The Philippines is a tropical country. Other countries, including that of Europe, have four seasons — winter, spring, summer and fall. The Philippines, on the other hand, only has two official seasons — the “hot” and the “very hot” seasons. Ok, ok, it’s the rainy and dry seasons. But unless the global climate change gets worse, the Philippines definitely has no winter season. And we don’t have snow. So it’s truly amazing that the Philippines has a representative that qualified for the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, from February 6 to 13, 2014.
The name of the Philippines’ first-ever representative in the Olympic figure skating? Michael Christian Martinez. Or simply Michael Martinez. At 17 years old, he’s the youngest figure skater to compete in the 2014 Olympics. The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) prepared a poster to support him:
There’s the 1993 movie Cool Runnings, inspired by the true story of a bobsled team from a tropical country, Jamaica, which participated in the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada. Yeah, yeah, you know that. But do you know that Jamaica is not the first tropical country to have ever joined the Winter Olympics? Yes, Jose, this distinction belongs to the Philippines, who fielded skiers Ben Nanasca and Juan Cipriano during the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo, Japan.
All the best to Michael Martinez. We join all Filipinos in praying that you land a podium finish. #LabanPilipinas