THE International Skating Union (ISU) World Development Trophy will be held from April 21 to 26 at the SM Skating Rink in the newly opened Mega Fashion Hall in SM Megamall.
The ISU World Development Trophy, which is organized by the ISU in partnership with the Philippine Skating Union (PhSU) will gather a total of 56 skaters from 15 countries to compete for the championship.
Aside from the Philippines, skaters from Argentina, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Korea DPR, Singapore, South Africa, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistan are skating for top honors.
Last April 2013, the PhSU hosted the 2013 ISU Development Trophy at the SM Mall of Asia Ice Skating Rink where 11 countries and a total of 53 qualified skaters and coaches participated in the ISU-sanctioned event.
Six skaters will represent PhSU in three categories: Juniors, Novice A and Novice B. These are: Sofia Guidote, Audrey Alcaraz, Alyssa Comia, Elia Mendoza, Keith Stephanie Angeles and Dominique Katigbak.
During the competition, the skating rink in Megamall will be open only from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on April 21-25 and will be closed on April 26 to give way to the ISU World Development Trophy.
SM has been the primary supporter of the PhSU and competitive ice skating since the latter was established in 2005. SM also provides a venue for the events of PhSU for the promotion of ice skating in the Philippines.
Through the years, SM and the PhSU have conducted several figure skating competitions that have given birth to international champions such as Michael Christian Martinez.