38th MILO Marathon: Puerto Princesa Eliminations Leg Result

Returning champs rule 38th National MILO Marathon Puerto Princesa race
21 runners qualify for the National Finals

Four-time winner Norlan Warizal and returning champ Jila Dela Rosa proved their authority in the 21K events at the Puerto Princesa of the 38th National MILO Marathon Qualifying Race on Sunday. From about 7,000 runners who joined the qualifying race, Warizal and Dela Rosa, together with 19 other runners, booked their slots for the National Finals in Manila on December 7 for a chance to claim the MILO Marathon King and Queen crowns. MILO will send this year’s King and Queen to Japan on an all-expense paid trip to the 2015 Tokyo Marathon. Along with the slot in the finals, both Warizal and Dela Rosa received P10,000 in cash and a trophy as their prize.

Norlan Warizal and Jila Dela Rosa defeated top contenders in the 21K race of the Puerta Princesa Leg of the 38th National MILO Marathon.
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Elite runners braved an exciting route filled with uphill challenges. Warizal, a  29-year-old native of Sta. Maria, Puerto Princesa, emerged victorious for the 21K men’s category with a time of 01:19:13, beating rivals Ben Alejandrino (01:21:26) and Nicko Cortes (01:22:42). On the distaff side, 20-year-old Dela Rosa, also a local of Puerto Princesa, convincingly reclaimed her crown in the race, finishing at an impressive 01:39:24 Bernardita Mag-aso 01:47:56 Michelle Anne Tibagacay 01:51:37


Winning is not new for the seven-year veteran MILO marathoner but he always cherishes each hard-earned victory.  As a logistics helper, he helps deliver MILO and other Nestle products to sari-sari stores. In the past few weeks, Warizal shared that he usually does overtime at work and had to adjust his training.
“I prepared for only two months, starting in July, but I couldn’t really focus on training because my job comes first. I really love my job, and of course I love running, but work is my priority.”
“When I have time, I try to run at least five times a week, every morning at 4:30. I couldn’t run in the afternoons anymore because I’m too tired by then. I’m very happy that I still placed first despite feeling that my training isn’t enough. I went all out in this race, even if I started to feel cramping in my legs, I willed myself to go on. ~Norlan Warizal~
21K male category winner Norlan Warizal dashes into action.
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For youngster Dela Rosa, winning also comes almost naturally. She started running at five years old, joining her father, also a runner, in his training.   Like Warizal, preparing for the race was also a challenge for her. As a varsity member of the University of Santo Tomas’ track and field team, they focused on middle distance training for the University Athletics Association of the Philippines (UAAP) track meets.
“I didn’t know I was training already then. I thought it was just fun and games. Eventually, my dad entered me in running events with him and we kept on winning, so I decided to pursue running.”
“I took my chances in joining the MILO marathon this year even if I felt that I didn’t prepare well for it. The uphill route proved to be very challenging because it consumes a lot more energy than running on flat surfaces. It was quite hard to maintain momentum.  My strategy was to run at my own pace. It’s okay for others to go ahead of me, as long as I did my best. I’m glad that my best was enough for me to win this race, but I need to prepare well for the National Finals.” ~Jila Dela Rosa~
21K female winner Jila Dela Rosa crosses the finish line of the 38th National MILO Marathon in Puerta Princesa.
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With the support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO’s Help Gives Shoes advocacy will provide 16,000 underprivileged youth with brand new running shoes and reach the 50,000 mark this year. As MILO celebrates its 50th year, Help Give Shoes aims to make the donation to students in Yolanda-hit cities, particularly Tacloban, Ormoc, and Eastern Samar.

Warizal and Dela Rosa both have high praises for MILO’s Help Give Shoes Advocacy.

“This project is really admirable, because young runners who have great potential will be encouraged to pursue running. It’s hard to run barefooted, or wearing slippers. It’s such a great feeling to be able to help fellow runners.” ~Jila Dela Rosa~

“I hope MILO continues to help the youth realize their dreams. A lot of children and even adults are being helped by the MILO Marathon and the MILO Little Olympics. It’s also very good exposure especially for the kids. They are able to get into sports and avoid vices and bad influences. We are very grateful to MILO.” ~Norlan Warizal~

Palawenyos conquered the test of endurance to reach the finish line in the Puerta Princesa leg of the 38th National MILO Marathon.
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Aspiring runners enjoy an exciting race event at the 38th National MILO Marathon in Puerta Princesa.
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The qualifying race will resume in Lipa on September 14 and will head to Iloilo (September 21), Bacolod (September 28), Tagbilaran (October 5), Cebu (October 12), Butuan (October 19), Cagayan De Oro (November 9), General Santos (November 16), and Davao (November 23). The National Finals will be held on December 7 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds in Pasay City.

38th MILO Marathon: Lucena City Eliminations Leg Result

Unsung heroes dominate 38th National MILO Marathon Lucena race
50 runners qualify for the National Finals

Philippine Air Force Airman Anthony Nerza and Philippine Army Private Janice Tawa
in showcased their running prowess as they dominated in the 21K events at the Lucena leg of the 38th National MILO Marathon Qualifying Race on Sunday. About 10,000 runners joined the race, with 50 runners qualifying for the National Finals.

21K Winners Anthony Nerza and Janice Tawagin relish their hard earned victory in the Lucena race of the 38th National MILO Marathon.

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Nerza and Tawagin each earned a cash prize of P10,000, a trophy, and a coveted slot in the National Finals slated on December 7. Both will join the country’s finest elite runners in their quest to clinch the MILO Marathon King and Queen crowns. As an added incentive, MILO will send this year’s King and Queen to Japan on an all-expense paid trip to the 2015 Tokyo Marathon.


The runners were blessed with good weather and they surely used it to their advantage. The thrilling race saw Nerza finish ahead of Richard Salaño, who put up a good fight right to the final second. Nerza posted a time of 01:12:12, while Salaño clocked in at 01:12:39, finishing first and second place, respectively. Elmer Sabal came in at third place with a time of 01:16:07.

Champion Anthony Nerza conquers the 21K event of the 38th National MILO Marathon in Lucena City.

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The 25-year-old Davaoeño, currently residing in Pasig, expressed his elation and relief in winning the race.
“It was really competitive, my fellow runners were ahead of me in the first 100 meters, and I was falling behind. I thought I wouldn’t be able to catch up, but thankfully I was able to do so and even won.   I still have a long way to go in terms of my training. Every day, I run in the morning and in the afternoon. For the National Finals, I will add three-hour runs for endurance to improve my performance.” ~Anthony Nerza~

In the distaff side, Tawagin displayed a convincing victory with an impressive time of 01:29:59, relegating rivals Jeany Rose Hari (01:44:57) to second place, and Rose Ann Valencia (02:03:01) to third place.*
Tawagin, a 23-year-old local of Lucena, voiced her satisfaction over the race.
“I’m always proud to race in my hometown. I’m glad that the route was well-balanced. I was able to manage my time and pace well.  The other contenders are also very good runners, and I’m sure that the competition will even be fiercer in the National Finals. I’ve been using my training for the AFP Olympics to help me prepare for the MILO Marathon. My everyday routine comprises of 5K runs and an extra two hours of training for endurance. My strategy for the finals needs to be adjusted because it’s a 42K event. Strength, endurance and discipline will be the areas I will focus on.” ~Janice Tawagin~

Nerza and Tawagin have been joining the National MILO Marathon for four years already. Both have been consistently winning in regional legs and qualifying for the National Finals.
“Anthony and Janice are only two of our many unsung heroes from the Armed Forces of the Philippines. We are proud to say that we are able to engage our local heroes to participate in the MILO marathon each year.  We at MILO are delighted to honor their passion and devotion in serving the country, as well as their dedication to sports and athleticism. They are truly admirable champions who serve as inspirational models to all.” ~Andrew Neri, MILO Sports Marketing Manager~
With the support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO’s Help Gives Shoes advocacy will provide 16,000 underprivileged youth with brand new running shoes and reach the 50,000 mark this year. As MILO celebrates its 50th year, Help Give Shoes aims to make the donation to students in Yolanda-hit cities, particularly Tacloban, Ormoc, and Eastern Samar.

Like father, like son: enjoying the race with big smiles

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Budding running champs start the race with a bang at the 38th National MILO Marathon Lucena leg.

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Coach Rio Dela Cruz and Lucena City Mayor Roderick Alcala strike a pose with young runners at the 38th National MILO Marathon Lucena leg.

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The qualifying race will continue in Lucena on August 31, and will head to Puerto Princesa (September 7), Lipa (September 14), Iloilo (September 21), Bacolod (September 28), Tagbilaran (October 5), Cebu (October 12), Butuan (October 19), Cagayan De Oro (November 9), General Santos (November 16), and Davao (November 23). The National Finals will be held on December 7 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds in Pasay City.

38th MILO Marathon: Naga Eliminations Leg Result

The 6th Leg of the 38th National MILO Marathon advances to Naga City with participants displaying high spirits and determination.

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Mario Maglinao and Luisa Raterta trumped their fiercest rivals in 21K events at the 38th National MILO Marathon Eliminations in Naga City on Sunday. Each earned a cash prize of P10,000, a trophy, and a coveted slot in the National Finals.

21K runner Janette Agura poised to take her last victorious step as she crosses the finish line in the prestigious footrace.

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Despite the high level of humidity during the race, over 9,000 runners rose to the challenge and exhibited their commitment and passion for running. 73 runners have qualified for the National Finals and will join Maglinao and Raterta as they go head-to-head with elite runners from across the country in Manila on December 7. The MILO Marathon King and Queen, to be crowned on that day, will be sent by MILO to Japan on an all-expense paid trip to the 2015 Tokyo Marathon.

The National MILO Marathon upholds family bonding and wellness through sports.

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Over 9,000 participants race their way into action for the 38th National MILO Marathon in Naga City.

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26-year-old Maglinao posted a time of 01:12:47, besting contenders Martin Balaybo (01:13:33), and Eugin Postrado (01:16:43). The native of Legazpi City, Albay, who currently works in Manila, has not received any formal training in running.
“Like swimming and biking, running has always been a hobby and passion of mine. I do it recreationally whenever I go home to Albay.  I didn’t have enough time to train for the race because I’m always very busy at work, but thankfully I still qualified and won. I will adjust and train for long distance running to prepare for the National Finals.” ~Mario Maglinao~

Finishing with an impressive time of 01:32:10 on the distaff side is 33-year-old Raterta, outdoing challengers Janette Agura (01:37:41) and Marilyn Bermundo (01:40:59). Hailing from Laguna, the housewife also trains youth runners and considers her coaching as part of her own training as well.
“The route was organized well this year, unlike before, when we would merge with the 3K runners that caused the slowing down of our pace.  It’s always a challenge to maintain the proper pace throughout the race. I will focus on this as I train for the finals.” ~Luisa Raterta~
Raterta had also won first place in the Manila leg, and second place in the National Finals of the 37th National MILO Marathon last year, among other awards.

“It is great to see excellent runners like Mario and Luisa who are able to balance their time between daily life, work, and their passion for sports.  Through our various sports programs and competitions, MILO is committed in helping shape our Filipino athletes into well-rounded champions as they progress in life.” ~Andrew Neri, MILO Sports Marketing Manager~
With the support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO’s Help Gives Shoes advocacy will provide 16,000 underprivileged youth with brand new running shoes and reach the 50,000 mark this year. As MILO celebrates its 50th year, Help Give Shoes aims to make the donation to students in Yolanda-hit cities, particularly Tacloban, Ormoc, and Eastern Samar.

Young sprinters show their athletic prowess during the Naga leg of the 38th National MILO Marathon.

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The qualifying race will continue in Lucena on August 31, and will head to Puerto Princesa (September 7), Lipa (September 14), Iloilo (September 21), Bacolod (September 28), Tagbilaran (October 5), Cebu (October 12), Butuan (October 19), Cagayan De Oro (November 9), General Santos (November 16), and Davao (November 23). The National Finals will be held on December 7at the SM Mall of Asia grounds in Pasay City.

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