Filipino Olympian trained in the Mall of Asia in the Philippines
Filipino Olympian trained in the Mall of Asia in the Philippines

Manila, Philippines – With the historic debut of a Filipino figure skater at the Sochi Winter Olympics, a big change is coming to the Senate of the Philippines. Not to its do-nothing occupants, but to the basement of its building.

Inspired by today’s awesome performance by the Philippines’ lone representative to the Winter Olympics, the Senate of the Philippines today passed a bi-partisan resolution that would convert the basement of the  Senate building into an Olympic-sized skating rink.

Michael Christian Martinez skated his way to the finals in today’s men’s short program, to the delight of the Filipino senators. Martinez is the first Filipino and first in all of Southeast Asia to earn a spot in the Winter Olympics figure skating competition.  He had trained in the SM Mall of Asia and another indoor skating rink in Metro Manila.

The Philippine Senate Building
The Philippine Senate Building

Focusing their sight on the 2018 Winter Olympics in Korea, the honorable senators were in agreement that the Philippines needed more training venues not just for Martinez but other upcoming and potential Filipino Olympic figure skaters.

Philippine President NoyNoy Aquino is reportedly also considering converting Malacañang Palace, the official presidential residence, into the Aquino Skating Palace, patterned after the Iceberg Skating Palace in Sochi, Russia.

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