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 For more information on MILO Philippines, log on to the official website ( or the MILO Philippines Facebook page ( Follow MILO on Twitter (@MiloPH) and Instagram (@MiloPhilippines).

Friday, December 12, 2014

Alaska Holds Country's Biggest Tournament

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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 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.
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