SM Megamall reopens historic skating rink

Posted at 01/28/2014 11:55 PM | Updated as of 01/28/2014 11:55 PM

MANILA, Philippines – SM Megamall has revived its ice skating rink that has helped develop local ice skating talents.

The SM Megamall Ice Skating Rink, the first ice skating rink in the Philippines, re-opened its doors on Tuesday, hours after the mall’s new wing was officially opened.

The Olympic-sized ice skating rink is located in the fifth floor of the mall’s Building D, sharing the same floor with the IMAX theater.

The rink was first opened to public in September 1992 and ushered the development of ice skating as a sport in the Philippines.

The mall closed it down in 2009, but reopened it five years later.

The rink also led to the establishment of the Ice Skating Institute of the Philippines, now known as the Philippine Skating Union (PSU), which became the executive and the legislative body for ice skating as a sport in the country.

The PSU helped develop local talents and sought for foreign-based Pinoys who are willing to represent the country in the international stage.

Among these talents is Filipino figure skater Michael Christian Martinez, who gained a qualification for the coming 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, after placing 7th in the Nebelhorn Trophy in Germany last September.

The SM Megamall Ice Skating Rink will also host the Skate Asia 2014, which is sanctioned by the Ice Skating Institute-Asia.