ENERGY drink Milo has partnered with the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) for the 30th staging of the biennial meet from November 30 to December 10.
Milo shares the common goal with the PHISGOC of rallying the nation to support the athletes representing the country.
On Thursday at Conrad Hotel Manila, brand ambassadors Kiefer Ravena, Alyssa Valdez and Pauline Lopez, along with Milo executives Veronica Cruz, vice president Nestle Philippines-Milo, Lester Castillo, assistant vice president of Nestle Philippines-Milo, and PHISGOC officials, they vowed their all-out support for the national athletes.
“Kapag pinakita natin sa mga atleta natin na susuportahan natin sila, sobrang namomotivate ‘yan eh,” said Castillo. “Kung nasa ganoon kataas na level ng competition sila mas lalo silang mamo-motivate [kung susuportahan natin sila].”
Hoping to ignite the Filipinos’ fighting spirit, Milo launched a series of inspiring inspiring videos featuring Valdez and Lopez, who are part of the national women’s volleyball team and taekwondo team, respectively.
Valdez will fly to Japan along with Rhea Dimaculangan, Jia Morado, Ces Molina, Eya Laure, Kalei Mau, Mylene Paat, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Aby Maraño, Majoy Baron, Maddie Madayag, Mika Reyes, Dawn Macandili, and Kath Arado for a training camp next month.
Lopez, on the other hand, will see action in the Taekwondo Grand Prix in Sofia, Bulgaria from October 18 to 20 as part of her preparation for the SEA Games.
“We win as one, hindi lang mga atleta natin ang maglalaro, pati ang mga kapwa natin Pilipino,” said Valdez, who recalled the Filipinos’ support during the second leg of the ASEAN Grand Prix held in Sta. Rosa, Laguna last week.
“We were up against Indonesia, we lost the first and second sets, then we won the third and fourth, but the Filipino community cheered the same intensity all throughout the game,” she added. “Iba ang pakiramdam na may mga tao na sumusuporta, ‘yun pa lang panalo na.”