Wednesday, August 26, 2009

SM Megamall ISR, 1992-2009

Did you ever skate at that ice skating rink with the post in the middle? If you did, mark this date: Sunday, August 30. The last day of the SM Megamall Ice Skating Rink.

warming up

I watched the ice skating competition last weekend, the last one before the ice skating rink closes. It feels like the passing of a good friend of a good friend. It must be hard to believe that someone who has never skated in her life can genuinely feel sad. But here's the deal: it was a part of my life, too. The rink was where we used to fetch my brother when we would have dinner at the mall as a family. For many years, it was my brother's tambayan.

exhibition number

As with every competition, there are good performances and bad performances, beautiful extensions and awful landings. I saw at least one what-were-they-thinking costume (I cannot even describe it, but no adult would wear it), a Pucci print, an outfit that looked inspired by Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and a lot of sensibly sophisticated designs.

I had a lump in my throat when the skaters used dramatic music. This is it. After 17 years, it's time to say goodbye to the country's first ice skating rink. Sure, there are still rinks at Southmall and Mall of Asia, but for the thousands of Filipinos who first wobbled on its ice, the rink with the post in the middle will forever occupy a unique space in their hearts.


  1. Abi!
    Thanks for writing this blog.
    I'm one of those skaters!
    We judged during the last competition and it truly does feel like we're losing a friend.
    So many good memories were made on that little corner, 'our own little space'. Even after many years have gone by and different skaters have occupied the rink, this piece of ice with a post in the middle will truly occupy a special place in many people's hearts.

  2. thanks for dropping by, sassy! you probably know my brother vincent, who is one of the old-timers. he's expecting more tears to flow on sunday. megamall will never be the same without the rink, that's for sure.

  3. How sad for that rink to close. I've only skated twice in my lifetime, but Megamall's skating rink was where I first learned how to ice skate.

  4. it's like losing the w.j. shaw theater at shang. we can't fight change, just nurse the nostalgia.