By Ivan Stewart Saldajeno
MANILA – Milo Philippines has formalized a partnership with Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) to become a gold sponsor for the upcoming SEA Games from Nov. 30-Dec. 11.
Nestle Philippines’ vice president Veronica Cruz, assistant vice president Lester Castillo, Phisgoc chairman Alan Cayetano, chief operating officer Tats Suzara, Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Bambol Tolentino, and Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) commissioner Mon Fernandez were in attendance during the gathering that sealed the sponsorship on Thursday at the Conrad Hotel in Pasay City.
Current national athletes Alyssa Valdez, Pauline Lopez, and former national athlete Kiefer Ravena also graced the event.
“As a long-time supporter of Philippine sports, it is with great honor and privilege that MILO comes in as a gold partner for the historic 30th SEA Games,” said Cruz.
“We want to help energize the country to cheer them on and let them know that we are all with them in defending our homecourt, win or lose,” she added.
Castillo, for his part, said, “It is this very reason why MILO remains committed to grassroots sports development together with the PSC, the POC, and other partners.”
The PSC thanked MILO for its valuable contributions to promote sports development and values formation at the grassroots level nationwide.
“MILO has long made valuable contributions to the Filipino sporting community. We are happy to declare our partnership with MILO to strengthen our international foothold in sports,” PSC chairman William Ramirez said in a statement.
Ramirez, also Chef De Mission of the Philippine Team to the biennial meet, assured that the athletes will bring out their best in the competitions.
“Heart and dedication will be front and center from our Team Pilipinas delegation,” he said.
MILO will be present in various SEA Games fan zones to give out free drinks to the fans during the sports activities.
An estimated 9,840 athletes and team officials will compete in 529 events from 56 sports to be held in different venues in Metro Manila, Subic in Pampanga, and New Clark City Sports Complex in Tarlac. (PNA)