Clean Slate – Milo shoes
MONDAY, 06 SEPTEMBER 2010 00:00
by Moses Billacura
Congratulations to most valuable players Daryl Manliguez, Jethro Taculin, Francis Escandor, Raf Presbitero and the rest of the Ateneo de Davao Grade School team members for ruling the 2010 Royal Mandaya Hotel Mini Basketball Tournament. Raf Presbi just presented his proud dad, Dr.Bong Presbitero, the best birthday gift, a mini basketball crown.
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The old San Pedro street could not accommodate the number of registered runners, forcing organizers to move to a bigger start-and-finish venue—the spacious Roxas Avenue—where the more than 13,600 Davao runners answered the starting gun last August 29 and, for the record, the Davao City eliminations of the 34th National Milo Marathon was 1,600 more compared to last year’s race.
Fathers, mothers, daughters, sons, students, executives, practically from all walks of life came to participate or watch the biggest gathering of lungbusters here ever.
What made even made the event more attractive was the participation of Jho-ann Banayag, the women’s marathon gold medalist in the 2009 Southeast Asian Games in Laos and two-time Milo Marathon national champion.
It was no surprise that the native of Compostela Valley Province and So Kim Cheng Sports awardee, who donned the University of Mindanao varsity colors before being recruited by the Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association (Patafa) as a national runner, won the 21-kilometer event. As expected.
Banayag has become an inspiration to the Davao Region marathoners, especially collegiate runners who one day dream also becoming members of the national team and, hopefully, medalists in international competitions.
Many of our outstanding runners enroll in universities and colleges to avail of sports scholarships, get a chance to show their wares in the National CHED Games, National University Games or National PRISAA Championships.
Of course, our sports directors like Joaquin “Boy” Sarabia of UM and Abraham “Abe” Verdeprado of Holy Cross of Davao College fully understand that when their wards are recruited for the national team, they will be released.
That’s the school’s greatest contribution to the Patafa and to the country.
But the biggest attraction, aside from Banayag and the sea of people that flooded Roxas Avenue, was Milo’s donation of 280 pairs of shoes to underprivileged children.
After consultations with Davao race organizers, Milo executives, led by the amiable Pat Goc-ong, awarded the 280 pairs to students of the KapitanTomas Monteverde Sr. Elementary School.
For years, the Monteverde kids have been participating in all Milo races here, even registering the most number of runners.
That’s no surprise because the kids always loved to run, even barefooted, at the old PTA track oval, now the popular People’s Park, one of Davao City’s newest tourist spots.
For sure, the happy kids will take care of their new Milo shoes and next year, if their feet don’t grow too fast, they will for sure wear them again.
Davao race organizer Kenneth Sai was among those touched by Milo’s kind gesture to the kids. The shoes made the 280 kids happy and their parents happier.
Long live Milo!
[Milo shoes photo courtesy of Edlas Photography]
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Happy birthday to Atty. Randy F. Babao of the National Police Commission.
Also belated birthday greetings to Edge Davao-The Business Paper’s editorial consultant, Ram Maxey, who turned an amazing 88 last August 12. He plans to make a sentimental journey to Surigao del Norte next month to revisit the places where his unit fought the Japanese in WWII. He was a member of the Combat Co., Hq. Bn., 114th Inf. Regiment (Col. Paul Marshall), 110th Div., 10th Military District, Agusan-Surigao sector (Col. Wendell Fertig) United States Forces in the Phils. (USFIP), specifically as part of a 60mm mortar squad.