Wednesday, September 26, 2007

macho papas rock skate asia 2007

In the recentlty concluded Skate Asia Manila ‘07 the Macho Papa’s Medium Team Production just made a sweet 2nd place (silver) behind the Hongkong Team. As they say, Macho Papa’s just showed the best manuevers of combination of Figure Skating and Hockey and with there lavish dance steps inside the ice. Crowds just can’t stop cheering,shouting for this skaters as they merge and dance in the tune of “i like to move it,move it” with the combination of tribal music. They are gorgeous enough to pull down the roof of Mall of Asia Ice skating Rink in Pasay City, Macho Papa’s is just a mouth-watering Team Production for girls, this Macho Papa’s Team Production is from SM Southmall which compose of Hockey and Figure Skater. In over all category of Medium Production the Macho Papa’s just bag the 1st place in the Medium Category via Judges decision.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007


By Gabby Libarios

WHEN Filipino figure skater Michael Novales competed at the 2004 Four Continents Championships, he was not allowed to represent the Philippines. Instead, he skated for the US, his “adopted” country where he has been training under elite-level coach John Nicks since his family moved to Los Angeles years ago.

Under the rules of the International Skating Union, the international governing body for competitive ice skating disciplines such as figure skating, speed skating, and synchronized skating, the skater’s country must have one or two operating natural or artificial ice rinks of adequate size before he can compete in an ISU-governed championship.

It was only at the 2006 World Championships in Calgary, Canada when Novales got the chance to represent the Philippines for the very first time in figure skating history.
Now that an Olympic-sized ice skating rink is fully operational at the SM Mall of Asia, technicalities will no longer be an impediment for any Filipino skater aspiring to compete in future ISU events.

According to Aimee Paralisan, senior marketing manager of LCI, the Public Relations arm for SM’s Leisure and Entertainment division, the newly opened rink will bring more opportunities to skaters, boosting their morale and making them realize that a company as big as SM supports their passion.

“Before, Filipino skaters could only join competitions in the recreational levels,” Paralisan says. The other damper on these kids’ spirits were the size and poor lighting conditions of the rinks of SM Southmall and SM Megamall, which are just one-third or one-fourth of the official rink size.
For the uninitiated, SM Mall of Asia has the biggest ice rink in the Southeast Asian region. Before it was constructed, the World Ice Skating Center in Central Bangkok, Thailand used to hold the title. Installed by Patine Corp., the same Japanese group behind the installation of the rinks in many Asian countries, MOA’s ice rink measures 61mx30m. “Ours is just a meter bigger than Thailand’s biggest ice rink,” says SM Skating Rink operations manager Noel Resultay.
The rink will also greatly help elevate Figure Skating into a competitive and serious sport in the country, not just a form of entertainment for mall-goers. “With this ice skating rink in place, we will be able to harness the untapped talents of our skaters,” says Paralisan. “Encouraging other people to try the sport will become easier for us because of this rink.”

Resultay believes that the rink will be a great center for nurturing the country’s future bets in international competitions. “I can proudly say that our equipment and amenities are at par with rinks abroad,” he opines. A figure skating harness, which is used to help a skater improve his jumping and spinning techniques, will later be installed.

By bringing the sport closer to the masses, the impression of figure skating being an expensive sport will be erased. “As compared to the rates abroad, figure skating here is rather inexpensive,” he explains. “We have this unlimited ice skating rate which allows you to skate from opening to closing time. We also charge by the hour, which is only P100, inclusive of the skate rental.”

An eight-session training program in figure skating and ice hockey starts from P2,900, depending on the level. “If you go higher, there might be adjustments,” says Resultay. “If the rink does well and the demand for lessons goes higher, we might make the rink open 24 hours a day. We don’t turn off the cooling system anyway.”

The rink is also perfect for ice hockey—a fast-growing adrenaline-packed sport among the kids and kids-at-heart. Resultay says there are around 18 teams in the country today.
Aside from the electronic scoreboard for hockey competitions, the rink has two changing rooms that can serve as dugouts, separate washrooms, and shower rooms. “On December, we will be holding an international ice hockey competition. It will be participated in by teams from Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, and Hong Kong,” he quickly adds.

If everything goes as planned, the country will host a big figure skating competition called Skate Asia 2007, wherein seven to 10 Asian countries will vie for the title. “We expect around 500 to 800 participants. This is going to be on the last week of July or first week of August,” Resultay shares.

In a country that still waits for its athletic gods to come and win the coveted international championships, figure skating or ice hockey might offer a better and quicker way to put the country in the sports map.

Maybe in five years or so, watching a Filipino skater as good as Michelle Kwan or Sasha Cohen on TV will not be a farfetched event. For inquiries on the ice skating lessons, call the ISR office at 551-0469 to 71 or 8000426