LEGAZPI CITY, March 2 — The fund raising drive launched in Albay province for Olympic figure skater Michael Christian Martinez collected P200,348 and $1.25 in totals.
Governor Joey Salceda personally turned over the money to Martinez and his mother as contribution to the expenses of the athlete in the (recently concluded) Sochi Olympics.
It must be recalled that the drive to generate donations from Albay supporters was launched as Piso para sa Pusong Pilipino: People’s Valentine Gift for Michael.
The 17-year-old Martinez was the first Filipino to represent the Philippines at the Winter Olympics in decades, and the first from Southeast Asia in figure skating competition.
Meanwhile, Martinez is expected to visit Albay any day during the Daragang Magayon Festival, according to Salceda.