MILO Philippines and the Philippine Taekwondo Association (PTA) are extending their long-time partnership in sports even during the coronavirus pandemic.
In fact, Milo and PTA have teamed-up to organize inter-active taekwondo seminars and competitions as a way to keep the athletes busy during the lockdown.
“Our partnership with PTA dates back to 1983, so we’re happy to be doing this inter-active sports progam with them again,” said Nestle Philippines-Milo Assistant Vice President Lester P. Castillo in last Thursday’s “Usapang Sports on Air” by the Tabloids Organization in Philippine Sports (TOPS) via Zoom.
“We have prepared instructional sports videos developed with our partner organizations, like the PTA. Now, children can do it at the comforts of their homes,” added Castillo.
PTA coach Igor Mella said the PTA program started several months ago.
“Everybody will be online, so we gave workshops and seminars to our instructors on how to better handle online classes. We have developed methods for our participants to maximize learning,” explained Mella, who attended the weekly sports session together with Castillo and Milo ambassador and taekwondo champion Pauline Lopez.
“I admit na iba yun face-to-face instruction dahil you can give direct corrections sa mga participants. But due to the pandemic, we have developed a system wherein our instructors can communicate the necessary lessons directly to the participants," said Mela.”
“The PTA found out that many of the children respond very well to our online classes. Nakatutuwa nga na pati yung participants namin na masasabing mga hyper-active or makulit sa regular na klase, they suddenly become very focused. Our instructors even confirmed this observation.”
Both Castillo and Mella assured sports fans that they will continue with the program
even after the pandemic.
“Sa PTA, tuloy lang ang online program. Pag balik na tayo sa normal situation, may parallel program na kami. Madami din kasi talaga ang naghahanap ng mga online classes because of paticular situation at home,” explained Mella.
One of the main problems in holding online classes, espceially in far-flung areas, is internet connections.
“Milo and PTA came up with several videos for different levels. We have anticipated na we have areas na mahirap talaga ang internet connection. But we have to find a way and make adjustments,” explained Mella.
Lopez, for her part, lauded both Milo and the PTA for promoting online taekwondo classes and competitions even during the pandemic to keep them active and healthy.
“We’re staying our very best to stay in shape not just with our body but also with our mind through this online program of the Milo and the PTA,” explained Lopez, a gold medalist in taekwondo in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games in Manila.
The weekly sports forum of TOPS is sponsored by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR).