Sun. Dec 15th, 2019

Milo Little Olympics – North and Central Luzon

Palawan, the past weekend was fun and exciting times up in the City of Pines. Baguio City hosted this year’s Milo Little Olympics Northern and Central Luzon leg from September 7 to 9. The event started with colorful ceremonies held at the mecca of sports in the city, the Baguio Athletic Bowl.

Several elementary and high school varsity teams trooped to the mountains of Benguet to participate and represent their respective schools and provinces. I personally witnessed some games at the Bowl, specifically soccer and swimming. As a former high school basketball varsity coach, I couldn’t help but get excited when I get to see an event like this. Sports really build competitiveness, teamwork, and character that kids will definitely find of good use as they enter adulthood.

Watching the soccer game, I witnessed St. Paul Ilocos Sur, a powerhouse in the high school division, beat West Field International School. The Paulinians are quick, nimble, and very well coached. The Olongapo swimmers seem to have had a good lock in getting good finishes in swimming. I also wouldn’t rule out the local teams of Bakakeng and Baguio City High on the track oval.

Milo has been holding nationwide tournaments every year. My daughter also competes in this annual tournament in swimming representing one of the all-girls school in Katipunan Avenue. I do wish that more conglomerates support youth and sports development.

We need something like this in Puerto Princesa.

The UAAP Opening Weekend

Collegiate basketball wars of the highest level in the country had its opening weekend last September 8. As predicted, the souped up UP Fighting Maroons won over the UE Red Warriors 87-58 in the first game of season 81 of the Universities Athletic Association of the Philippines . A balanced scoring attack by Juan and Javi Gomez De Llano, Jun Manzo, Paul Desiderio and the rebounding presence of Bright Akhuetie got the better of the Alvin Pasaol led cagers from Recto.

The second match also saw the NU Bulldogs, led by the Ildefonso brothers, Shaun and Dave, winning over the UST Growling Tigers’ “Mayhem” defense. The following day’s games also showed FEU and Adamson chalking up their first wins of the season against La Salle and the Ateneo respectively. These games are shown live via ABS-CBN sports channel so please make sure to tune in and watch collegiate sports at its best.

Rainy Weekend

Let’s brace ourselves for a rainy weekend, folks. Typhoon Ompong, barrelling towards Northern Luzon, is expected to bring rains in practically the entire country over the next few days, particularly Friday to Sunday. Make sure to prepare ample stock of food, water, blankets and flashlights in case of power interruption. Preparedness is key and I want to make sure we are all warm and dry.  Stay safe, Palawan!

(The writer is a senior leader of the only Business Process Outsourcing company in Puerto Princesa. He also is the current Puerto Princesa Underground River Festival Foundation President. Watch out for this year’s bigger and grander festivities promoting bio-diversity and our heritage sites)

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