Malacanang backs Pinoy bet in figure skating

By Aurea Calica, The Philippine Star

Posted at Feb 09 2014 08:29 AM | Updated as of Feb 09 2014 04:29 PM

MANILA, Philippines - As it wished good luck to the Philippines’ bet in the ongoing Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Malacañang called on Filipinos yesterday to show their support for him as well.

Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the Palace was confident that Michael Christian Martinez would excel in figure skating despite the lack of snow in the Philippines.

“We hope the Filipino people are behind Christian and his quest for gold at the Sochi Olympics,” Lacierda said over dzRB.

Martinez, 17, is representing the Philippines in the figure skating competition.

Lacierda said the Palace was “very, very proud” of such athletes and “we hope God will bless you.”

“We can do it,” he said.

“We always say that if the Filipinos are given a chance to excel they will have the opportunity to excel and they will have the competence to excel,” Lacierda said, noting the innate talent of Filipinos would always shine in every opportunity to showcase it.