REMEMBER when Olympic hopeful and SEA Games medalist Margielyn Didal asked for more skate parks?
Looks like the powers that be are listening.
More learning opportunities are now available for local skaters as Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno renovates Vitas Skate Park in Tondo, Manila, hoping to influence more homegrown champions in the future.
Unfortunately, because of COVID-19, the activity area will stay closed until the country’s situation is safe enough for skaters to scuff up those ramps.
“Mga Batang Manila! Isang makulay na skate park ang aming muling bubuksan ng libre para sa inyo sa oras na matapos ang pandemyang ating kinakaharap,” he said in a post last weekend.
“Ito po ang Vitas Skate Park, inayos natin ang pasilidad upang magamit ng mga Batang Manila at nawa’y makatulong sa paghubog ng mga susunod na skateboarding champions ng Maynila at ng ating bansa.”
Moreno is no doubt referring to Margielyn Didal, the country's best skater and an outspoken advocate for the growth and development of young skaters in the country.
“We need to wake up," said Didal in an impassioned press conference after winning a gold medal in the Game of S.K.A.T.E. event in the 30th Southeast Asian Games last December. "Ilan ba skate parks ngayon? Para magising po lahat. Kailangan natin ng skate parks and (there will be) more medals to come.”
Last April, Didal was lauded in Forbes Asia’s “30 Under 30” list.
SPIN Life tried to get her reaction to the new Manila skate park, but she has yet to respond.