2016 MILO Little Olympics regional tournaments conclude, makes last stop in Mindanao
Prestigious interschool tourney inspires almost 20,000athletes nationwide

A striker from Baguio City National High School (BCNHS), this season’s stunner in the 2016 MILO Little Olympics North and Central Luzon leg, shields the ball from his competitors.

Cagayan De Oro, Philippines – The 2016 MILO Little Olympics recentlyconcluded its last regional leg in Mindanao in Cagayan de Oro city, which officially marked the closing of its 29th season. Almost 20,000 student athletes from across the country took their shot in bringing home the covetedhonorsfromtheir respective home courtsin North and Central Luzon, NCR and South Luzon, Visayas and in Mindanao.

The prestigious interschool competition saw many newcomers and returning champions on the podium stages, such as Abellana National High School of Visayas, Mandaluyong Elementary School of NCR-South Luzon, and University of Baguio-LES of North and Central Luzon.The promising athletes battled out for greatness and showed their athletic mettle in 15 different sports events including Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Football, Gymnastics, Lawn Tennis, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo and Volleyball, Chess, SepakTakraw, Scrabble, Karatedo and Arnis.

A team of cagers from Sacred Heart School-Ateneo, the third placer in the elementary division of the 2016 MILO Little Olympics Visayas leg, defend their court against the opponent.

Tangub City CS and Corpus Christi triumphant in Mindanao
The usual third placer Tangub City CS finally had a taste of victory in this year’s Mindanao elementary division games. Earning the biggest points in girls’ Athletics and boys’ Swimming, Tangub City CS took the highest bid of the games with 72 points. Ateneo De Davao, who got the highestscores in Football and girls’ Swimming, snitched the second spot with 63 points. Last year’s sixth placer Koronadal Southern Elementary School managed to propel onto the third place with 63 points afterleadingthe Badminton and Tennis events. 

Corpus Christi School was able to defend their reign as champion in the secondary division. The regional bet bared a ferocious feat against its competitorsand copped the biggest scores in many sport events such as girls’ Arnis, girls’ Badminton, Football, Gymnastics and Boys’ Tennis which helped them earn 139 points. Zamboangadel Sur Sports Academy who excelled in Athletics and Basketball snatched second place with 117 points, while Misamis Oriental General Comprehensive High School ranked third with 89.5 points.

Young jins in focus during the Taekwondo competition of the 2016 MILO Little Olympics.

University of San Carlos nabs overall supremacy in Visayas leg
Tournament favorite University of San Carlos made a colossal feat by bagging the top ranks of both elementary and secondary divisions of the Visayas competition. The USC Baby Warriors of the elementary division made a clean sweep against second placer University of the Visayas, helming a 30-point difference against the latter with scores of 111.6 and 82 points respectively. Sacred Heart School –Ateneo De Cebu (SHS-ADC) finished third with 80 points.

Relegating its fiercest opponent and last year’s victor SHS-ADC Magis Eagles to the third spot (100 points), the University of San Carlos shined once again in the secondary division, scoring a total of 170.75 points. Newcomer Abellana National High School-Cebu City finally bolstered to the top squad, ranking second with 116.25 points.

Held in the Queen City of the South, the Visayas leg brought5,000 student athletes. In the opening ceremony which preceded the three-day sporting event, 2016 Olympic runner Mary Joy Tabal came to inspire the young athletes and led the lighting of the torch.

Racers from NCR and South Luzon go on full speed in the Athletics event of the 2016 MILO Little Olympics.

North and Central Luzon Leg’s BCNHSreapbiggest score of the season
University of Baguio showed muscle in Taekwondo and Arnis which aided them in climbing onto the top spot of the elementary division with 58 points. Young athletes from ElpidioQuirino Elementary School were only six points short to claim the title, scoring a total of 52 points as the second placer. Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University tied with St. Paul College of Ilocos in the third place – each amassing a score of 48 points.

The stillundefeatable Baguio Central National High School (BCNHS)of the secondary division put up a thrilling display of physical prowess in Athletics which helped them garner the highest score of the season with 178 points. The champion’s closest rival, University of Baguio, tried its best to steal the bid from BCHS by ranking first in Chess and Taekwondo, but was only able to finish second with 130 points. Sitting comfortably for the second time on the third spot is Holy Angel University (109.5 points) that rallied best in boys’ Table Tennis.

Promising sprinter from champion school University of San Carlos bolts out in the Relay event of the Visayas leg.

Mandaluyong Elementary School, San Beda College-Rizal score big in NCR-South Luzon Leg
Returning the top ranks after two seasons was Mandaluyong Elementary School. The elementary division champion of NCR-South Luzon Games showed their authority in Table Tennis and Volleyball, putting them in first place with 57 points. King’s Montessori used their basketball abilities to good use which helped them place second with a score of 50 points. Concepcion Elementary School showed no signs of defeat and took their biggest chance in Volleyball that set them into the third place with 45 points.

Collecting its third trophy in the secondary division game was crowd bet San Beda College-Rizal. Trumping its competitors in Boys Athletics and Boys Swimming, San Beda Red Lions garnered a total of 114.5 points – a near10-point lead against the second placer Nazareth School of National University that scored 95 points. Far Eastern University-Diliman landed to its former place in the third spot with a score of 75 points.

Swimmer dives into the Olympic pool during the Medley event for the 2016 MILO Little Olympics.

In the opening ceremonies, Philippines’ first woman Table Tennis Olympian and Philippine flag bearer Ian Lariba graced the event as the guest of honor. Lariba, who is also a graduate and an awardee of the Most Outstanding Athlete of the MILO Little Olympics, shared inspiring words to the young contingents and led the lightingof torch.

With the conclusion of the regional tournaments, MILO Sports Executive Robbie de Vera expressed his appreciation toeveryone who took part in the nationwide sporting event. “We congratulate all the parents, coaches, school administrators and organizers for your invaluable efforts in making this year’s MILO Little Olympics a success,” he said. “The MILO Little Olympics has long been an avenue for hardworking athletes to flourish into inspiring individuals who excel not only in sports, but also in life. We are honoured to have witnessed our young delegates’ awe-inspiring talents and we look forward to their successes in the years to come.

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