|Photo credits: AP/Ivan Sekretarev|
The Philippines has earned its place in world news once again. This time its not about the rebels, the insurgents, the dirty politics. Its about a 17 year old boy, Michael Christian Martinez - our very first figure skater who wowed the judges in the #2014WinterOlympics in Sochi, Russia.
Oh yes, you read it right. A figure skater from a country without snow! Southeast Asia's very first!
This young man, Michael learned ice skating by practicing in a mall ice skating rink. He came from a middle class family, and paying for use of the ice skating rink is considered a luxury. Nevertheless, his parents found ways to support him in achieving his dream and they have never looked back since then.
Michael is an inspiration to Filipinos. At his young age, he showed his countrymen that nothing is impossible. He showed us how to focus on our dreams and how to work hard for it. Failures are strategically occurring "road bumps" designed to make us plan, rethink our options, and carry on.
He may not have brought home an Olympic Medal this time, however, to be able to finish 19th out of 24 competitors is an achievement in itself.
Michael Christian Martinez. 17 years old. Proudly Filipino.
Sharing with you a video of one of his performances.
Video credits: HerculeanBreed