A hero’s welcome is being prepared for Michael Christian Martinez in Muntinlupa City.
The figure skater Martinez will be returning from an impressive first-ever appearance for a Filipino in the Winter Olympics in Russia.
“He is first and foremost a Muntinlupeño and our city is proud of him,” Mayor Jaime Fresnedi said.
The city council passed a resolution recognizing Martinez’ 19th-place finish in the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
“We are very privileged to have an Olympian in our midst, and young as he is, he is an inspiration to us all that indeed, dreams are still possible ” Fresnedi said.
A P100,000 award will also be given Martinez in recognition of his achievement, which will be drawn from the Special Activities Fund of City Mayor 2014 Executive Budget.
Martinez’ entry into the final round of the men’s figure skating competition caught the attention of international analysts, and his gallant showing as he battled fatigue and the pressure, coupled with his coming from a tropical country where snow doesn’t exist, endeared him to the international audience even more.
He held a firm grip on third place in the overall standings for several rounds before being overtaken by more experienced skaters as the competition progressed.
This early, though, he is setting his sights on the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.
A similar resolution recognizing the Muntinlupa School for Child Development (MSCD) in which Martinez is studying, was also passed by the City Council in its Monday morning session, commending the school for its role in shaping Martinez into a model Muntinlupeño and Filipino.
RITCHIE A. HORARIO