41st National MILO Marathon Cebu Finals



MILO Philippines and the city of Cebu are ready to welcome all finalists and participants at the National Finals of the 41st National MILO Marathon on December 3, Sunday. For the first time, the Queen City of the South hosts the much-awaited finale. With the MILO Marathon’s strong following in the Visayas region, Cebu was chosen as the finals location to make the running event more accessible to the runners from the south, as well as to reach more Filipinos and encourage them to achieve an active and healthy lifestyle. Runners and spectators alike can also look forward to the popular tourist spots and rich culture that Cebu has to offer.


Throughout the cycle, the National MILO Marathon has highlighted the life lessons that runners can learn from joining the event. With the theme “Magsama-sama, Tumakbo, Matuto”, this season has been driven by values such as discipline, resilience, and determination, which runners can take with them in their journey in life. The culmination race marks the completion of the 16-leg qualifiers of the event’s 41st season.


Participants set to take off
Four-time MILO Marathon Queen Mary Joy Tabal is bidding to defend her crown in her home turf and set a new record to be the first runner to claim the prestigious title five times in a row. Reigning MILO Marathon King Jeson Agravante is determined to retain the crown for the first time against the stiff competition he faces from his rivals. MILO Marathon regulars and veteran runners Eduardo “Vertek” Buenavista, Eric Panique, Cristabel Martes are also expected to go on full throttle in the grand finale, giving the reigning King and Queen a proper challenge for the title.

Over 32,000 aspiring runners and professional athletes of all ages will charge onto the race tracks starting at Cebu Normal University. Eight hundred elite runners were qualified to the National Finals. Of which, over 300 are ready to take on the full marathon in full speed.


Big prizes at stake
The fastest Filipino and Filipina in the 42K centerpiece event will be crowned the MILO Marathon King and Queen, and each will receive a cash prize of PHP 150,000. 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 each awaits the champions.


In addition to the prize money and trophies, this year’s King and Queen will have a chance to run in a prestigious international marathon in 2018.

More than a staunch advocate of Philippine sports and Filipino athletes, the National MILO Marathon is also a platform that empowers children nationwide. The National MILO Marathon’s Help Give Shoes advocacy, in partnership with Department of Education, has inspired 70,000 aspiring athletes to fulfill their dreams by donating brand new pairs of running shoes. The Help Give Shoes advocacy will be donating another 6,000 pairs to underprivileged school children.

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 race starts at Cebu Normal University and ends at Cebu City Sports Complex.


The 41st National MILO Marathon is endorsed by the Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Olympic Committee, Department of Education, the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association, and the International Association of Athletics Federations – Association of International Marathons and Distance Races. The National MILO Marathon is in partnership with Salonpas, and supported by Cebu Grand Hotel, Garmin, Hisense, Manila Bulletin, Maynilad.

41st National MILO Marathon Davao Leg

Hard work and passion equipped the athletes during the 41stNational MILO Marathon Davao leg on Sunday, October 22. Richeel Languido and Judelyn Miranda emerged triumphant as they landed first place at the 21K half marathon. Almost 10,000 runners conquered the streets to race for the finish line. Training directors of the Philippine Olympic Committee, and celebrity training coaches Jim and Tony Saret led the pre-race warm up sessions for the elite athletes and category runners, respectively.
 

Richeel Languido earned the top spot at the 21K half marathon with 1:15:14 at the clock, closely followed by Michale Echalieco (1:18:29) and Arnie Macaneras (1:20:19). Meanwhile, over at the female division, Judelyn Miranda, who also topped the Davao leg in the 39th National MILO Marathon in 2015, clocked in at 1:32:07, followed by Vivian Avegonzado at 1:41:38 and Lalaine Payricio at 1:42:22. Supporters should expect to see the two winners once again at the National Finals in Cebu City on December 3 to try and claim the title of MILO Marathon King and Queen.



 
It was clear that the 31-year old Richeel Languido was in the perfect condition to win the competition. He dominated the field and was ahead of everybody right from the start. Though it may seem that it was an easy challenge for him he admitted that the race was not an easy challenge. “I had a hard time going back since the route was uphill and it is also my first time in Davao. Luckily, I was able to make it up in the last 3K or 4K,” says Languido. He shared his training regimen which comprised of an hour and a half run before heading to work and a 30-minute jog before heading home. Richeel plans on bringing his wife and children along with him for the CDO leg; “It’s fun to join the MILO Marathon. You get to bond with your friends. I plan to bring my wife and kids to the CDO race so they can experience the thrill and excitement for themselves”.
 
Meanwhile, Judelyn Miranda, a 32-year old security management official from Tagum City, emerged victorious as the female winner of the 21K race. Judelyn is no stranger to marathons; this is her third time to participate in the Davao race. Miranda admitted that because of her job she wasn’t able to train as much as she would have wanted and openly shared that she had a hard time during the marathon. “I had a hard time at the beginning of the race because there was someone younger who was ahead of me. I caught up with them at the last 8K and took the lead from then on,” Judelyn shared. She also brought her child with her; she hopes she can inspire her kin to live a healthy lifestyle like her.
 
Nobody walks away from a MILO marathon without an incredible story and for this leg of the race, Isidro Vildosa held that story. The 41-year old National Athlete got his right arm amputated when he was a young boy due to an accident in the rice fields however despite the circumstances he decided to join running competitions as he was recovering. “This is my passion. Running left a positive impact on my life. When I was still recovering from the accident, that was the time I started joining running competitions,” Vildosa shared. He recently competed in the Paragames in Kuala Lumpur and landed himself at 4th place. For the MILO marathon 21K category, he clocked in at 1:29:56 which places him at the 8th spot nevertheless, he remains positive about running and urges the youth to participate in marathons.
 
The National MILO Marathon will continue in Butuan (November 12) and Cagayan De Oro (November 19). The National Finals in Cebu City will be on December 3.
 
The 41st National MILO Marathon is endorsed by the Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Olympic Committee, Department of Education, the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association, and the International Association of Athletics Federations – Association of International Marathons and Distance Races. The National MILO Marathon is in partnership with Salonpas, and supported by Garmin, Hisense, Manila Bulletin, Maynilad and Asics.

41st National MILO Marathon Manila Leg


New faces graced the first place podium of the 41st National MILO Marathon Manila leg on Sunday, July 30. Winners Rafael Pescos and Cinderella Lorenzo stole the spotlight from their rivals in the 42km centrepiece event of the country’s oldest and grandest footrace. Each of them took home the top purse of P50,000 in cash and a trophy, and booked their slots to the National Finals in Cebu City on December 3 to try and claim the MILO Marathon King and Queen titles.

Pescos did not lead from the start, but gained ground on his opponents to place first with a time of 2:38:27. Erick Panique (2:43:10), and Noel Tillor (2:47:31) finished at second and third place, respectively.

It is the 23-year-old Cebuano’s first time to win in the 42km category of the National MILO Marathon. Last year, he fell short of his goal in the National Finals in Iloilo as he struggled with the flu, but he was hungry to prove himself better. 
“For six months, I really trained and put in the hard work to prepare for the Manila qualifications. Even if I am not familiar with the race route in Manila, I was determined to fight and finish strong".  ~Rafael Pescos~
He added that the most important values he learned from his experience are confidence and belief in self to achieve his dreams, as well as generosity to others – he will share part of his prize money towards the training fund of his running team.

In the distaff side, Lorenzo clocked in at 3:16:15 to clinch first place. Lany Cardona (3:23:38) followed in second place and Lizane Abella (3:29:48) came in third.

This race was Lorenzo’s first time to run the 42km distance and in true impressive fashion, the 28-year-old mom led all the way from start to finish. 

“Training wasn’t easy, but through sacrifice, perseverance and discipline, I was able to accomplish this great achievement today, together with my kids who also ran in their first 3K race.  I encouraged them to join me today for a learning experience through running. They are my inspiration, as well as my husband who is also my coach, and the rest of my family, too.” ~Cinderella Lorenzo~




More than a staunch advocate of Philippine sports and Filipino athletes, the National MILO Marathon is also a platform that empowers children nationwide. For the past 7 years, the National MILO Marathon’s Help Give Shoes advocacy, in partnership with Department of Education, has inspired 70,000 aspiring athletes to fulfill their dreams by donating brand new pairs of running shoes. This year, the Help Give Shoes advocacy will be donating 5,000 pairs to underprivileged school children.


The National MILO Marathon will continue in Angeles (August 6), Tarlac (August 13), Naga (August 27), Lucena (September 03), Lipa (September 10), Tagbilaran (September 24), Roxas (October 1), Iloilo (October 8), General Santos (October 15), Davao (October 22), Butuan (November 12), and Cagayan De Oro (November 19). The National Finals in Cebu City will be on December 3.

The 41st National MILO Marathon is endorsed by the Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Olympic Committee, Department of Education, the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association, and the International Association of Athletics Federations – Association of International Marathons and Distance Races. The National MILO Marathon is in partnership with Salonpas, and supported by Garmin, Hisense, Manila Bulletin, Maynilad and Asics.

41st National MILO Marathon Urdaneta Leg

In true festive fashion, the city of Urdaneta showed its overwhelming enthusiasm in the first race of the 41st National MILO Marathon. Around 12,000 runners hit the streets to race the finish line. Running veterans Julius Sermona and Christabel Martes took the spotlight and placed first in the 21K male and female categories, respectively. They each took home the top purse of P10,000 in cash and a trophy, and booked their slots to the National Finals in Cebu on December 3 to try and claim the MILO Marathon King and Queen titles.


In the male category, Julius Sermona clocked in with the time of 1:15:31, followed by Hernani Sore in the second place (1:17:21), and Romulo Ballnas Jr. in the third place (1:20:45). In the female category, Christabel Martes posted a time of 1:23:45, while Rowena Valdez finished second place (1:47:12), and Quipsie Isabel Milagros in third (1:54:10).

Despite the lack of training, former national athlete and running veteran Julius Sermona was able to hit his personal target. Having had a hectic spell of activities as an air force member, Sermona made up for the shortage and pushed through the competition with resilience and will.

“The first few kilometers have not been easy for me.  It was difficult to pass through the lead, but I just kept my head in the game which eventually helped me sprint faster in the last eight kilometers.” ~Julius Sermona~


Sermona believes that joining marathons not only stimulates one athlete’s passion for running, it also provides physical fitness. “Running, for me, is all about health,” he said. “Physical fitness is integral to a runner’s development, especially to the kids and I am very proud to be a part of a community that promotes these values.”

In the distaff side, former SEA Games athlete Martes easily raced her way to the finish line. Augmented by the spacious roads and smooth terrain, the Baguio native revealed that the features enabled her to comfortably outpace her closest competitors.

“I just stayed at my own pace. I am very pleased with the route and it helped me stayed in the lead from start to finish.” “Whenever I win, I always remind myself to be humble.  I am happy and thankful to be called as an inspiration to many, and I hope that I continue to do so while keeping my feet on the ground.”  ~Christabel Martes~

  More than a staunch advocate of Philippine sports and Filipino athletes, the National MILO Marathon is also a platform that empowers children nationwide. For the past 7 years, the National MILO Marathon’s Help Give Shoes advocacy, in partnership with Department of Education, has inspired 70,000 aspiring athletes to fulfill their dreams by donating brand new pairs of running shoes. This year, the Help Give Shoes advocacy will be donating 5,000 pairs to underprivileged school children.

The National MILO Marathon will continue in Laoag (July 23), Metro Manila (July 30), Angeles (August 6), Tarlac (August 13), Naga (August 27), Lucena (September 03), Lipa (September 10), Tagbilaran (September 24), Roxas (October 1), Iloilo (October 8), General Santos (October 15), Davao (October 22), Butuan (November 12), and Cagayan De Oro (November 19). The National Finals in Cebu City will be on December 3.

The 2017 Milo Marathon - MILO Launches 41st Season of the National MILO Marathon

The National MILO Marathon, the country’s most accessible national race, today announced the official opening of its 41st season. The first of the 16 races is set to kick-off in Urdaneta City, Pangasinan on July 16. With new features and race locations added for the fresh cycle ahead, MILO expects to see around 200,000 participants from across the country compete in 3km, 5km, 10km, 21km, and 42km distance categories.

(L-R) Coach Rio dela Cruz, 41st National MILO Marathon Race Organizer; Joey Uy, Business Executive Officer; Ricky Ballesteros, National MILO Marathon National Finals Cebu Race Organizer; Willy De Ocampo, Business Unit Manager; Robbie De Vera, MILO Philippines Sports Executive; Lester Castillo, MILO Philippines Sports Executive

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The National MILO Marathon has long been energizing and inspiring champions for over 40 years and, as such, has been attracting runners of all kinds, from children, rookies, veterans, friends, and families from all over the country and the world. Centered on the theme “Magsama-sama, Tumakbo, Matuto”, this season is driven by values such as discipline, resilience, and determination, which runners can take with them in their journey in life.
“In the National MILO Marathon, we see people from all walks of life who come to run, to learn, and to live. This year, we shine the spotlight on the runners who are learning along the way and taking these lessons beyond the finish line to shape their lives.” ~Robbie De Vera, MILO Philippines Sports Executive~
New roads, new features

Three new areas, Urdaneta, Laoag and Roxas cities, are added in this year’s 16-leg tourney. The additional locations will provide runners with new and exciting challenges, showcasing the great running experience the National MILO Marathon is known for.
“We at MILO make it a mission to engage more Filipinos in adapting active and healthy lifestyles, and that is what the National MILO Marathon is all about. By adding more key cities, we will be able to reach more champions and hopefully inspire them to achieve new heights, be it in sports or in life. We look forward to seeing our champions!” added De Vera.
Following the success of the Iloilo finale last year, the National MILO Marathon will be staging its final race in Cebu City on December 3rd. This is the second time for Visayas to host the much-anticipated culminating event, and the third time to be held outside of Metro Manila.
“We are excited to be fielding the National Finals in Cebu where the sporting landscape is more invigorating than ever. Our team is on its way to prepare for the biggest race of the season, so expect for this year’s finale to be grander and bolder.” Ricky Ballesteros/National MILO Marathon National Finals Organizer.
To encourage runners to celebrate their victories, MILO will debut the new Age Group Category in the National Finals. The Age Group Category is an added feature in the 21K and 42K distance races, that lets participants track and compare their performance with other runners in similar age groups. The new feature intends to motivate runners in reaching their personal goals and attract more contenders to the higher categories.

More than a staunch advocate of Philippine sports and Filipino athletes, the National MILO Marathon is also a platform that empowers children nationwide. For the past 7 years, the National MILO Marathon’s Help Give Shoes advocacy, in partnership with Department of Education, has inspired 70,000 aspiring athletes to fulfill their dreams by donating brand new pairs of running shoes. This year, the Help Give Shoes advocacy will be donating 5,000 pairs to underprivileged school children.
The series will start in Urdaneta on July 16, which expects around 10,000 runners. Following the pilot race, the National MILO Marathon will continue in Laoag (July 23), Metro Manila (July 30), Angeles (August 6), Tarlac (August 13), Naga (August 27), Lucena (September 03), Lipa (September 10), Tagbilaran (September 24), Roxas (October 1), Iloilo (October 8), General Santos (October 15), Davao (October 22), Butuan (November 12), and Cagayan De Oro (November 19). The National Finals in Cebu City will be on December 3.

The 41st National MILO Marathon is endorsed by the Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Olympic Committee, Department of Education, the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association, and the International Association of Athletics Federations – Association of International Marathons and Distance Races. The National MILO Marathon is in partnership with Salonpas, and supported by Garmin, Hisense, Manila Bulletin, Maynilad and Walter Mart Supermarket.

The Running Bride and Groom

Hello everyone!  It’d been quite a while I know right?

But anyway,  I am so glad that something motivated me and lead me back clicking that new post icon on this blog which I feel is already covered by thick cobwebs similar to haunted houses in horror movies.  Forgive me with the simile ha ha.  Also forgive me if I’ll have grammar lapses cause you know it’s been quite a while and my vocabulary and grammar are both quite rusty.  Besides, I’m not planning to give this a proof reading or whatever so as not to lose the spontaneity as I type my happy thoughts away. 

A wedding!

Yep a wedding is the culprit cum inspiration why I suddenly went back tapping on my lappy.  Yesterday I felt so honored to be a part of a running-inspired wedding event.  This is also the reason why I am sharing this here instead to my other home at Balut Manila

So before I proceed, I hope that the bride and groom won’t mind me sharing on this site some bits of their beautiful wedding.  And if they do mind, then I’ll just use my “Ninang-Pass-Card” (grins).

So I got the invitation!
Gosh it asked me to train which I felt so guilty of because I was not able to.  I got so caught up with the d*mn thing called work!  (excuses, excuses, more excuses!  Duh!) The result = I looked obese in spite of the midnight blue color motif.  (Sighs and cries insert here)

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Running Shoes Recommended!

Yes the bride and groom and so does the entourage are wearing running shoes!  Cute right!

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What is running without the Finish Line?

I consider this as one of the highlights of the occasion.  The bride and groom ran to the finish line!  Awesome!

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If you are wondering why running is the motif of Eric and Dada’s wedding - it’s because Eric and Dada’s relationship developed while they are joining race events and running together.  In short, running is their common denominator.  By the way, I am the one who introduced running to the bride that is why she sometimes endearingly calls me “coach”. 

The Reception!  It topped all the after-the-run event I attended! 

Of course I’m VIP (winks*).  The venue is decorated with running-related items.  And their videos reflects a lot about running apart from travel.

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The Loot Bag!

Wooot I so love them.  I got a loot bag full of goodies fit for runners, a running-inspired cup cake and for us Ninangs – a beautiful rosary pearl bracelet – aaaw my weakness! I can not ask for more!

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My message,

To the gorgeous bride and the dashing groom Eric and Dada, first off my congratulations for your successful wedding.  The ceremony is touching, heartwarming and fun at the same time.  You were able to combine both the solemnity and fun on this very important occasion of your lives.  The reception is awesome!  The venue and the food are equally great!  Jeez I was so full and feeling sleepy that I need to ask for coffee but it voids its purpose because I sip the cup while munching a plateful of sweet pastries ha ha.  Your entourage are all amazing and that includes me! The host is so funny and witty – thumbs up to his hosting!  The videos are all soo interesting and wow for the “same-date edit” of your wedding vid coverage (May pa-drone pa talaga!).  all in all kudos to both of you and to all the people behind the success of your wedding!

Now, my serious message,

Eric and Dada, your wedding marks the Start Line of your married life but this is one race that we wouldn’t wish for a finish line.  There will be lots of challenges, bumps, sprains and injuries that you will meet and experience along the way but, I am sure you will surpass them all if you will run this race together.  Be the best running buddy to each other. Make sure that as you race and one of you falls along the route, the other one should always be there to help the other one.  Carry him/her or crawl together if you must.  Share each others strength.  Love and trust one another.  Above all, trust the One Great Guy above!  He’s the master of all races.  He’s the only One you two can rely on who will definitely help you tackle all the races that married life will be giving you.  Welcome them with love, strength and prayers,

And of course, know that I will always be around as your friend, running buddy and your Ninang.  As I always say, Run and keep on running.  Now, love and keep on loving!

P.S.
Pssst Dada, I am so in love with your gown that  I am now insanely thinking to borrow it but the problem is “how and why” - for all the reasons for both questions (gulo ko)!

I hope that you two have already forgiven me by now about the Christmas card.  Sssssh…

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The best thing to hold onto in life is each other 
~Audrey Hepburn~

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