Champions need motivation

DepEd and Milo celebrate kids’ success in sports with the debut of Palarong Pambahay virtual sports competition

Nutritious beverage brand Milo Philippines and the Department of Education (DepEd) celebrated the recent success of its inaugural Palarong Pambahay. The joint effort was the first-of-its-kind inter-sport, inter-school virtual competition held on a nationwide scale. The two-day live broadcast saw more than 700 participating schools and featured over 2,000 aspiring student-athletes who showcased their skills and competed with pride for their schools in front of over 1.5 million online viewers.

“It is our great pleasure to partner with Milo Philippines for the first-ever Palarong Pambahay competition. Even though the pandemic has hindered most of our on-ground activities, our organization, as well as coaches, teachers, and parents, have worked tremendously hard to make this event a reality. This is quite a milestone and integral proof that nothing can stop the Filipino champion spirit and our winning culture of bayanihan,” said DepEd undersecretary Tonisito M.C. Umali, Esq.

This groundbreaking online sports event opened doors for young athletes who showed their determination as they trained and competed from their homes, as well as their parent coaches who helped guide them along the way to overcome the many challenges of staying indoors.

“Nakita natin ang pagpupursige ng mga atleta at mga magulang na sumali sa Palarong Pambahay, dahil hindi nila hinayaang maging hadlang ang pandemya (We saw how the athletes and their parents persevered to join Palarong Pambahay. They didn’t let the pandemic get in the way),” said Carlo Sampan, Milo sports executive.

The Palarong Pambahay is just the latest of many creative and innovative programs now available designed to provide kids with an outlet to stay physically active and teach them the important values learned from sports, such as discipline, respect, and determination.

‘This is quite a milestone and integral proof that nothing can stop the Filipino champion spirit and our winning culture of bayanihan.’

“Taekwondo helps me build my self-confidence so that I can attain success through hard work and determination,” said Justin Apura who hails from the University of San Agustin, Iloilo. Apura won gold in Taekwondo and has been competing in local and international competitions since he was six years old.

Jennie Villanueva, whose son Marvi Marcelo competed in Athletics, also said, “Andun yung pag-strive niya na gawin niya yung best niya sa isang bagay para kahit hindi siya manalo, alam niyang nagawa niya yung best niya.”

Faced with a new reality and challenges, the health drink brand and DepEd have proven to parents across the country that there are opportunities to adapt and continue their child’s champion journey at home. As schools and sports venues start to open up again, Milo Philippines welcomes back kids in the upcomingSummer Sports Clinics.