SM Malls to hold parade for Michael Christian Martinez when he returns to PH on February 23

He deserves the fanfare.

Doris Dumlao of the Philippine Daily Inquirer reports that the SM group is set to honor Filipino skater Michael Christian Martinez is set to honor Filipino figure skater Michael Christian Martinez with a parade when he comes home from Russia after his spectacular debut in the Winter Olympics.


The report noted that the parade, which will be held at the SM Mall of Asia on February 23 at 4 p.m., is the company's way of showing their pride for the first Winter Olympian it helped hone. Martinez said in interviews that he first took an interest to figure skating when he saw mall-goers skating at a rink inside an SM Southmall in Las Piñas. He also began his ice skating lessons there before flying to the United States for more intensive training.


Aside from holding a parade, the SM group said it is also preparing "surprise gifts" to hand over to Martinez upon his return.  The afternoon festivities will be capped off with an awarding ceremony inside the mall.

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