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Wednesday, February 05, 2014

SM Ice Skating Rink is back in SM Megamall–launch in Mega Fashion Hall

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The SM Ice Skating Rink is back to its original home in SM Megamall, today its located at the 5th floor of SM Megamall’s new building – Mega Fashion Hall also known as Mega Bldg D. Back in 1992 we tasted the first ever winter wonderland inside the ground floor of SM Megamall, the ice skating back then was our first ever and then followed by two more branches in other SM Supermalls.

The ice skating rink in SM Megamall was the central breeding ground of champion figure skaters and hockey teams, I remember in the early years that they heavily promoted the figure skating and ice hockey as a new sport for kids and teens, but after the hard work of the SM Ice Skating Rink team, we got our own champions on ice, its weird that we won most competitions and you see that we are in a tropical country without any snow or cold weather, but that didn’t stop our fellow ice skaters to train and practice, because the ice skating in SM Megamall was the only ice rink that we can have for years, its not that perfect yet and not an Olympic size, and there’s a big block post in the middle that is very annoying to some skaters, but it was okay, we coped with it and still enjoy the fun on ice in SM Megamall. So when SM Mall of Asia started to open a new ice skating, with an Olympic size ice rink, all skaters started to move there because it’s a bit more comfy to skate and train on a wide ice rink.

2009 was the last year of SM Megamall's Ice Skating Rink, it was closed down in order to attract the skaters to its new home in SM Mall of Asia, and it was remove as part of SM Megamall’s expansion and birth of the new event center. We didn’t know that they will bring it back and much more better than SM Mall of Asia’s ice skating rink.

This 2014, last January 28th, the new SM Ice Skating Rink is back with an Olympic Size ice rink, the come back was very well appreciated by many people, there’s no longer need to travel to the south to enjoy a bigger ice rink, Northerners and Easterners can now enjoy the ice skating rink here in SM Megamall, the most surprising detail that I heard is that they will introduce a new ice sport here at the new ice rink – Speed Ice Skating – it’s a slalom ice skating race that requires the skater to skate in its top speed, the gear and ice skating shoes are much different from figure skating and ice hockey, As I saw the new skating rink, I can say that speed ice skate race can be done here via laps because its wide and my guess is that two racers can compete in one ice rink. Looking at the new feature of the ice rink, I love the clear glass window that adds natural lighting to the ice skating rink, it’s a good location, because the skater won’t get so cold when they are on ice because there’s our friendly sun to add warm to our body.

I didn’t got a chance to skate here during the launch, because I’m not prepared and I’m nursing my knee injury, but I will back here and try the new ice skating rink.

Congratulations and welcome back!

For inquiries of the SM Ice Skating Rink
just call 556-0471

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The ice skating rink, my view from outside

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Ice skating rink, my view from outside the rink

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Spotted some ice princesses warming up for the big ice performance for the launch of the ice skating rink here at the Mega Fashion Hall of SM Megamall

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I met here SM Lifestyle boss Mrs. Nicole Deato, here I learned that SM got a new department called SM Lifestyle, they already absorbed the cinema, the bowling, the ice skating rink and SM Arena in one department.

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Our teddy bear awaits at the entrance / and you’ll see the ice smoke coming out from the ice rink

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That’s my foot getting a dose of cold moments at the ice skating rink

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Symphonic music at the launch / and here are the SM Digital Marketing Department - Dave Pimentel, Bren, Mykel, and Beanca with Jesse Herrera of SM Megamall marketing

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Our golden ticket for that day…to get a free ice skating and also teddy bear freebie

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me holding a nutcracker prince cardboard hahahah

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SM Ice Skating Rink officials showed to us a short throwback of the old ice skating rink

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The start of the presentation of SM’s Ice princeses


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Each female figure skater showed their routine and winning moves on ice

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We also saw the performance of SM Ice’s group dancers

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And here are the ice skater students of SM Ice Skating rink showing us their routine performance.



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celebs spotted: Say Alonzo and Andrea Del Rosario – with their partners and friend

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SM Ice Skater students

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Ice princess dance group of SM Skating Rink

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Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, PBNetwork PH, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collects Transformers toys.
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