Manila, Philippines – As the country’s elite athletes hunt for the gold in the Southeast Asian Games, new rising stars plunge into action in the Milo Little Olympics Third National Finals on Nov. 18-20 at the Narcisco Ramos Sports and Civic Center in Lingayen, Pangasinan.
More than 1,500 student-athletes who dominated the regional qualifiers will see action in 12 sports disciplines–athletics, badminton, chess, football, gymnastics, scrabble, sepak takraw, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis and volleyball.
“We are giving young athletes the chance to show what they’ve got in a high-level national competition of champions,“ said Nestlé Assistant Vice President and Milo Sports Executive Pat Goc-Ong.
“We want them to experience competition at the top level while getting a chance to meet children from different backgrounds, because we build champions not only in sports but also in the bigger arena called life,” Goc-Ong added.
Visayas will defend the overall crown it has won the last two years in Cebu and Cagayan de Oro, with the National Capital Region, the runner-up the last two years, expected to be the Visayans’ biggest competitor.
Also competing are athletes from Luzon and Mindanao who are expected to break what is fast turning out to be a two-way battle between the Visayas and NCR for the overall crown.
At stake are Most Outstanding Athletes awards in each of the 12 sports disciplines where Filipino athletes are deemed to have a chance of excelling on the international stage.
Athletes representing Luzon went through a tough qualifying tournament in Lingayen two months ago, while a three-day qualifying event was held for Mindanao athletes at the Don Gregorio Pelaez Sports Center in Cagayan de Oro City.