Young and young at heart enjoy ‘Legolympics’

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Adults category champion, 26-year-old Celis Anthony Manalo

Adults category champion, 26-year-old Celis Anthony Manalo

Over 30 Lego experts and enthusiasts gathered together to create, build, and have fun at the recent “Legolympics” Grand Finals at SM Southmall.

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Participants in the first Lego building competition in the Philippines drew inspiration from the Danish phrase leg godt (play well), where Lego founder Ole Kirk Christiansen got the name of this successful toy company.

And they indeed played well, with lots of creativity and quick thinking as they built their masterpieces one brick at a time. The Legolympics had three categories: Kids (4-12 years old), Teens (13 to 17 years old), and Adults (18 and up).

Each participant was given 100 Lego bricks, as well as a time limit of twenty minutes to build LEGO creations based on themes assigned to their categories. Criteria for judging consisted of creativity, stability and closeness to reality.

Eleven-year-old Carlos Vincent Taiño got the judges nod in the Kids category for his LEGO gift box creation; while Clive Willis Estrella and Matthew Gabriel Reyes were awarded as first runner up and second runner up respectively.

Master Lego builder Cris Atienza, whose creations include a giant anime mosaic using 15,000 Lego bricks for a comic convention, serves as judge

Master Lego builder Cris Atienza, whose creations include a giant anime mosaic using 15,000 Lego bricks for a comic convention, serves as judge

Teens built their very own Santa Claus with 17-year-old Patrick Rodriguez awarded first place; while Chi Marcelo came in second, and July Juan Baranda in third place.

Adults category champion, 26-year-old Celis Anthony Manalo bested eleven other finalists with his adorable LEGO Christmas elf creation. Chad Yaoyao and Angel Jacob Villanueva received 1st runner up and 2nd runner up honors.

Grand Prize winners received P10,000 in cash, SM gift certificates and Lego loot bags/toys. Second Prize winners, on the other hand, were awarded P5,000 in cash, SM gift certificates and LEGO loot bags/toys; while Third Prize winners received P3,000 in cash, SM gift certificates and LEGO loot bags/toys.

The Legolympics Grand Finals is one of the many exciting events at SM Southmall.

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