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MICHAEL CHRISTIAN MARTINEZ AND ANNE LINE GZERSEM: FIGURE SKATING PAIR IN 2018 WINTER OLYMPICS?

imageSochi, Russia – In 2018, he will be 21; she will be 24.  He is Michael Christian Martinez, lone Filipino athlete in the Sochi Winter Olympics, and the first Filipino and Southeast Asian to compete in Olympic figure skating.  She is Anne Line Gzersem, first Olympic figure skater for Norway in 50 years; half Filipina.  Both made their Olympic debut with impressive performances, qualifying them for the free skate finals. No one expected them to medal in Sochi, but all eyes are set for Pyeongchang, South Korea in 2018.

During his short program, Martinez skated to the music of ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ But obviously something, or someone, was missing.  There was no Juliet.  But maybe there will be in 2018.

The Adobo Chronicles learned from very reliable sources that the Martinez and Gzersem camps are engaged in serious negotiations to have the skaters compete as a pair in 2018. Their respective coaches saw a synergy of technical skill, ice presence and vibrant youth that would make their proteges a skating pair to contend with at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. But one big question — and perhaps the only question – remains: which country will the pair represent?  The Philippines? Norway? image13.jpg

The Philippine camp argues that since both skaters have a Filipino connection, they should represent the Philippines.  The Norway camp, on the other hand, says that the skaters will have a better chance representing the Scandinavian country because of its history and record with the Winter Olympics and a wealth of trainers and winter training facilities compared to the tropical Philippines.

Stay tuned!

AQUINO ADMINISTRATION ON OLYMPIAN MICHAEL MARTINEZ’S REQUEST FOR FINANCIAL HELP: ‘WE DO NOT OPEN SPAM’

imageManila, Philippines  – The administration of Philippine President NoyNoy Aquino continues to go on the defensive as more and more people have criticized the government’s zero financial support for Filipino figure skater Michael Christian Martinez. The lone Filipino athlete in the Sochi Winter Olympics made an impressive Olympic debut last week, finishing 19th out of 24 skaters. He is the first Filipino and Southeast Asian to qualify for the Olympic figure skating competition.

Martinez’s mother said that she had sent Malacañang, the Philippine Presidential Palace, a request for help to finance her son’s participation in the Olympics but never received a response. image13.jpg

Today, presidential spokesperson Herminio Coloma said that the request “may have come into Malacañang as ‘spam,’  and that per our policy, we do not open spams. We receive hundreds and hundreds of  requests, gifts and what have you, including imported cans of SPAM, but for security reasons we never open canned goods or other wrapped gifts.”

AQUINO ADMINISTRATION’S CONFESSION: PHILIPPINE OLYMPIAN MICHAEL CHRISTIAN MARTINEZ RECEIVED ZERO, NADA, ZILCH FROM US.

Photo Credit: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters
Photo Credit: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Manila, Philippines –  Presidential spokesperson Herminio Coloma on Sunday said that the allocation of the national budget was what prevented the Philippine government from providing funds for figure skater Michael Christian Martinez who represented the country in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Martinez was the lone Filipino athlete in Sochi and the first Filipino and Southeast Asian to compete in figure skating.  He finished 19th in a field of 24 in the men’s skating finals. Many believe he will be a medal contender in 2018.

Secretary  Coloma of the Presidential Communication Operations Office said in a radio interview that the priority of the government is to improve the livelihoods of the marginalized members of the society. He said these include, but not limited to “senators, congressmen, governors, mayors, their families and cronies, as well as big landowners like the President’s family.” He added that what was left of the budget allocated to athletics is for sports, which President Benigno Aquino III believes Filipinos have the “competitive edge.” Asked to name which sports the President considered competitive edge, Coloma said, “Gambling, cockfighting and mahjong.”

In the meantime, after inspiring a nation and earning the world’s attention, Michael Christian Martinez is set to receive a $10,000 bonus from business tycoon and sports patron Manny V. Pangilinan through his MVP Sports Foundation.

Coloma said, “we are a nation of laws and every citizen needs to contribute to the prosperity of our country.” Pressed by reporters on what he meant by this comment, Coloma responded, “Michael Martinez must pay taxes on the $10,000 bonus he received.