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Friday, August 1, 2014


T’S all systems go for the 19th edition of the Milo Little Olympics Visayas Leg, which officially opened yesterday at the Cebu City Sports Center.

The opening interrupted by a heavy downpour, was a success with 140 teams in elementary and 123 teams in high school or a total of 5,000 athletes and around 4,000 spectators in attendance.

The multi-event sporting conclave will run for two weekends with the hope that Visayas can identify more competitive players that can help reclaim the national title from the National Capital Region (NCR) in the national finals later this year.

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NCR has held on to the national title for two years already.

“We are not far behind NCR. They are only a few points ahead of us. Hopefully, this year, we can finally reclaim the title,” said Visayas head Ricky Ballesteros.

However, that would serve as a very tall order as they will be battling it out at the reigning champion team’s turf in Marikina City.

According to Physical Education on School Sports (PESS)-7 head Dr. Vivian Ginete, this annual event is an opportunity for all athletes coming from the entire Visayas to showcase their skills and talents. She wants to emphasize that winning the game is not the be-all in this competition.

“The sports activities also help strengthen the character of our students and develop personal qualities such as resilience, confidence and perseverance. These are crucial lessons that aren’t found in textbooks,” said Ginete.

Ginete added that the competitors must bear in mind that it is not only the thrill of victory that matters.

“A true winner knows how to respect the feeling of the defeated. Being a champion entails humility,” said Ginete.

Ginete gave the inspirational message in behalf of Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama, who is currently outside the country.

Department of Education’s (DepEd) Dr. Pablito Alberca delivered the inspirational message on behalf of Cebu City Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Rhea Mar Angtud.

Alberca said that the Milo Little Olympics is an epitome of a quality school-based sports competition. He thanked Milo for giving athletes an opportunity to compete at such level of competition.

“We thank Milo for its continuing support in building future champions,” said Alberca.

The 5th Milo National Finals’s most bemedalled athlete in swimming, Psalm Deniel M. Aquino of Asian College of Technology (ACT), spearheaded the oath of athletes, while the University of the Visayas’s (UV) Darlene dela Pisa, team Visayas’s gymnastics coach, led the oath of the coaches.

The five-time Milo National champions girls elementary team Catmon Integrated
School’s skipper Evangeline M. Alinsug lit the urn for peace and unity.

Maria Mercy A. Bacarisas was crowned Miss 19th Milo Little Olympics Visayas Championships in the elementary division while Bright Academy’s Megan Fe Ortez won the secondary title.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 02, 2014.

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