The country’s top figure skaters started their campaign in the 16th Philippine National Figure Skating Championships (PNFSC) on Wednesday at the SM Megamall ice skating rink in Mandaluyong City.
Over 30 skaters are joining the two-day event led by top Filipino figure skater Michael Martinez, a veteran of the Sochi Winter Olympics.
Martinez arrived on Tuesday in time for the competition.
“Considering that I just came yesterday, I think I still did a good job,” Martinez told reporters after the competition.
Martinez demonstrated his newest jump called quad jump or four figure skating revolution.
“I did not expect to do it like it’s going to be a huge nerve for me because this is my first competition that I tried it and it’s okay. I just [need to]do better next time,” he added.
Winners of the competition will represent the country in various tourneys of the International Skating Union (ISU), the world governing body for the sport of skating.
Seniors category winners, meanwhile, will be qualified to compete in the upcoming 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The PNFSC is an ISU certified event that aims to provide avenue for Filipino skaters to showcase their talents and gain experience for future local and international tournaments.