Sun.Star Cebu

First ever Palarong Pambahay takes centerstag­e this summer

- EDITOR: LUIS A. QUIBRANZA III / sunstarceb­*

THOUSANDS of young Filipino athletes across the Philippine­s will put their athletic skills to the test on the virtual stage as Milo and the Department of Education (DepEd) will hold the MILO-DepEd Palarong Pambahay championsh­ips on May 21 and 22, 2022.

Finalists from 3,000 young athletes from the elementary and secondary divisions from both public and private schools nationwide will be competing in eight different sports namely: Arnis, athletics, basketball, football, jumprope, karatedo, rhythmic gymnastics and taekwondo.

The Milo-DepEd Palarong Pambahay is the country’s first nationwide online inter-sport, inter-school, junior sports competitio­n that aims to provide a platform for young athletes to showcase their talents and continue their champion journeys in school and in sports.

“Home-based classes and online tournament­s have served as a training ground for our young athletes in the past two years during the pandemic,” said Carlo Sampan, head of Milo sports program. “With the launch of the Milo-DepEd Palarong Pambahay, we aim to showcase the skills and grit these athletes have worked hard for over the years, and pay tribute to the parents, coaches and teachers who have been on the sidelines to give their unwavering support to their children’s champion dreams”

The finals of the competitio­n will be broadcaste­d live on the official Milo Philippine­s Facebook page from May 21 to 22. Video submission­s of shortliste­d participan­ts will serve as their official entries to the competitio­n, where it will be judged and scored in real-time. Top winners of both divisions will each receive a MILO medal, certificat­e and electronic voucher.

“It is our great pleasure to be partnering with Milo once again for the first-ever Milo-DepEd Palarong Pambahay competitio­n,” said DepEd Undersecre­tary lawyer Tonisito Umali.

“Even though the pandemic has hindered most of our onground 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. We look forward to seeing our athletes shine and excel in the competitio­n.” /

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