Manila, Philippines, 01 December 2016 – The National MILO Marathon is set to mark its 40 th year
milestone as it holds its National Finals in the city of Iloilo on Sunday, December 4. The reigning
MILO Marathon King and Queen, two-time MILO Marathon King Rafael Poliquit and three-time MILO
Marathon Queen and 2016 Olympian Mary Joy Tabal, are both raring to go head-to- head with their
fierce rivals to defend their crowns in the final race of the season.
The city of Iloilo was selected to be the official venue of this year’s National Finals to provide better
proximity to aspiring runners from the South, and enrich the experience of everyone with scenic
routes, spacious thoroughfares and thrilling challenges that await the runners. The race, which
expects to see 20,000 runners, will be held in the Iloilo Convention Center. Mayor of Ilolilo City Jed
Mabilog affirms the city’s full preparations and support for the National MILO Marathon Finals. ”We
are all very excited to be hosting the most prestigious and longest running footrace in the country,”
“We are honored to be part of the historic culminating event of the National MILO
Marathon’s 40 th anniversary. We hope all our runners will enjoy the race experience we have
prepared for them.”
Andrew Neri, MILO Sports Marketing Manager, shares his enthusiasm for the grand event and
expresses gratitude to all who have made the season’s success possible. “We are very thankful to
all our friends from the local government, our partners, sponsors, volunteers, and everyone else who
have contributed greatly to this finale,” says Neri. “As we celebrate our 40th anniversary, we hope to
continue to energize champions and inspire millions more through our runners who have become
our agents of motivation that energized Filipinos to be at their best in their respective endeavors. We
hope to continue this cycle in the future seasons and see more champions who have embodied
values such as resilience, grit, and discipline, which have made them winners in sports and in life.”
The National MILO Marathon is not only a breeding ground for local talents but also a program that
empowers children nationwide. For the past 6 years, the National MILO Marathon’s Help Give Shoes
advocacy, in partnership with the Department of Education, has inspired 60,000 aspiring athletes to
fulfill their dreams by donating brand new pairs of running shoes. This year, the Help Give Shoes
advocacy will be donating 10,000 pairs to underprivileged school children.
The 40 th National MILO Marathon is made possible by the Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine
Olympic Committee, Department of Education and the Philippine Athletics Track and Field
Association, and is supported by Asics, Salonpas, TIMEX, 2XU, Endurance, Hisense, Maynilad and PhilamLife.
For more information on MILO Philippines, log on to the official website (http://www.milo.com.ph) or
the MILO Philippines Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/milo.ph). Follow MILO on Twitter
(@MiloPH) and Instagram (@MiloPhilippines).
The MILO brand is the world’s leading chocolate malt beverage that can be prepared with hot or cold milk or water. MILO also
promotes participation in sports through its Summer Sports Clinics, MILO-B.E.S.T. Center Training Program, MILO Marathon, and
MILO Little Olympics. The leading beverage brand believes that these contribute to the holistic development of Filipino champions in
sports and in life.
About the National MILO Marathon
The National MILO Marathon is an annual marathon event open to amateur and professional runners. From its humble beginnings
in 1974 as a single marathon race in Metro Manila attended by 747 participants, the National MILO Marathon has grown to be the
biggest, longest, grandest national running event in the country attracting more than hundreds of thousands of runners across the
The National MILO Marathon has grown into a globally renowned running event having been certified by the Association of
International Marathons (AIMS) and International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), and hosts foreign marathoners from
Kenya, Ethiopia, and other countries across the world. The race is organized by RunRio, Inc.
About Nestle Philippines
Over a hundred years after it first started operations in the country, Nestle Philippines, Inc. (NPI) today is a robust and stable
organization, proud of its role in bringing the best food and beverage throughout the stages of the Filipino consumers’ lives. The
Company employs nearly 4,000 men and women nationwide, and is now among the country’s Top 8 Corporations. Driven by its
mission to nurture generations of Filipino families, Nestle today produces and markets products under some of the country’s well-
known brands such as NESCAFE, NIDO, MILO, NESTEA, MAGGI, BEAR BRAND, NESTLE and Purina, among others. Its product
range has expanded to include coffee, milk, beverages, non-dairy creamer, food, infant nutrition, ice cream and chilled dairy,
breakfast cereals, confectionery and pet care.