Manila, Philippines, 14 November 2018 – MILO welcomed the return of the 10 young athletes who took part in a once-in-a-lifetime, world-class, football training in Barcelona, Spain. As part of MILO and FC Barcelona’s (FCB) joint initiative, the MILO-FCB Road to Barcelona, the team completed a prestigious program where they trained, learned, and played football in a global camp held at the FCB Youth Academy from November 4 to 12.

The children that made up the MILO Philippine team are: Lien Dale D. Manuel (Vicente Lim Elementary School), Alexander David C. Villarosa (University of San Jose-Recoletos), Breindel O. Medina (Ateneo De Davao Junior High School), Heaven Andrei N. Teodosio (Ilaya Barangka Integrated School of Mandaluyong City), Tristan Ybanez (Sacred Heart School Ateneo De Cebu), Juan Pablo S. Unlay (Ateneo De Manila), Dylan Theodore O. Wong (Keys School Manila), Carlo Antonio D. Bongocan (Rosevale School), Jelena Loren I. Soon (Singapore School Cebu), and Daniel Isaac N. Cagaanan (Koronadal Central Elementary School I). Each athlete was carefully selected by an expert panel composed of executives and coaches from MILO, the Cebu Football Association, and FCB Youth Academy in Cebu last September.

“We are delighted to fulfill the dreams of these 10 talented football players who have not only shown us the right skills but also embody the values that MILO and FCB espouse, namely humility, effort, ambition, respect, and teamwork,” said Robbie De Vera, Consumer Marketing Manager, MILO Philippines. “Seeing their faces light up with excitement from the moment they stepped foot in Camp Nou, to their interactions with coaches and fellow players from around the world has been a great honor to witness. We are happy to be a part of the journey that will hopefully inspire these kids and others to pursue their passions.”

The junior booters were immersed in a series of training sessions with FC Barcelona Youth Academy’s esteemed football coaches, both on the pitch at Ciutat Esportivo, the home of La Masia, FCB’s youth academy, and in the classroom at Camp Nou, together with delegates from Chile, Colombia, Jamaica, Malaysia, Maldives, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela.

The training sessions are based on the Barça methodology that includes a creative passing and attacking brand of football while underscoring the importance of positive values. The young footballers got to apply their learnings in a friendly match with the young players of Fundacion Marcet Football Academy.

The ultimate experience for these young athletes was their exclusive training with former Brazil and Barça player and legend, Juliano Belletti, as well as seeing their FC Barcelona idols in the flesh when they played versus Betis in a La Liga match.