"* In a mass ballot, Andrea Medrano's design received the most votes with 19,895 votes to take first place and win 15,000 soles, followed by 'Wayqi' with 17,274 votes and 10,000 soles. Third place went to 'Amantis', with 7,345 votes and obtained five thousand soles.* In a historical event, 44,514 people from Peru and abroad voted to choose the Mascot, su...
"* In a mass ballot, Andrea Medrano's design received the most votes with 19,895 votes to take first place and win 15,000 soles, followed by 'Wayqi' with 17,274 votes and 10,000 soles. Third place went to 'Amantis', with 7,345 votes and obtained five thousand soles.
* In a historical event, 44,514 people from Peru and abroad voted to choose the Mascot, surpassing the Guadalajara Games in 2015 and the Toronto Games in 2015.
* The winning Mascot was announced at a special ceremony held at the Videna High Performance Center.
In a historical definition, Milco became the Official Mascot of the XVIII Pan American Games and Sixth Parapan American Games to be held in Lima in 2019 with 19,895 votes and will be the star image of the contest that will be held for the first time in our country, exactly in two years when the National Stadium will be inaugurated on July 26th, 2019.
The winning design was chosen in a massive vote in the country and abroad, where 44,514 people expressed their support for the three finalists. These designs had been chosen by a specialized jury and presented on June 16. Three days later, voting began around the world through the website www.mascota.lima2019.pe.
The vote that united the country and many countries abroad, managed to make history and establish a new brand in the Pan American Games. 44,514 thousand votes were cast and surpassed what had been achieved in the Pan American Games held in Guadalajara in 2011 and the Toronto Games in 2015.
'Milco' won in this vote with 19,895 votes, beating 'Wayqi', which was left with 17,274 votes, while 'Amantis' took third place with 7,345 votes. The final vote reached 44,514, adding up votes from both Peru and abroad.
The winning design represents the historical past of our country, specifically the Lima Region. The creator received a prize of 15 thousand soles and the happiness to see their work crowned as the Mascot of these the aforementioned games as well as during and after the games which include the Pan American and Parapan American Games to be held in Lima in 2019.
The second place, Alfredo Vitor Ayala from Ayacucho, won a prize of 10 thousand soles, while Andy Alegre, the creator of 'Amantis', was awarded five thousand soles for his work. These designs were chosen from more than a thousand works that were presented in both virtual and physical forms.
A Special Night
The presentation was made in the middle of a special ceremony that included the participation of the 'Sports Ambassadors' of Lima 2019, some of the TOP athletes that will compete in the Pan American and Parapan American Games, as well as the main sports authorities of the country.
The ceremony was attended by the Second Vice President of the Republic, Mercedes Araoz; the President of the Peruvian Olympic Committee, Pedro del Rosario; the President of the IPD, Óscar Fernández; the Congressmen Leyla Chihuán and Paloma Noceda; the President of the National Paralympic Association of Peru, Luisa Villar; former volleyball player Cecilia Tait; Martin Bustamante, representative of the Mayor of Lima; Julia Barrera, Director of Recreation and Promotion of IPD; Ricardo Duarte, among the main authorities.
The ceremony was enlivened by "Sinfonia por el Peru" (Symphony for Peru), which is an NGO promoted by Juan Diego Flórez.
Carlos Neuhaus, president of the Organizing Committee, was in charge of presenting the winning Mascot, after closing the ballot minutes before the ceremony began at the Videna High Performance Center.
"This Mascot will form part of the history of Peruvian Sports and will be in the eyes of the world. It will be the image for all the competitions of the Pan American Games and Parapan American Games, as well as in the previous events that we will organize in these two remaining years to inaugurate the biggest sporting contest that has developed in Peru. We are happy for the election because they have all participated in a democratic and transparent way, "said the COPAL headline.
Votes were received from around the world
The vote began on June 19th and lasted for over a month. Votes came in from all over Peru as well as from abroad, where the United States became the country with the most support for the finalists. There were 44,514 thousand votes recorded digitally on the website www.mascota.lima2019.pe.
Undoubtedly, the country with the most votes was ours, but votes also came from the United States, Chile, Argentina, Spain, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, Italy, Venezuela, Colombia, France, United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Uruguay, Ecuador, Costa Rica Switzerland, Guatemala, Bolivia, Sweden, Nicaragua, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Belgium, El Salvador, Australia, Dominican Republic, Israel, Netherlands, Panama, Austria, Malaysia, Romania, Paraguay, Congo, Luxembourg, Saudi Arabia, Aruba, Russia, Greece, Honduras and Turkey.
About the Winning Mascot
The winning mascot 'Milco' was designed by 24-year-old Andrea Norka Medrano Moy from Los Olivos district. Her mascot is a clear allusion to the 'Cuchimilco', which is a statuette known to belong to the cultures developed in central part of western Peru, formed by Lima, Chancay and Chincha.
"I took inspiration from one of the 'Cuchimilco' figures because I like what this statue represents in the history of our country. His outstretched arms welcoming. It is said that these statuettes were created to ward off bad energies and that's what we are like Lima, a hospitable city, that will welcome all participants, giving the best vibes in the world, during the games."
"I also chose it because Lima has an incredible historical and cultural past that we are proud of, which is why I wanted to base my design on the 'Cuchimilco'. Red is a color that characterizes us, it's part of our flag, it represents passion. There is no feeling that can describe the effort put forward by an athlete than the passion that he or she feels when playing, competing and above all winning, "said the proud winner of its design.
The other finalist designs
Second place went to Alfredo Vitor Ayala from Ayacucho, who is currently living in Arequipa and was the creator of 'Wayqi'. His artistic work was related to the Gecko of Lima, which is a sweet and agile lizard that has only been seen in the archaeological sites of the capital. 'Wayqi' is a Quechua word meaning brother.
Amantis took third place and was designed by 20-year-old Andy Maverick Alegre Campos. The design was a clear reference to the famous Flower of Amancaes, that grows in the hills of the city of Lima, mainly in the winter time, and is highly identifiable of the competition site.
The Mascot will accompany all activities that take place before, during and after the Lima Games in 2019.