Filipina figure skaters to compete in Hong Kong

MANILA — Four of the Philippine’s promising figure skaters are scheduled to compete in Hong Kong next month.

Charmaine Skye Chua, Skye Frances Patenia, Kate Orrock and Veronica Clare Eid will represent the Philippines in the Asian Open Figure Skating Trophy tournament from Aug. 2 to 5.

Chua. a Grade 8 student at Saint Jude Catholic School, will see action in the Advanced Novice category, Patenia is entered in the Novice B category while Orrock and Ei are competing in the Novice A category.

Top skaters from Japan, South Korea, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Kazakhstan, Australia, New Zealand, India and Hong Kong will join the four-day tournament sanctioned by the International Skating Union (ISU) and the Asian Skating Union (ASU).

Chua, Orrock and Patenia are medallists in the South East Asian (SEA) Figure Skating Challenge held at the SM Seaside City skating rink in Cebu last June.

Chua bagged the gold medal and Patenia took the bronze medal in the Basic Novice B category while Orrock ruled the Basic Novice A category.

The tournament in Cebu City was the third leg of the SEA Challenge. The first leg was held December 2-4, 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand where Chua won the silver.

The 14-year-old Chua won the gold medal in the second leg held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from April 13-15, 2017. She is also a gold winner in the Freestyle Level 1 category in the 2012 Skate Asia tournament.

Orrock won the gold medal in the Basic Pre Novice category in the 2015 Asian Junior Figure Skating Challenge in Hong Kong.

Eid (Pre Juvenile Primary) and Patenia (Basic Novice A) are medal winners in the 2015 Philippine National Figure Skating Championships in Pasay City two years ago. Jean Malanum/PNA-northboundasia.com