The thought of putting up an ice skating rink seems unlikely in a tropical country like the Philippines. But on September 4, 1992, the first ice skating rink in country was opened to the public inside one of the largest malls in Asia.
I had good memories when I had my self-thought lessons on ice skating. I was in grade school and it was only a few months since SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City opened its 849 square meters ice skating rink to the public. There were only a few daredevils who tried the unfamiliar recreational activity and my classmates and myself were one them.
On some weekends ,one of my classmate’s parents would take us there and let us stay initially for an hour until such time that we developed our skills gliding and keeping our balance on ice that we stayed for longer hours inside the rink.
Soon ice skating became a popular alternative recreational activity in tropical Philippines especially during the summer months. In line with its popularity, ice skating rinks were opened in SM South Mall in Las Pinas, and Sta. Lucia East Mall in Marikina. But we were more at home with the one in SM Megamall.
With the growing number of ice skating enthusiasts, formal lessons on figure skating and ice hockey have been offered. The ice skating rink in Megamall became a venue for figure skating competitions and home to hockey teams like the Manila Ice Vixens.
In the years that followed, the ice skating rinks in Sta. Lucia and SM Southmall closed down leaving SM Megamall Ice Skating Rink as the Philippines’ first and the original ice skating rink.
Today, the recently opened ice skating rink in SM Mall of Asia is the latest and the largest.