Jun 10

2017 South East Asian Figure Skating Challenge At SM Seaside City Cebu

I am a woman with big dreams. One of those things in my bucketlist is to learn figure skating. So when I got an opportunity to watch the 2017 South East Asian Figure Skating Challenge at SM Seaside City Cebu last June 2-4, 2017, I went crazy.

The icy floor was cold and calming, but as nineteen figure skaters from the Philippines, 5 from Malaysia, 4 from Thailand, and 2 from Indonesia showed off their chassés and toe loops, the crowd  went into a delirium of awe and cheers.


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Ballerina on Ice captured by Roh Tadina of baliwagenews.info


Joined by four SEA countries, the first ever figure skating competition in South East Asia aims not only to prove that the Philippines is ready to host grand international skating events. The 2017 South East Asian Figure Skating Challenge is also geared towards spreading awareness on the sport. In cooperation with SM Skating, this year’s SEA Figure Skating Challenge organizers hope to invite more and more people to take part of the growing number of skating enthusiasts in the country.

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Participants from the Philippines are Ariel Pascual, Celine Tansipek, Czerine Ramos, and Hayden Balucating for the Juvenile Category. Sophie Hernandez and Cailyn Bangug competed for the Pre-Novice Categories. Skaters Kate Orrock, Nicole Dritsas, Sofia Cu, and Shaniah Yu were the Philippine team’s contenders for the Basic Novice A Category. Figure skaters AJ Ariones, Skye Chua, and Sky Patenia completed the roster for the Basic Novice B. Meanwhile, Gabby Panlilio, Steph Angeles, Mariel Mendoza, Misha Fabian, Bianca Vinarao, and Jules Alpe competed for Advance Novice, Basic Junior, Junior, Elite Junior, Basic Senior, and Elite Junior Men respectively.


The 2017 SEA Challenge is an international figure skating competition jointly hosted by the Figure and Speed Skating Association of Thailand, Singapore Ice Skating Association, Ice Skating Association of Malaysia, Federasi Ice Skating Indonesia, and the Philippine Skating Union. At the helm of this competition is the Asian Skating Union.

For the list of winners of the 2017 South East Asian Figure Skating Challenge, follow SM Skating on Facebook and @smskating on Instagram.

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