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MVP Olympics 2016: The Battle of the Best



For the sixth edition of the MVP Olympics, the 11 giants of the MVP Group of Companies battled it out in on the field, putting to test their strength, stamina and wits in the biggest sports fest of the year. Hosted by First Pacific Leadership Academy at Meralco, Ortigas, last February 13 to 21 , the MVP Olympics brought together 22 teams in a fun exercise of healthy competition.

The first MVP Olympics was held in 2009, with the aim to promote sportsmanship, wellness, discipline, teamwork, leadership, camaraderie, and passion for excellence.  And from a small gathering of athletes in 2009, this year, over 2,500 employees participated in the week-long MVP Olympics.

On February 26, at the Meralco TSB Grounds, Derek Ramsay and Jasmine Curtis kicked off the week-long sportsfest with the CEOs of the MVP Group of Companies. The heads of companies joined the symbolic torch lighting, as the teams were introduced through a parade.

This year’s participating teams included groups from Smart-Sun, PLDT, SPI Global, Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC), Metro Pacific Hospital Group, Meralco, Maynila, Media Quest, Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC), ePLDT, and the Philex Mining Corporation.

Bringing to life the theme, “Isang Puso sa Isip, Diwa at Gawa”, each of the games and athletic challenges were specifically included to help bring out the best in each player and strengthen the bonds between teams.

The teams competed in 18 major sports events, 5 talent competitions, and several parlor games just for fun, and included sports/games like basketball, golf, badminton, track and field, volleyball and bowling, among others. The array of challenges pushed the participants to their physical limits.

The talent-based competitions, on the other hand, which included a battle of the bands, street dance, and beauty pageant (Bb. MVP Olympics), had participants showcasing their hidden artistic talents. To add some light fun to the competition, parlor games such as the egg toss, group sack race, group jump rope and wooden ski race were included.

After a hectic week, the winners were officially declared on March 5, and were given due recognition at the Awards Night.  Roy Agustin K. Evalle (CEO and General Manager of the First Pacific Leader Academey), Al Panilio (President of MVP Sports Foundation / Senior Vice President for Customer Retail Services and Corporate Communications of Meralco), and Manuel V. Pangilinan (CEO and Chairman of MVP Group of Companies) congratulated all the winners and lauded the efforts of each participant to make the sportsfest a certified success.

 

In the final tally, the PLDT group won a total 28 gold, 13 silver and 8 bronze medals. This is their second championship win after dominating the previous MVP Olympics in 2014. In second place was Maynilad, with 13 gold, 13 silver and 12 bronze medals. And finishing off in an equally impressive third place is Meralco with 6 gold, 17 silver and 14 bronze medals.