The two members of the Philippine figure skating finished inside the top three of the short program in the 30th Southeast Asian Games men’s ice skating championships, Friday evening at the SM Megamall Skating Rink.
Christopher Caluza secured a close second with his 62.37 points. SEA Games’ 2017 gold medalist Julian Zhi-Jie Yee of Malaysia took the top spot with 63.35 points.
“For me, I just do my job, that’s my edge, knowing that I can do what I do. And I know I’m a consistent skater and I’m just there to have a fun time. So that’s the only thing, is [having a] fun time, [that’s] my edge,” said Caluza, who was showered with cheers from the crowd.
Caluza showcased his wares on the ice with panache. He garnered 32.46 points in the technical elements and amassed 29.91 from presentation built on 6.0 from skating skills; 5.83 from transitions; 6.08 from performance, and both 6.0 points for composition and from the interpretation of music.
On the other hand, Edrian Paul Celestino finished in third, notching 61.52 points.
Celestino managed 32.01 points from technical elements. He also had 29.51 from the presentation, comprising of 6.08 from skating skills; 5.67 from transitions; and 5.92 each for performance, composition, and interpretation of music.
“I just want to have just a good performance in terms of emotions and how I express myself on the ice. And in terms of my edge over my other competitors, it would be consistency as well. And just keeping my composure,” Celestino said.
Micah Kai Lynette of Thailand (4th with 60.77), Pagiel Yie Ken Sng of Singapore (5th with 52.06), Muhammad Dwi Apolianto of Indonesia (6th with 38.78) and Calvin Pratama of Indonesia (7th with 31.04) complete the men’s cast of the curtain-raising event.