All Eyes on Homegrown Talent Michael Martinez

Philippine bet and figure skater Michael Martinez, who started skating at SM’s ice skating rinks at age 8, is the country’s flag bearer for the Winter Olympic Games in Russia.
The Philippine Skating Union delegation to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games at Sochi, Russia: From left to right: Michael Christian Martinez (Figure Skater); Ms. Gina Calaguas (Philippine Olympic Committee Representative); Mr. Manuel V. Veguillas (President, Philippine Skating Union); Mr. Victor Kudryavtsev (PhSU Figure Skating Coach)
Philippines’ Winter Games Bet Michael Christian Martinez (right) with Philippine Skating Union President Manuel Veguillas

(12 February 2014, Pasay City, Philippines.)  All eyes will be on Philippine flag bearer and figure skater Michael Martinez on February 13, 2014, when he starts competing in the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. 

During his formative years as a figure skater, Martinez frequented SM Southmall in Las Pinas and much later on SM Mall of Asia for figure skating competitions. 

Despite his youth and frequent asthma attacks, Michael ranks 30th among the best senior-level figure skaters in the world as of February 2014, demonstrating that nothing is impossible, even in a tropical country like the Philippines which has never seen winter. Martinez clinched 7th place at the 2013 Nebelhorn Trophy in Germany which qualified him for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Through the years, SM and the Philippine Skating Union have conducted several figure skating competitions that have given birth to international champions such as Martinez.  The excellence demonstrated by skaters, especially during competitions is a mark of quality that the SM Ice Skating Rink can provide with its world-class venue and facilities. 

Property conglomerate SM Prime Holdings, Inc. operates ice skating rinks at the SM Megamall Building D in Mandaluyong, SM Mall of Asia in Pasay, SM Southmall in Las Pinas, and SM Clark in Pampanga.

For further information, please contact:

Ms. Corazon P. Guidote
Senior Vice President for Investor Relations
SM Investments Corporation
Tel. No. 857-0117

Mr. Raymund Retumban
Operations Manager
SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc. 

Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Source: SMIC Investor Relations