The Philippine Skating Union (PHSU) in partnership with SM Skating spread holiday cheer with Carols On Ice at SM Skating Mall of Asia.
The star-studded event raised funds to support skating in the country and foster a deeper appreciation for ice skating by creating an avenue for young athletes to contribute to the sport’s growth and development.
With more than 500 spectators, the Carols On Ice is a unique experience of showcasing Philippine talent in figure skating, short track speed skating, and ice hockey while dining on ice.
Distinguished guests who showed their support to the Philippine skaters were Hans T. Sy and family – Chairman of the SM Group and Philippine Skating Union, Nikki Cheng – President Philippine Skating Union, Richard Bachmann – Chairman Philippine Sports Commission, Olivia “Bong” Coo – Commissioner Philippine Sports Commission, Steve Hontiveros – Chairman Philippine Olympic Committee, Carl Sambrano – Deputy Secretary General Philippine Olympic Committee, Vicente Sotto – Former Senate President of the Philippines, Faustino Michael Dy – Congressman and Chairman for Youth and Sports Development, Freddie Webb – Former Senator and Philippine Olympic Team Basketball player, Pinky Webb – CNN News Anchor, Albino Limketkai – COO Limketkai Sons Inc., Jun Camcam – CEO Remax Realty, Angelica Jones Alarva – Board member 3rd district of Laguna and SM Supermalls executives.
“The level of support from the audiences for both our National Championships and Carols on Ice was incredible. The overwhelming attendance reflects the progress we’re making in raising awareness for the sport. While we acknowledge there’s more work ahead, the seeds we’ve planted are gradually blossoming. We thank each and every one that came to these events. Their presence means so much to us and our skaters, said Philippine Skating Union President Nikki Cheng.
Guests were wowed by the world-class, artistic dance numbers of various Philippine National skating athletes performing to the timeless songs from the 1950s up to contemporary musical compositions of the 2020s.
Performances were those from two-time Winter Olympian Michael Martinez, the first SEA & Philippine Pair to compete in the World Championships of Figure Skating Isabella Gamez and Alexander Korovin, 2022 National Champion and Junior Worlds figure skater Sofia Frank, GMA Sparkle Artist and 2022 National Medalist Charmaine Skye Chua, and back-to-back National Junior medalist, Cathryn Limketkai.
The event was choreographed and guested by visiting international coach & 3x Canadian National medalist, Anthony Cheng.
PHSU thanks the sponsors and supporters which include SM Supermalls, Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Olympic Committee, Milo, Nestle Cereals, Project Fit, Nanonix Philippines and The Moment Group.