In every sports-loving family, there is a “tito” that the younger ones like to hang-out with to watch games and talk about sports. If the entire Philippines was one family, this “tito” would be none other than Mico Halili, the new main anchor of ABS-CBN S+A’s flagship program “The Score.”
This month, “Tito Mico” and his sports squad of current and legendary athletes introduced to viewers the new format of the show, which from being every Filipino sports fan’s night time viewing habit, is now a 24/7 hub for discussions on TV and on social media about the hottest news and issues in sports.
Get to know more about the veteran sports anchor and analyst and find out why he’s the Filipino sports community’s beloved tito.
1.) He’s from the ’90s!
He may be “The Score’s” new anchor but Mico has been a longtime Kapamilya. He started as a sports reporter in SKY News and the Sarimanok News Network (now known as the ABS-CBN News Channel) in the great ol’ decade of the ’90s. He was coaxed by who he considers his mentor, Sev Sarmenta, to get into the sports industry as he would always link to sports his school projects. His first big break as an anchor was when he was tapped to be a commentator for the pioneering and well-loved Metropolitan Basketball Association. He has then called games for the biggest leagues, including UAAP, NCAA, and the PBA, where he was sports anchor for more than a decade, endearing himself to the country’s most hardcore basketball fans and also the legends of the game.
2.) He’s got an all-around game!
While providing play-by-play commentary live is challenging enough, Mico has proven to be a different breed in that he can also write about sports, and even served as the editor-in-chief of SLAM Magazine Philippines, the local version of the globally popular US-based sports magazine. As the current digital head of ABS-CBN Sports, he now gets to showcase his vision and leadership as he sets the digital strategy for the sports organization.
3.) He cannot live without Twitter!
What a game this game 😮
— Mico Halili (@micohalili) October 7, 2018
Everyone’s favorite sports tito cannot imagine sports without social media. “It’s the sharing of feelings, emotion. When you see something spectacular, you have to tweet about it altogether. We’ll find GIFs, emojis, and that for me is the magic of social media and sports,” he once said. With a huge following on social media, Mico loves to connect and interact with his followers and fans, oftentimes in his #AskTitoMico sessions on Twitter and his Instagram stories, which are absolute fire! Even nine-time champion pro baller Joe Devance only has love for Tito Mico’s IG stories. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram (@micohalili).
4.) He doesn’t mind being everyone’s “Tito”
While others do not like being Tito-zoned, Mico embraces his role as an elder and mentor to other members of the local sports community, especially the players and the new crop of sports analysts like Bea Daez (UAAP) and Danica Jose (NCAA). It is what makes Mico Halili one of the more endearing sports figures in the country. That…and also for having his “minions squad” of basketball players like former Ateneo Blue Eagles Jai Reyes and Emman Monfort and now current La Salle Green Archer Aljun Melecio and UST Growling Tiger Renzo Subido, who play bigger than their listed height, just like their Tito Mico.
5.) He lives and breathes sports
His love of sports came from basketball, which he calls his first love. He started watching as a kid and immediately felt a connection to the game, which got even stronger after entering a school that’s rich with basketball history. Despite having a full plate with his day job as digital head for ABS-CBN Sports, he remains committed to anchoring The Score and covering UAAP and NCAA games. That’s his way of staying connected to the PH sports community. As the fans say, it’s #FLOTG: For Love of The Game.”
To see more of Mico Halili in his element, catch the daily episodes of S+A’s flagship program, “The Score” every 1 pm on the ABS-CBN Sports YouTube channel and on primetime at 6 pm on S+A and S+A HD with his sports squad consisting of Gretchen Ho, Michele Gumabao, Allan Caidic, Eric Menk, Jimmy Alapag, s Beau Belga, Joe Devance, Chris Newsome, LA Tenorio, Vince Velasco, and Victor Anastacio.