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Martinez receives P100K from Muntinlupa

Camille Diola (The Philippine Star) - February 24, 2014 - 2:48pm

MANILA, Philippines — Michael Christian Martinez, the lone Filipino athlete in the 2014 Winter Olympics, will receive a P100,000 "bonus gift" from the local government of Muntinlupa City.

Martinez, who made it to the medal round in the men's figure skating championship in Sochi, Russia, was honored Monday in his hometown in Muntinlupa.

The Muntinlupa City Council passed a resolution on February 17, granting Martinez with the monetary incentive.

The resolution for the reward came amid criticisms that Martinez, his mother and coach, flew to Sochi without backing from the government.

The 17-year-old skater arrived in the Philippines to a hero's welcome on Sunday. He is also set to meet fans in an event in SM Megamall on Monday.

Martinez ranked 19th in the Free Skating event, leaping from his 30th ranking in the qualifiers.

He is hoping to be qualified again to compete in the 2018 games in South Korea.

Martinez will also soon start training for the World Junior Figure Skating Championships on March 10 to 16 in Bulgaria.

Related: After Olympics, Martinez eyes World Jr championship

AFTER OLYMPICS FREE SKATING MARTINEZ MICHAEL CHRISTIAN MARTINEZ MUNTINLUPA CITY MUNTINLUPA CITY COUNCIL SOCHI SOUTH KOREA WINTER OLYMPICS WORLD JR WORLD JUNIOR FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS
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