Young Filipino Olympian Michael Christian Martinez received the Notable Global Pinoy award from the SM Supermalls for his outstanding and unprecedented achievements in the Sochi Winter Olympics.
In simple awarding rites at the SM Mall of Asia, Martinez received the award in recognition of his feat of being the first Southeast Asian to qualify for the Winter Olympics.
Handing him the award were SM Supermalls President Annie Garcia and Glenn Ang, Program Director of SM Global Pinoy.
The award is given as part of the SM Global Pinoy program as a tribute to outstanding Filipinos who have made a mark in the international arena. Among past awardees were international singers Lea Salonga, Apl de Ap of the Black Eyed Peas, designer Oliver Tolentino, Francis Libiran, pool player Efren “Bata” Reyes, boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao, the Azkals, the Philippine Dragon Boat Team, Danica Magpantay, and Chef Pablo Boy Logro.
Ang said Martinez is clearly a notable global Filipino because he is a world-class athlete who showed how talent, perseverance and determination could break barriers and biases to qualify for the Winter Olympics.
“Who would have thought that a figure skater from a tropical country like the Philippines could make it to the Winter Olympics? But Michael Martinez achieved this and his performance in that game was sterling. He certainly has a bright future ahead of him,” Ang said.
Ang added SM will always be behind Martinez in achieving more milestones in his career. “SM has been behind him since he started in his career. We are with him now and we will always be with him as he achieves more triumphs in his career,” he stressed.