Bank of China and SM Supermalls team up to celebrate sports in 2022

In anticipation of the upcoming 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics, Bank of China and SM Supermalls came together last Saturday, January 22, to celebrate the Philippines’ lone representative in the Winter Games – Olympic Alpine skier Asa Miller. The 21-year-old is set to compete in the men’s giant slalom and slalom events in February.

The exhibition, entitled “Together on Ice,” successfully showcased the country’s winter sports athletes at the newly reopened SM Mall of Asia Ice Skating Rink. The efforts of Bank of China and SM Supermalls, with support from the Chinese Embassy, the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), and the Philippine Skating Union (PHSU), have given aspiring athletes and sports enthusiasts further exposure to ice sports; which, in a tropical country like the Philippines, is a rarity.

(From L-R) SM Supermalls President Steven Tan, Bank of China Manila Country Head Deng Jun, Philippine Skating Union President and SM Lifestyle Sports and Development Manager Nikki Cheng, Philippine Olympic Committee Deputy Secretary General and Beijing 2022 PH Delegation Chef de Mission Valeriano Floro, and Bank of China Managing Director Celeste Diokno.

According to Nikki Cheng, President of the Philippine Skating Union and Sports Development Manager of SM Lifestyle, initiatives like “Together on Ice” and venues such as the SM Supermalls Ice Skating Rinks  are crucial in developing sports that the country has so much potential to excel in. “The importance of providing athletes [with] a venue to train is vital for their professional growth as a sportsperson. Not only does the venue serve as an enjoyment ground for fans and spectators, but it is also considered their holy ground that bears witness to their achievements, failures, and breakthroughs.”

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