AOFST 2016: Meet the Philippine team

The 2016 edition of the Asian Open Figure Skating Trophy will be held in Manila this August 4-7, 2016. Last year’s edition was held in Bangkok, Thailand where Michael Christian Martinez (the lone representative of the Philippines in the 2014 Winter Olympics) won first place for the Senior Men’s division.

This year’s AOFST is organized by the Philippine Skating Union with the authorization of the Asian Skating Union and the recognition of the International Skating Union.

And with that, meet the skaters who will be competing for the Philippines

Jules Alpe – Junior Men’s division

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The seventeen-year old figure skater hails from the city of Cavite and has been figure skating for quite some time already. He also performed alongside Michael Christian Martinez and members of the Philippine National Skating Team during Martinez’s Ice Show last June 18 in SM Megamall. He is a graduate of the Holy Redeemer School in Cabuyao, Laguna. You can follow him on Twitter here.

Elia Mariel Mendoza – Junior Ladies’division

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Elia already has experience in competing for both the national and international level in figure skating competitions. She was not in last year’s edition of the AOFST and 2016 will be her first time to compete in the contest. She is a student of St. Theresa’s College in Quezon City.

Bianca Arianne Vinarao – Junior Ladies’division

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Nothing much is known about Bianca except that she competed at the 2013 ISU World Development Trophy where she landed seventh place for her division back then. 2016 will also be her first time to compete at the AOFST. You can follow her on Twitter here.

Sofia Guidote – Advanced Novice Girls division

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She is perhaps, the most famous female member of the Philippine National Skating Team and is touted to be the next Michael Christian Martinez. Some Filipino skating fans even think that she makes a good match with the 2014 Winter Olympian but Sofia is more than just that. She has had her share of competing in many skating tournaments, national and international. In fact, she competed in last year’s AOFST and she will be back again for this year. Disney Channel Asia also picked her as one of the faces for their Dream Big, Princess campaign. You can follow her on Twitter and on Instagram and you can like her Facbeook page here.

Andreanne Jaye Ariones – Basic Novice B Girls division

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She was once a Juvenille qualifier of the National Figure Skating Championships in 2014. Besides that, other tournaments that she competed in are unknown. 2016 will also be her first time to compete at the AOFST.

Skye Frances Patenia – Basic Novice B Girls division

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In 2015, she competed at the Asian Junior Figure Skating Challenge and besides that, she has also had experience in competing on various national figure skating tournaments. 2016 is also her first time to participate at the AOFST. She is a student of the Makati Hope Christian School. You can follow her on Instagram.

Elaine Hannah Solomon – Basic Novice B Girls division

In 2014, she won the third place of the Philippine National Figure Skating Championships for the Basic Novice A division. She also competed at the Asian Junior Figure Skating Challenge in the same year although she did not land a podium finish. 2016 will also be her first time to compete at the AOFST.

Dianne Gabrielle Panlilio – Basic Novice A Girls division

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In 2014, she finished as the Champion of the Philippine National Figure Skating Championships for the Basic Novice A division as well (in the same division for the contest on the same year, Elaine Hannah Solomon, a fellow teammate of hers for AOFST 2016 finished on third place). She also brought home a silver medal for the Philippines at the 2014 Asian Junior Figure Skating Challenge. She is also competing for the first time this year at the AOFST. GMA News hailed her as the Philippines’ future Ice Queen. Dianne looks up to Yulia Lipnitskaya of Russia and her skating style has been compared to those of Tara Lipinski who won the gold medal for Ladies Figure Skating at the 1998 Winter Olympics.

At this moment, she does not have a personal Instagram account but she does have an Instagram account for her art (as doing art is also one of her interests when she is not in the skating rink) which you can follow here. You can also like her Facebook page here.

Aiko Marie Shibata – Basic Novice A Girls division

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Last and not the least is Aiko Marie Shibata. She has competed at the Philippine National Figure Skating Championships in 2014 where she won first place for the Pre-Juvenille – Primary Division and on the same year, she also competed at the Asian Junior Figure Skating Challenge. She will compete for the first time at the AOFST this year as well. You can follow her on Twitter here.

Show your support for our national figure skating team! The Asian Open Figure Skating Trophy 2016 will be from August 4-7, 2016 at the SM Mall of Asia Skating Rink (beside SM MOA Arena). For more details about the event, visit the event’s official page on the ISU website.

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