Dressed to skate

His trailblazing feat at Sochi has earned for Michael Christian Martinez a warm place in every Pinoy’s heart. His passion, his style, how he got from the malls to the Olympics are now all fodder for the media.

Even his costumes for the competition have a story.

“In a sequined and braided black and white outfit donated by a designer in New York who saw his Facebook plea for proper Olympic attire, Martinez took the biggest stage of his life, skating just two spots before the great Evgeni Plushenko was supposed to go in front of a capacity crowd at the Olympic arena.” (from “Filipino skater makes it from mall to Olympics,” The Washington Post)

So, who is this gracious donor who has even urged others to help Michael reach his dreams through donations?

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Tania Bass has been dressing actors, dancers, skaters, famous singers and dignitaries for the last 25+ years.

No wonder our latest Filipino hero looked so classy during his Winter Olympics debut.

Martinez doing his epic cantilever spread in his Romeo and Juliet performance. (Google photo)

Martinez doing his epic cantilever spread in his Romeo and Juliet performance. (Google photo)

Then again, in his impressive Malagueña free skating number. (Google photo)

Then again, in his impressive Malagueña free skating number. (Google photo)

Trivia: One skating site mentions Malagueña and Romeo and Juliet among the most  ‘overused’ figure skating music.

Well, maybe not in this tropical side of the world.

And the rest, is history (rather, history in the making) for Michael Christian Martinez.

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