athletes from 202 schools across the Mindanao region exhibited their athletic prowess in 10 Olympic sports including Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Football, Gymnastics, Lawn Tennis, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo and Volleyball, and 3 non-Olympic sports, specifically Chess, Sepak Takraw and Scrabble

Corpus Christi School topped the overall rankings, garnering an impressive 159 points in the secondary division, and 89.2 points in the elementary division. The Corpus Christians will once again lead Team Mindanao in the National Finals slated on October.

Not to be overlooked are the runners-up in the secondary division, MOGCHS-Misamis Oriental General Comprehensive High School who earned a total of 127 points, and Tangub City National High School, who placed third with a total of 85 points. Completing the top 10 overall rankings are Zamboanga Del Sur Sports Academy with 57 points, Xavier University High School with 51 points, Iligan City National High School with 37.4 points, University of Mindanao with 35 points, Surigao del Norte National High School with 34 points, Misamis Occidental National High School with 32 points, and La Salle Academy of Iligan City with 31 points.

In the elementary division, joining Corpus Christi School in the top ten schools are City Central School with 77 points, Iligan City Central School with 69 points, Xavier University - Grade School with 65 points, Iligan City SPED Center with 50.2 points, Cugman Elementary School with 50 points, West City Central School with 49 points, Magugpo Pilot Central School with 47 points, Koronadal Southern Elementary School with 39 points, and Igpit Elementary School with 37.5 points.

In line with MILO’s 50th year anniversary, the leading beverage brand will also select in the National Finals in October the 50 Most Outstanding Athletes in the MILO Little Olympics and provide them with special prizes.
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