By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
June 10, 2014
SANTA ANA, Calif. – Known for performing on the ice to the Phantom of the Opera soundtrack, Michael Martinez put on the mask as a special guest at a masquerade ball.
“I’m the Phantom of the Opera, the character itself so I feel so great. Of course I’m so thankful that they’re raising funds for me. That they’ve invited me here. So I can continue training again,” he said.
One Heart for Hope which is currently raising funds to help last year’s typhoon victims is also helping raise money for Martinez.
:Meeting him we got more inspired and found out he’s a very charitable person and would love to help other children. And this is the way to start a charity I guess for him,” Merlita Helms of One Heart for Hope said.
While many took pictures with the 17-year-old Olympian, the audience enjoyed watching some of the highlights of his history-making Olympic performance.
It’s been four months since he took the Philippines and the world by storm and there’s no shortage of awards. A series of honors awaits the Philippines’ Ice Prince upon his return to the country.
Martinez said he will get a recognition from Congress on June 11.
He was also among 12 men featured in People Asia’s “Men Who Matter” issue.
While training in New Jersey the past month, Martinez met kababayans in New York at a star studded Filipino parade.
When he returns to the Philippines this week, he will use the next couple months getting ready for the first competition of the international season the Asian trophy in Taiwan this August.
“Tutuloy lang and polish the program there and meet new people who may be possible to financially support me,” he said.
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