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Milo to push for more online chess clinics

MILO Philippines will organize more online chess competitions as part of its inter-active program to keep the youth busy during the coronavirus pandemic.

Nestle Philippines Assistant Vice President Lester P. Castillo said Milo is close to finalizing an agreement with Milo Checkmate founder Mila Emperado to again organize a series of online chess tournaments aimed at encouraging the youth to get into sports and play chess.

“Chess is always a part of our Milo sports program, along with basketball, gymnastics and taekwondo,” said Castillo in last Thursday’s 5th “Usapang Sports on Air” by the Tabloids Organization in Philippine Sports (TOPS) via Zoom.

Castillo said Emperado, one of the country’s top female players in the 90s, is now laying the groundwork for the holding of online chess activities for the youth under the highly-successful Milo Checkmate clinic.

“We will soon announce our Milo online chess activities. It is very timely since we encourage our children to stay home and stay safe during this pandemic,” added Castillo.

“Si Mila Emperado pa din ang ka-partner natin dyan at inihahanda na namin yun mga Milo online chess clinics and competitions para masimulan na agad.

On the Milo Little Olympics, Castillo assured everybody it will be held as soon as the Department of Health and other government agencies will allow it.

“Once the government allows it, tuloy yun Milo Little Olympics, which is usually scheduled on August or September,” Castillo told officers and members during the two-hour session of TOPS.

“We all know yun mga bata nawalan ng arena to showcase their skills in sports because of pandemic. But we really hope to continue it as soon as possible.

The weekly forum is sponsored by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR).