Milo Little Olympics north Luzon regionals kicks off today

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Thursday, September 4, 2014


THE Northern Luzon regional eliminations of the 2014 Milo Little Olympics is set to open today at the Baguio City National High School gymnasium.

The three-day affair scheduled September 5, 6 and 7 will showcase 13 different kinds of sports contests to be held in various areas in the city as part of the monthlong celebration of the 105th founding anniversary of Baguio City.

Among the sport disciplines scheduled include athletics, badminton, basketball, chess, football, gymnastics, sepak takraw, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis and volleyball.

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Winners in the Luzon cluster will represent Northern Luzon in the national finals to be held in Marikina City on October 24, 25 and 26.

Qualifying elementary and high school students who won in recent local small town tournaments and inter-school leagues coming from regions 1, 2 and 3 and including Cordillera will put their skills to test in the sports event.

Milo initiated its grassroots programs that aim to introduce young people to sports.

Milo’s little league started in 1988 with the goal of giving the children the opportunity to show their excellence, drive, determination, and discipline in the field of sports, and as a venue for them to be part of the premiere nationwide junior inter-school league for primary and secondary student athletes.

Many athletes who came from Milo’s Little Olympics have graduated to represent the country in the South East Asian Games, World Youth Cup and the Asian Junior Track meet and other national and international competitions.

Organizers of the event said cash prizes will also be given to participating teams in the special side events of the competition such as the cheer dance, search for Miss Milo little Olympics, best in parade and marching salute, most disciplined delegation, biggest school delegation, and loudest cheer.

Meanwhile, Mayor Mauricio Domogan suspended the implementation of the number coding scheme for private vehicles today, to give way for the city’s hosting of the Milo Little Olympics – Luzon Eliminations.

In his Administrative Order No. 105, the mayor said the break from coding is necessary as the event expects the participation of more than 7,000 athletes from Regions I, II, III and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) in various events to be held in several sports venues in the city.

“There is a need to suspend the implementation of the coding scheme for private vehicles to provide our local residents and visitors convenient and stress-free journey around the city to help boost the city’s identity as the prime sports and tourist destination,” the mayor said.

The suspension is based on section 6 of Ordinance No. 1 series of 2003 as amended by Section 1 of Ordinance No. 107 series of 2008 known as the “The Baguio City number Coding Scheme Ordinance” which exempts “private motor vehicles and chartered public utility vehicles of visitors, tourists, vacationers or participants of sanctioned activities such as conventions, conferences and assemblies…” (With a report from Aileen Refuerzo)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 05, 2014.

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