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The newly opened Fashion Hall in SM Megamall opened last Tuesday. There are a variety of things available including the Swedish brand H&M! But I went there for something totally different. My skating journey started when I was 7 years old in a tiny rink with an annoying blue post in the middle (aka the old Mega skating rink). We said our goodbyes 4 and half years ago migrating to the Olympic-sized rink in Mall of Asia. Finally, the Mega rink made a comeback appearing in the Fashion Hall! Seeing the rink for the first time brought a smile to my face.
Photo by abs-cbn
For the official opening, skaters were asked to perform. I along with many others gladly agreed to join. The former skaters were put into one group and being reunited once again was such a blast. We skated to four songs: 5, 6, 7, 8 by Steps, Stop by the Spice Girls, Single Ladies by Beyoncé and Stay the Night by Zedd ft. Hayley Williams. We had a very fun production number and the songs go in order from the oldest to present day. Besides doing tricks on the ice, for our last number we used hoops and ribbons. Is it just me, or did it seem like we were celebrating Chinese new year in that part? Haha! For those who didn’t see it already, there is a video on the Absolutely Savvy Facebook page.
We weren’t the only ones who skated. Before us, there were 5 solo performances by Gaby Panlilio, Audrey Alcaraz, Sabine Katigbak, Jillian Ching and Sofia Guidote. These friends of mine are so talented and they reminded me why I love to skate in the first place. Also, after the former skaters went on, the present ones were the last to perform. Their number was formal and grand. Every one of them showed excellent skills. Their spins and jumps especially were flawless.
(L-R: Pat, Jana, Denz, Angela, Yvi, Julia, Me, Aya, Danie)
Me and my first best friend in ice skating, Audrey!
I lost count of the many nights we practiced both off and on the ice, most of them until 12 midnight! Nonetheless I loved every bit of it: Being with people who share the same passion as me, seeing my coaches come up with choreography, having our moms always there to support us and laughing at each other for about everything. Its true, when you’re in a place that you love, you forget all of the problems that you have (I don’t think of homework!) I would always look forward to the end of a school week because I would have the chance to skate. The rink is just as big as MOA, or maybe even bigger. The wait was totally worth it. Mega skaters, we are back! I’m looking forward to skate more often now 🙂