Shortly after arriving from Sochi Russia, Winter Olympian Michael Martinez received A Hero’s Welcome last night at the SM Mall of Asia. At the event, the figure skater was awarded lifetime privileges at all SM Skating Rink facilities. He was also awarded a check for $10,000. Everyone at the event, including the public who were lucky to be at MOA while the proceedings took place were in full support of Martinez.
From where I’m seated, I can feel how overwhelmed Michael Martinez is with all the support he has received, especially when some of the mall goers shouts his name. Indeed, it’s instant fame but the humble 17-year old boy pointed out in his speech that what he has done is no different from the other Filipino Olympians who did their best in the previous Olympic games. Indeed, the other athletes also deserve such a welcome. Here’s a short video of his speech at the event:
Michael Martinez will have a meet and greet schedule at the SM Southmall Ice Skating Rink on February 24 at 4-5PM, SM Mall of Asia Ice Skating Rink on February 25 at 12-1PM and at Megamall’s Mega Fashion Hall Skating Rink on February 25 at 4-5PM. This is the chance to see him in person as he readies himself for another competition in March.