39th Milo Marathon National Finals - Result

MILO welcomed over 14,000 runners in the finale of the 39th National MILO Marathon held in Clark Pampanga;  
Defending MILO Marathon King Rafael Poliquit and MILO Marathon Queen Mary Joy Tabal successfully held on to their crowns in the National Finals of the 39th National MILO Marathon held in Angeles, Pampanga on Sunday, as they beat fierce opposition in the 42K centrepiece event. Almost 14,100 happy runners enjoyed the scenic route, and despite the challenge brought about by the rain, the race was very safe and successful.

MILO welcomed over 14,000 runners in the finale of the 39th National MILO Marathon held in Clark Pampanga



Tabal joins the league of National MILO Marathon female legends who have won three consecutive championships namely: Arsenia Sagaray (1992, 1993, 1994), and Christabel Martes (1999, 2000, 2001).   While Poliquit clinched his second consecutive MILO Marathon King title. The champions received PHP 150,000 in cash and a trophy each. Tabal received an additional PHP 250,000 for placing second in the 42K female open category. Both will also be sent by MILO to the USA on all-expense paid trips to represent the Philippines in the prestigious 2016 Boston Marathon, the world's oldest annual marathon.

They did it again. Mary Joy Tabal and Rafael Poliquit stole the show as the winners of the full marathon centerpiece event of the 39th National MILO Marathon National Finals in Pampanga.


It was a tight race at the top, with back-to-back champion Poliquit finishing first with a time of 02:36:12, relegating rival Juneil Languido to second place with a time of 02:36:21. Maclin Sadia (02:37:43) followed in third. Poliquit, who was last year’s surprise winner, shared that being able to defend his title is definitely special. 

“It’s such a blessing to win my second title in a row.  I can’t explain the feeling. I’m proud because all of the hardships and the challenges I faced during my preparations are worth it.” ~Rafael Poliquit~

Air Force member Rafael Poliquit strikes a back to back feat as the MILO Marathon King two times in a row


In the distaff side, three-time MILO Marathon Queen Tabal ruled with a time of 02:48:24, with Mary Grace Delos Santos (03:02:21) and Christabel Martes (03:02:29) placing second and third, respectively. Tabal shared that she was under so much pressure coming into the race, because everyone was expecting her to win again. 

“I couldn’t help but cry when I crossed the finish line.  I’m so happy and relieved. I wouldn’t have achieved this without the help, prayers and support of my family, friends, and my coach Philip Duenas.” `Mary Joy Tabal~

Tabal joins the league of National MILO Marathon female legends who have won three consecutive championships.


Kenyan runners dominated the 42K open category, with James Tallam (02:20:10) leading the male category, followed by Josphat Kiptanui (02:20:49) and Julius Keprotich Seurei (02:21:54). In the female category, Elizabeth Rumokol (02:43:45) led the ranks, with Mary Joy Tabal (02:48:24) and Margaret Wangui Njuguna (02:49:32) completing the top three. Runners of all ages joined in the 3K, 5K, 10K and 21K divisions, and well-known personalities, including Yayo Aguila, Ara Mina and JC Parker, also joined in the grand finale.


MILO Sports Executive Andrew Neri expressed his heartfelt gratitude for another amazing marathon season.

“We at MILO would like to thank all of our partners who supported us at the 39th National MILO Marathon. Today’s successful race is testament to our runners’ passion and dedication to move forward in their champion journey.  Next year is the 40th year of the MILO Marathon, and we would like to invite everyone to join us in celebrating this very important milestone. Congratulations to all and see you next year!” ~MILO Sports Executive Andrew Neri~

The fresh air and spacious race routes in Clark were enjoyed by the participants of 39th National MILO Marathon National Finals in Pampanga.




The young crowd bursted in cheer during the Cheerleeding Competition side event of the 39th National MILO Marathon National Finals in Pampanga.



The UP Pep Squad put up a jaw dropping dance routine during side events of the 39th National MILO Marathon National Finals in Pampanga


39th Milo Marathon National Finals To Be Held in Angeles, Pampanga - Fresh Challenge Await Runners

The city of Angeles is excited to welcome all finalists and participants to the National Finals of the 39th National MILO Marathon on December 6, Sunday. The country’s biggest and most prestigious footrace will see children, students, aspiring runners and professional athletes of all ages on its running routes in Clark Field, Angeles, Pampanga.

With this new venue, runners will be able to get a chance to enjoy being away from the hustle and bustle of Metro Manila, with less traffic and pollution.

“The National Finals in Angeles is a fresh and exciting challenge our participants can look forward to.  The MILO Marathon is all about bringing new and electrifying experiences to our runners. We believe that our runners will appreciate this change, and we cannot wait to see them in Clark on Sunday!” ~MILO Sports Executive Andrew Neri~

Last year’s winners Rafael Poliquit and Mary Joy Tabal will be looking to defend their coveted National MILO Marathon King and Queen crowns as they go head-to-head with the country’s best. Poliquit is determined to break the record time of five-time MILO Marathon King Eduardo Buenavista, his senior officer in the Air Force of the Philippines and also his running idol. Meanwhile, Tabal is gunning to post a new record time, and is aiming to defend the MILO Marathon Queen title for three consecutive years.

The fastest Filipino and Filipina in the 42K centerpiece event will be crowned the MILO Marathon King and Queen, and will receive a cash prize of a PHP 150,000 each. If the King and Queen also win the open category, they will also be awarded the corresponding cash prize of PHP 300,000. An invisible time barrier is also set for the race, and if the King and Queen are able to break this, an additional PHP 50,000 will be awarded. A whopping total of PHP 500,000 awaits the champions.

In addition to the prize money and trophies, this year’s King and Queen will be sent by MILO to the USA on all-expense paid trips, for a chance to run in the prestigious 2016 Boston Marathon, the world's oldest annual marathon. One of the six World Marathon Majors, the Boston Marathon ranks as one of the world's best-known road racing events. It is considered as the Mecca of all races, where the best of the best runners compete.

To further inspire the 42K homegrown runners to push their limits and help champions move forward, local runners who finish amongst the top winners of the open category will also win the prize for the local category corresponding to their respective ranks. Bonus prizes will also be given to the first runner who breaks the 2:15:00 invisible time barrier (Php 100,000), the first male runner who breaks the 2:18:53 men’s course record of 5-time MILO Marathon King Eduardo Buenavista (Php 50,000), and the first female runner who breaks the 2:48:00 women’s course record of back-to-back MILO Marathon Queen Mary Joy Tabal (Php 50,000).

Milo Sports Executive Andrew Neri also added, 

“We want to provide our Filipino runners the motivation and additional level of competition, and support them in their journey as champions.  We at MILO believe that everyone has different reasons for running, but all runners keep moving forward as they tread the way to becoming a champion."

Young racers will also join in the fun in the 3K and 5K divisions. Well-known personalities have also booked their slots in the grand finale, including Kim Atienza, Yayo Aguila, Ara Mina and JC Parker. The nation’s best sprinters will be up against each other to win the biggest title. By virtue of winning the MILO Marathon King and Queen titles last year, Philippine Air Force member Rafael Poliquit and SEA Games silver medalist Mary Joy Tabal are automatically qualified to join the National Finals. NMM regional winners and qualifiers will also be on their toes, especially elite runners Eduardo Buenavista, Cellie Rose Jaro, Ireneo Raquin, Mary Grace Delos Santos, Julius Sermona, Lany Cardona and Crestabel Martes to compete the full marathon race. Last year’s top foreign runners James Tallam, Josphat Kiptanui and Joel Kiplimo Kemboi are also expected to go full throttle in the open category on Sunday.

The gun start for participants of the 42K run is at 3:00AM, the 21K run at 4:30AM, 10K run at 5:00AM, 3K run at 5:30AM and 5K run at 5:35AM. The starting line and finish line will be in SM Clark.

39th National MILO Marathon Angeles Race Route Map


39th Milo Marathon National Finals To Be Held in Angeles, Pampanga - Fresh Challenge Await Runners -

The city of Angeles is excited to welcome all finalists and participants to the National Finals of the 39th National MILO Marathon on December 6, Sunday. The country’s biggest and most prestigious footrace will see children, students, aspiring runners and professional athletes of all ages on its running routes in Clark Field, Angeles, Pampanga.

With this new venue, runners will be able to get a chance to enjoy being away from the hustle and bustle of Metro Manila, with less traffic and pollution.

“The National Finals in Angeles is a fresh and exciting challenge our participants can look forward to.  The MILO Marathon is all about bringing new and electrifying experiences to our runners. We believe that our runners will appreciate this change, and we cannot wait to see them in Clark on Sunday!” ~MILO Sports Executive Andrew Neri~

Last year’s winners Rafael Poliquit and Mary Joy Tabal will be looking to defend their coveted National MILO Marathon King and Queen crowns as they go head-to-head with the country’s best. Poliquit is determined to break the record time of five-time MILO Marathon King Eduardo Buenavista, his senior officer in the Air Force of the Philippines and also his running idol. Meanwhile, Tabal is gunning to post a new record time, and is aiming to defend the MILO Marathon Queen title for three consecutive years.

The fastest Filipino and Filipina in the 42K centerpiece event will be crowned the MILO Marathon King and Queen, and will receive a cash prize of a PHP 150,000 each. If the King and Queen also win the open category, they will also be awarded the corresponding cash prize of PHP 300,000. An invisible time barrier is also set for the race, and if the King and Queen are able to break this, an additional PHP 50,000 will be awarded. A whopping total of PHP 500,000 awaits the champions.

In addition to the prize money and trophies, this year’s King and Queen will be sent by MILO to the USA on all-expense paid trips, for a chance to run in the prestigious 2016 Boston Marathon, the world's oldest annual marathon. One of the six World Marathon Majors, the Boston Marathon ranks as one of the world's best-known road racing events. It is considered as the Mecca of all races, where the best of the best runners compete.

To further inspire the 42K homegrown runners to push their limits and help champions move forward, local runners who finish amongst the top winners of the open category will also win the prize for the local category corresponding to their respective ranks. Bonus prizes will also be given to the first runner who breaks the 2:15:00 invisible time barrier (Php 100,000), the first male runner who breaks the 2:18:53 men’s course record of 5-time MILO Marathon King Eduardo Buenavista (Php 50,000), and the first female runner who breaks the 2:48:00 women’s course record of back-to-back MILO Marathon Queen Mary Joy Tabal (Php 50,000).

Milo Sports Executive Andrew Neri also added, 

“We want to provide our Filipino runners the motivation and additional level of competition, and support them in their journey as champions.  We at MILO believe that everyone has different reasons for running, but all runners keep moving forward as they tread the way to becoming a champion."

Young racers will also join in the fun in the 3K and 5K divisions. Well-known personalities have also booked their slots in the grand finale, including Kim Atienza, Yayo Aguila, Ara Mina and JC Parker. The nation’s best sprinters will be up against each other to win the biggest title. By virtue of winning the MILO Marathon King and Queen titles last year, Philippine Air Force member Rafael Poliquit and SEA Games silver medalist Mary Joy Tabal are automatically qualified to join the National Finals. NMM regional winners and qualifiers will also be on their toes, especially elite runners Eduardo Buenavista, Cellie Rose Jaro, Ireneo Raquin, Mary Grace Delos Santos, Julius Sermona, Lany Cardona and Crestabel Martes to compete the full marathon race. Last year’s top foreign runners James Tallam, Josphat Kiptanui and Joel Kiplimo Kemboi are also expected to go full throttle in the open category on Sunday.

The gun start for participants of the 42K run is at 3:00AM, the 21K run at 4:30AM, 10K run at 5:00AM, 3K run at 5:30AM and 5K run at 5:35AM. The starting line and finish line will be in SM Clark.

39th National MILO Marathon Angeles Race Route Map


39th Milo Marathon (2015) Cagayan De Oro City Race

Sea of green: Locals of about 12,000 took part in the last provincial leg of the 39th National MILO Marathon in Cagayan de Oro City.




Arnold Unabia and Christine Hallasgo proved their mettl as they clinched the top spots of the 21K centrepiece events in the 39th National MILO Marathon Cagayan De Oro leg. Around 11,900 runners conquered the exciting challenge of a new race route on the streets of the city dubbed as the Gateway to Mindanao. The Cagayan de Oro leg is the last qualifying race this season, with the National Finals slated to be held on December 6 in Angeles Pampanga.

Unabia and Hallasgo each took home the top prize of P10,000 in cash and a trophy; and earned their slots to the National MILO Marathon Finals where they will meet the nation’s elite runners in a heated race to claim the MILO Marathon King and Queen titles. To provide another level of prestige to the competition and incentive for the runners, this year’s King and Queen will be sent by MILO to the USA on all-expense paid trips, for a chance to run in the prestigious 2016 Boston Marathon.

It was a tight race in the men’s division, with only seconds separating the top three finishers. Unabia came out on top with a time of 01:15:27, followed closely by Jerald Zabala (01:15:40) in second place and Bryan Quiamco (01:15:50) in third place. In the distaff side, Hallasgo dominated with a time of 01:28:25. Michelle Ann Sampang (01:39:41) and Ailene Tolentino (01:45:35) finished in second and third place, respectively.

Unabia has quite a number of feats to his name. Since first joining the MILO Marathon in 1997, the 37-year-old Misamis Oriental native has already won five qualifying legs to date, winning two in General Santos and three in Cagayan De Oro. Unabia is an athletics coach in Tangub City who trains elementary and high school students, and out of school youth. He also trains MILO marathon runners and MILO Little Olympics student-athletes.
“I was not able to focus that much on my training because I was busy coaching my students for the MILO Little Olympics National Finals held in October. I train with them, but of course, preparing for the 21K event is different, so I also train on my own every week. Coaching these kids is my way of giving back and helping them. These kids can also use sports to help them in opening up opportunities in school, like scholarships. They have very bright futures in sports.” ~Arnold Unabia~
Athletics coach and running veteran Arnold Unabia snatches the highest prize as the 21K male winner of the 39th National MILO Marathon in Cagayan De Oro City.





Hallasgo is also a returning champion to Cagayan De Oro, claiming back-to-back wins in the city for two years straight. The 22-year-old Public Administration student from Bukidnon has to balance her time between her studies and work, as she is also an intern at the Department of Agrarian Reform. She also trains with her running group, the Malaybalay Runners, and her sister and brother, who also joined the race. The passion for running and winning surely runs in the family, with her sister Estelita Organiza placing first in the 10K event, and brother Ricky Organiza placing second in 3K event.
“I have to wake up extra early and budget my time so I can train every morning before going to school or work. I’m happy to see my siblings excel in the sport. I am truly proud of them.” ~Christine Hallasgo~
Christine Hallasgo collects her second win as the 21K female winner of the 39th National MILO Marathon in Cagayan De Oro City





Arnold Unabia and Christine Hallasgo, both MILO Marathon regulars, just claimed their tickets in the 39th National MILO Marathon Finals.





The National MILO Marathon is not only a breeding ground for local talents but also a program that empowers underserved children nationwide. With the support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO’s Help Gives Shoes advocacy will provide 10,000 underprivileged youth with brand new running shoes this year. MILO is working with DepEd in the selection of deserving public school student beneficiaries.

Together hand-in-hand: Young folks relish a good run under the fair weather.





Nestle CDO management team led by factory manager Troy Green brought with them 40 kids from Palalan Elementary School and Balay Canossa Foundation to run in 3K race of the 39th National MILO Marathon in Cagayan de Oro.










The National Finals will be held on December 6 in Angeles, Pampanga.

Today’s Run: Some Basic Full Body Exercises on A Rainy Day and Monday

The sky is looking gloomy when we headed out to our (hubby and me) regular Monday morning run. The horizon looks so dark and seemed like warning us that a heavy rain is about to fall.

Amidst the rain warning and with our fingers crossed we proceeded with the plan to have at least some short runs. Hubby is religiously taking at least an hour run backed by his determination to push through his plan of running a full marathon if not late this year or early next year.

While my only wish this morning is to catch the group of people who are doing their mixture of (full body) exercises on weekdays. It has a been a while since the last time I joined my own weekend group because I was not available for the past weekends.

Anyway, as I anticipated with this morning’s kind of weather the fitness group of people is not on their usual spot. So I forced myself to run at least 3K. But dang! I left my wireless headset back home. This is going to be a real-cruel-run (told myself while sighing)

After some short runs round the park and a single pass at the CCP ramp I ended up taking hubby’s challenge to try his short work outs.

The idea of this work out is to do these exercises in 30 seconds each. This morning we tried the “17 Full body work out

Me doing the jumping jacks. Please ignore the weight gained LOL!

1. Plunking
2. Chest expander
3. Squats
4. Overhead arm clap
5. Bend Leg Twist
6. Step touch
7. Jumping jacks
8. Wall push ups
9. Running in place
10. Forward lunges
11. Steam Engine
12. Rear Lunges
13. Elevated Crunches
14. Jumping Ropes
15. Windmill
16. One armed side push-up
17. Push ups


You may want to try these short work outs. Find one online and download to your mobiles so you can do it anytime that you’re free.

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Today’s Running Wear:
Anticipating that it will rain anytime , I chose light clothing for today. Tops is my 2015 Nike All Women’s Run Shirt which is dri-fit material and won’t cling on my body once I happen to be soaked in the rain. My black shorts is one that I usually wear to top my swimwear for the same obvious reason. Shoes is my Nike Free 5.0 which I intentionally worn without socks for the same reason. Plus that Nike Free shoes is always best worn without socks.

Today’s Music:
Nada! I left my headset at home remember?

Today’s Food:
I think it was French toast and coffee. I’m not sure because I am actually posting this late. This happened and drafted last Monday. I finalized and posted this just today.  I know I have been procrastinating for an extended time but hey I’m trying to be back both in blogging and sweating out!

What about you? What little exercises have you been doing? Or you have been  on extended procrastination too

Have a blessed Sunday everyone!

39th Milo Marathon (2015) Naga Race

Fresh faces Alvin Nicolas, Jr. of Central Bicol State of Agriculture and Macrose Dichoso of University of the East Manila took the spotlight at the 21K centerpiece event of the 39th National MILO Marathon in Naga on Sunday. About 7,300 participants from the South conquered the streets of the city to meet the finish line. Naga City Mayor John Bongat took part in the event and sounded the gun start of the 5K race.

Naga's main roads were swept by about 7,300 participants who joined in the 39th National MILO Marathon.


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Nicolas and Dichoso each took home the top purse of P10,000 in cash and a trophy. The 21-year-olds have also booked their slots to the National Finals in Angeles on December 6, where they will meet the nation’s elite runners in a heated grand finale to claim the MILO Marathon King and Queen titles.

To provide another level of prestige to the competition and incentive for the runners, this year’s King and Queen will be sent by MILO to the USA on all-expense paid trips, for a chance to run in the prestigious 2016 Boston Marathon.

Nicolas clocked in at 01:12:04, besting hundreds of runners in the men’s 21K division. Gilbert Laido (01:17:07) and Ernie Payong (01:18:05) completed the top 3 male 21K finishers. In the distaff side, Dichoso ruled with a time of 01:35:50, while in the female 21K division, Marilyn Bermundo (01:45:52) and Gemma Payong (01:46:16) finished second and third place, respectively.

New champions Alvin Nicolas,Jr. and Macrose Dichoso bested other runners in the 21K event of the 39th National MILO Marathon in Naga.

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Agricultural Engineering student Nicolas was pleased with the results of his hard-earned race.  The MILO Marathon regular was last year’s 10K Naga winner as well, and he has been proudly winning various 5K to 21K races for three years now. For the National Finals, he believes he has ample time before the big day.
“I was able to break my target time.  My target was 1:35:00 but I was able to cross the finish line at around 1:12:00. This might be my best time yet. I am glad I get to beat my personal challenges with hard work.”
“I will continue training every morning, like I always do. With the right amount of motivation in my preparations, I might get a good chance for the Finals.” ~Alvin Nicolas, Jr~
Camarines Sur native Alvin Nicolas outpaced his competitors as champion of the men's 21K race of the 39th National MILO Marathon in Naga.

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Red Warrior Dichoso was delighted to win her very first 21K race. The first few kilometers had not been easy for the Quezon native, but she pushed through nonetheless.
“The start was pretty challenging for me, but it was a good thing I was in the lead so I kept my pace and got the hang of it by the time I got to the turning point.” ~Macrose Dichoso~
Like Nicolas, Dichoso has also been joining and consistently winning her races at the MILO Marathon each year, ranging from 5K to 21K running events.


The National MILO Marathon is not only a breeding ground for local talents but also a program that empowers children nationwide. With the support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO’s Help Gives Shoes advocacy will provide 10,000 underprivileged youth with brand new running shoes this year. MILO is working with DepEd in the selection of deserving public school student beneficiaries.

Father and his boys are proud finishers of the 5K race of the 39th National MILO Marathon in Naga.

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The race will resume in Lucena (August 30) before heading to Iloilo (September 20), Bacolod (September 27), Tagbilaran (October 4), Cebu (October 11), General Santos (October 18), Davao (November 8), Butuan (November 15), and Cagayan De Oro (November 22). The National Finals will be held on December 6 in Angeles, Pampanga.

39th Milo Marathon (2015) Lipa, Batangas Race

MILO Marathon veterans Erinio Raquin and Cellie Rose Jaro triumphed in the 21K centerpiece event of the National MILO Marathon Lipa race on Sunday.  Almost 7,000 participants enjoyed the good weather as they took to the running routes of Batangas.

Almost 7,000 BatangeƱos ruled the city streets in the 39th National MILO Marathon in Lipa.
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Raquin and Jaro have both secured their slots in the National Finals and each took home the top prize of P10,000 in cash and a trophy. Both will go head-to-head with the country’s best runners at the National Finals in Angeles on December 6, where the MILO Marathon King and Queen titles are up for grabs. This year’s King and Queen will be sent by MILO to the USA on all-expense paid trips, for a chance to run in the prestigious 2016 Boston Marathon.

Marathon regulars Erinio Raquin and Cellie Rose Jaro triumphed the fast lane as 21K champions of the 39th National MILO Marathon in Lipa.
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Raquin posted a time of 01:15:13, beating rivals Archie Patubo (01:18:16) and Rolando Anonuevo (01:22:33) who came in second and third place, respectively.

30-year-old Raquin is no stranger to winning in the MILO Marathon. The native of Oriental Mindoro won second place in the Manila leg of the 2013 MILO Marathon Manila leg, and finished third in the 2013 National Finals. This year, he is aiming to top his achievements.
“I have been doing a lot of long runs, drills and workouts. I also watch my intake of food and vitamins.  My main aim was to reach the qualifying time. I’m happy that I was able to win. I will now prepare very well for the finals.” ~Erinio Raquin~
Full time runner Erinio Raquin won himself a slot to the National Finals after winning the 21K race of the 39th National MILO Marathon in Lipa.
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In the distaff side, Jaro finished with a time of 01:35:47, while Janeth Lumidao (01:37:16) followed in second place and Rowena Valdez (01:40:23) in third.

20-year-old Cellie Rose is one of the five siblings in the Jaro running family. Now a sophomore and varsity member at the University of the East, Jaro proves that balancing her studies with her running career can be achieved through determination and time management.
“I do long runs in the morning then focus on my studies in the afternoon. It’s really important to manage my time well.  I was not able to train much for this race because I have classes in the afternoon. For the National Finals, I will focus more on long runs to build up on my endurance.”~Cellie Rose Jaro ~

The National MILO Marathon is not only a breeding ground for local talents but also a program that empowers children nationwide. With the support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO’s Help Gives Shoes advocacy will provide 10,000 underprivileged youth with brand new running shoes this year. MILO is working with DepEd in the selection of deserving public school student beneficiaries.

Young participants face the morning with a good run to the finish line.Photo 4


The beautiful family made their bonding more memorable with a quick snap with Coach Rio.
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Parents and their little tykes shared moments together during their run in the 39th National MILO Mararhon in Lipa.
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The race will resume in Naga (August 16), before heading to Lucena (August 30), Iloilo (September 20), Bacolod (September 27), Tagbilaran (October 4), Cebu (October 11), General Santos (October 18), Davao (November 8), Butuan (November 15), and Cagayan De Oro (November 22). The National Finals will be held on December 6 in Angeles, Pampanga.

38th Milo Marathon (2015) Calapan, Oriental Mindoro Race

SEA Games silver medalist and Philippine National Team member Mervin Guarte and MILO APEX Running Clinic coach Janette Agura clinched the first place honors in the 21K male and female divisions at the 39th National MILO Marathon Calapan qualifying leg on Sunday. Calapan is one of the new locations of the MILO Marathon this year. Over 5,000 runners of all ages graced the event and helped establish the record of the biggest fun run in Oriental Mindoro, to date.

The National MILO Marathon in Calapan had an overwhelming participation of over 5,000 runners making it the biggest race in Oriental Mindoro to date.
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Guarte and Agura have both secured their slots in the National Finals and each took home the top prize of P50,000 in cash and a trophy. Both will go head-to-head with the country’s best runners at the National Finals in Angeles on December 6, where the MILO Marathon King and Queen titles are up for grabs. This year’s King and Queen will be sent by MILO to the USA on all-expense paid trips, for a chance to run in the prestigious 2016 Boston Marathon.

Mervin Guarte and Janette Agura secured their spots in the National Finals as the 21K champions in the 39th National MILO Marathon in Calapan.
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It was Guarte’s first time to run in the 21K category. The 23-year-old native of Calapan clocked in at 01:12:12, beating rivals Jujet De Asis (01:14:56) and Roel Galvero (01:15:34) who came in second and third place, respectively.

Guarte’s big jump to the 21K event was no easy feat.
“Since 2008 to 2014, I only joined the 5K and 10K events.  It was hard to make the transition to long distance running, but with the proper training and guidance from my coaches and teammates, I was able to do it.” ~Mervin Guarte~

Calapan native Mervin Guarte was victorious in his very first 21K race in the 39th National MILO Marathon.

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In the distaff side, 37-year-old Janette Agura comfortably clinched the top spot with a time of 01:38:33. Jenny Manansala (02:03:17) finished in second place, and Herrera Mercy (02:15:47) in third place.


In 2013, Agura, a native of Lipa, finished in the top 10 of the MILO Marathon National Finals. She is determined to train well and do her best at the National Finals. Aside from her personal training, she is also busy coaching her De La Salle Lipa students aged 7-12. She is also training her MILO APEX students, adults 40 years and over, who will run in the Lipa leg of the MILO Marathon.
“I joined the Calapan leg so that I can guide my students as they run in the Lipa race.  I enjoy sharing my knowledge to my students. It’s an amazing feeling knowing I am able to inspire them, and in turn, they inspire me too.” ~Janette Agura~

The National MILO Marathon is not only a breeding ground for local talents but also a program that empowers children nationwide. With the support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO’s Help Gives Shoes advocacy will provide 10,000 underprivileged youth with brand new running shoes this year. MILO is working with DepEd in the selection of deserving public school student beneficiaries.

Young champions kept a swift pace hand in hand during the 39th National MILO Marathon in Calapan.
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The race will resume in Lipa (August 9) before heading to Naga (August 16), Lucena (August 30), Iloilo (September 20), Bacolod (September 27), Tagbilaran (October 4), Cebu (October 11), General Santos (October 18), Davao (November 8), Butuan (November 15), and Cagayan De Oro (November 22). The National Finals will be held on December 6 in Angeles, Pampanga.

39th Milo Marathon (2015) Manila Race

Veteran runners Eric Panique and Luisa Raterta made headlines as they grabbed the top spots in the 42K centrepiece event at the 39th National MILO Marathon Manila qualifying leg on Sunday. Almost 35,000 runners of all ages answered the challenge and enjoyed the great sunny weather as they conquered the MILO Marathon race routes.

Almost 35,000 folks across Metro Manila conquered the main streets to reach the finish line in the 39th National MILO Marathon Manila Race.
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In the men’s division, Panique outpaced his rivals, beating them with a time of 02:37:44. Mario Maglinao (02:39:47) followed in second place, while Rene Desuyo (02:45:57) finished in third place.
Running veterans Eric Panique and Luisa Raterta took the spotlight as the champions of the 42K race in the 39th National MILO Marathon Manila Qualifying Race.
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Panique trained with 5-time MILO Marathon King Eduardo Buenavista in Baguio City to prepare for the race. Despite stiff competition from his fellow elite runners early on in the race, he persevered to move forward. “There were some runners ahead of me at the start,” shared Panique.
“I increased my pace in the last six kilometers and thankfully, I was able to beat them. I am very grateful to the Lord for his guidance in helping me achieve this honor.”~Eric Panique~
Elite runner Eric Panique raises his banner of victory in the 39th National MILO Marathon Manila Qualifying Race.
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In the distaff side, Luisa Raterta rose above her counterparts and topped the race with a time of 03:10:36. Rounding up the top 3 female 42K runners are Criselyn Jaro (03:25:03) in second place, and April Rose Diaz (03:34:02) in third place.
Whenever Raterte takes a break from her own personal training, she coaches aspiring runners and athletes on the street in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, to turn them away from bad vices. She revealed that she also trains her daughter. 13-year-old Leonalyn Raterta, a champion in her own right, won third place in the 5K category.
“Leonalyn just finished competing in the Palarong Pambansa, and now, she won in the MILO Marathon.  “She’s very dedicated to running. I always enjoy training with her and as her mother, I couldn’t be any prouder. “ ~Luisa Raterta~
Running mentor Luisa Raterta finally owned the highest honor of the women's 42K race of the 39th National MILO Marathon Manila Qualifying Race.
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The country’s biggest and most prestigious event was also graced by celebrities who are MILO Marathon regulars, including The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition coach and MILO APEX founder Jim Saret and Toni Saret, MILO R2 ambassador and football star Tata Garcia-Long, fitness enthusiast and triathlete Kuya Kim Atienza, and avid runner Karylle Tatlonghari-Yuzon.
“The race route was so beautiful because you could see the Manila Bay sunrise. The runners from the MILO community are also very friendly.  There was a group of students who stayed with me towards the end of the race. I was already a bit tired, but they waited for me to catch up and encouraged me to go on. The energy and support from everyone is the best.” ~Karylle Tatlonghari-Yuzon~
Celebrity and fitness buff Karylle Tatlonghari-Yuzon hit the roads in the 39th National MILO Marathon in Manila.
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Panique and Raterte have both secured their slots in the National Finals and each took home the top prize of P50,000 in cash and a trophy. Both will go head-to-head with the country’s best runners at the National Finals in Angeles on December 6, where the MILO Marathon King and Queen titles are up for grabs. This year’s King and Queen will be sent by MILO to the USA on all-expense paid trips, for a chance to run in the prestigious 2016 Boston Marathon.

The National MILO Marathon is not only a breeding ground for local talents but also a program that empowers children nationwide. With the support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO’s Help Gives Shoes advocacy will provide 10,000 underprivileged youth with brand new running shoes this year. MILO is working with DepEd in the selection of deserving public school student beneficiaries.
Local runners are brimming with high spirits during the 39th National MILO Marathon Manila Qualifying Race.
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Moms brought their kids out for a quality time in the 39th National MILO Marathon in Manila.
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Little cheerleader watches her co-dancers during the side events of the 39th National MILO Marathon in Manila.
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The race will resume in Calapan (August 2), before heading to Lipa (August 9), Naga (August 16), Lucena (August 30), Iloilo (September 20), Bacolod (September 27), Tagbilaran (October 4), Cebu (October 11), General Santos (October 18), Davao (November 8), Butuan (November 15), and Cagayan De Oro (November 22). The National Finals will be held onDecember 6 in Angeles, Pampanga.

39th National MILO Marathon Ready to Welcome Champions in Manila

The city is abuzz with excitement for the Manila qualifying leg of the 39th National MILO Marathon on July 26, Sunday. The country’s biggest and most prestigious footrace will see children, students, aspiring runners and professional athletes of all ages on its running routes at the SM Mall of Asia grounds, Pasay City.

Elite runners including Eric Panique and Criselyn Jaro will look to break records and defeat their fiercest rivals to clinch the top purse. Prizes await the winners of the 42K division race, who will receive Php 50,000 in cash and a trophy, while the victors of the 21K division will receive a cash prize of Php 10,000 and a trophy. All runners who finish within the specified age-bracket and cut-off time per division will also receive a coveted slot in the National Finals in Angeles on December 6 for a chance to be crowned the 2015 MILO Marathon King and Queen.

This year’s MILO Marathon King and Queen will be sent by MILO to the USA on all-expense paid trips, for a chance to run in the prestigious 2016 Boston Marathon, the world's oldest annual marathon. One of the six World Marathon Majors, the Boston Marathon ranks as one of the world's best-known road racing events. It is considered as the Mecca of all races, where the best of the best runners compete.

Young racers will also join in the fun in the 3K and 5K divisions. Celebrity runners are also expected to participate in the running events, including MILO APEX Running School founder and The Biggest Loser Philippines coach Jim Saret, his wife and fellow coach Toni Saret, and running enthusiast and triathlete Kuya Kim Atienza.

The gun start for participants of the 42K run is at 3:00AM, the 21K run at 4:30AM, 10K run at 5:00AM, 3K run at 5:30AM and 5K run at 5:35AM. The starting line will be adjacent to the finish line at the Seaside Boulevard of SM MOA.

Gun Start

Motorists are advised that from 2:00AM-9:00AM, Roxas Boulevard (northbound and southbound), Macapagal Boulevard (southbound) and J.W. Diokno Boulevard will be closed. From 2:00AM-11:00AM, Seaside Boulevard and Coral Way of the SM Mall of Asia will also be closed, as well as westbound to Makati Avenue, from 3:00AM-9:00AM. Due to these road closures and increased volume of pedestrian traffic, vehicles going to Cavite and Baclaran are advised to take Macapagal Boulevard, while those going to the south may take Padre Burgos Avenue, Taft Avenue, Mabini Street and F.B. Horrison Street. Those headed to Manila may take Taft Avenue and F.B. Horrison Street.

The 39th National MILO Marathon is made possible by Timex, the Bayview Park Hotel Manila, ASICS, Smart, Subaru, Hisense and Salonpas, along with endorsements from the Department of Education, Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee.

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See you all at the START line!
Photo Credits to Strategic Edge and Milo FB Page

39th Milo Marathon (2015) Balanga, Bataan Race

MILO Marathon regulars Noel Fabros and Mary Grace Dela Torre topped the 21K centerpiece event at the 39th National MILO Marathon Balanga qualifying leg on Sunday.

Noel Fabros and Mary Grace Dela Torre clinched the highest spot as 21K winners of the 39th National MILO Marathon in Balanga.
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Over 8,000 runners joined the race, including Balanga City Mayor Joet Garcia who ran in the 5K category. This is the first year that the MILO Marathon came to Balanga, and Sunday’s running event established the record of the biggest race in the city, to date.

More than 8,000 folks participated in the 39th National MILO Marathon making it the biggest race in Balanga City.
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Balanga City Mayor Joet Garcia shares words of encouragement to fellow runners before the mass start of the 39th National MILO Marathon in Balanga.
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In the men’s division, 39-year-old Fabros beat his rivals with a time of 01:24:25. Harly Baguistan (01:24:30) and Gerald De Jesus (01:26:57) placed second and third place, respectively. Fabros, a security guard from Isabela who regularly runs with the Daruik Running Club, placed 4th in the 2013 MILO Marathon National Finals.


Fabros almost did not make it to the finish line.
“At some point in the race, I felt cramps and I tripped. Everyone thought I was not going to make it.  I thought to myself, I can’t give up now, after all the training and everything I’ve been through. I pushed myself and thankfully, I won.” ~Noel Fabros~

39-year-old Noel Fabros outpaced other runners in the 39th National MILO Marathon in Balanga.
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In the distaff side, 19-year-old Dela Torre bested her counterparts with a time of 01:47:34. Vanessa Grace Reyes (02:10:59) followed in second place, while Lilibeth Castro (02:15:28) finished in third. Dela Torre, a varsity member of the Far Eastern University running team, was last year’s MILO Marathon Tarlac qualifying leg champion.

FEU varsity athlete Mary Grace Dela Torre was in top speed to be the 21K female winner of the 39th National MILO Marathon in Balanga.
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Both Fabros and Dela Torre have secured their slots in the National Finals and each took home the top prize of P10,000 in cash and a trophy. Both will go head-to-head with the country’s best runners at the National Finals in Angeles on December 6, where the MILO Marathon King and Queen titles are up for grabs. This year’s King and Queen will be sent by MILO to the USA on all-expense paid trips, for a chance to run in the prestigious 2016 Boston Marathon.


The National MILO Marathon is not only a breeding ground for local talents but also a program that empowers children nationwide. With the support of the Department of Education and the National MILO Marathon runners, MILO’s Help Gives Shoes advocacy will provide 10,000 underprivileged youth with brand new running shoes this year. MILO is working with DepEd in the selection of deserving public school student beneficiaries.


The race will resume in Manila (July 26), before going to Calapan (August 2), Lipa (August 9), Naga (August 16), Lucena (August 30), Iloilo (September 20), Bacolod (September 27), Tagbilaran (October 4), Cebu (October 11), General Santos (October 18), Davao (November 8), Butuan (November 15), and Cagayan De Oro (November 22). The National Finals will be held on December 6 in Angeles, Pampanga.

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