Melissa Bulanhagui

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Melissa Bulanhagui
Personal information
Full name Melissa Carmen Bulanhagui
Country represented Philippines
Former country(ies) represented United States
Born (1990-08-16) August 16, 1990 (age 26)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Residence Newark, Delaware
Height 5 ft 0 in (1.52 m)
Coach Karen Ludington,
Ron Ludington,
Kat Arbour
Choreographer Karen Ludington
Skating club University of Delaware FSC
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 127.25
2008 JGP Italy
Short program 50.36
2008 JGP Italy
Free skate 84.76
2015 Four Continents

Melissa Carmen Bulanhagui[1] (born August 16, 1990 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a Filipino-American figure skater. She is the 2010 Nebelhorn Trophy bronze medalist. She represented the United States until 2011. In September 2011, she announced that she would represent the Philippines in future competitions.[2]


Bulanhagui won the junior bronze medal at the 2006 U.S. Championships. She made her ISU Junior Grand Prix debut the following season, winning a silver medal and placing 4th in her other event. She qualified for the Final where she finished 4th.

In 2007, Bulanhagui sprained her right ankle twice and tore a ligament while practicing triple lutzes.[3] During the 2008–09 season, she won a gold medal at the Junior Grand Prix event in Italy and placed 9th in her other event. Bulanhagui won bronze at the 2010 Nebelhorn Trophy, her first senior international medal.

In September 2011, Bulanhagui announced she would compete at the national championships of the Philippines in November 2011 and would become eligible for international events in the 2012-13 season.[2][4]

Personal life[edit]

Bulanhagui's parents are both from the Philippines.[5] She speaks and understands some Tagalog although she is not fluent.[4] ...[1] She received her Philippine passport in October 2011.[4]


Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
  • Tango
  • Slow Dancing
    by Bill Conte

Competitive highlights[edit]

For the Philippines[edit]

Event 2011–2012 2012–2013 2013–2014 2014-2015
Four Continents 17th 15th
Asian Trophy 3rd
U.S. Classic 7th
Philippine Champ. 1st

For the United States[edit]

Event 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11
Nebelhorn 3rd
International: Junior
JGP Final 4th
JGP Belarus 9th
JGP Bulgaria 5th
JGP Czech 4th
JGP Italy 1st
JGP Romania 2nd
Gardena 1st J.
National or regional
U.S. Champ. 8th N. 3rd J. 12th 8th 12th 10th
NACS 2nd J.
Eastern Sect. 4th N. 2nd J. 2nd 6th 2nd 2nd
South Atl. Reg. 9th N. 10th N. 4th N. 1st J. 1st
N. = Novice level; J. = Junior level; JGP = Junior Grand Prix


  1. ^ a b Brannen, Sarah S.; Meekins, Drew (August 25, 2011). "The Inside Edge: Bradley takes mound for Royals". Icenetwork. Retrieved August 25, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Melissa Bulanhagui to represent Philippines". Figure Skaters Online. September 14, 2011. Retrieved September 15, 2011. 
  3. ^ Belluck, Pam (June 22, 2009). "Science Takes to the Ice". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ a b c Blanchard, Jamie (October 18, 2011). "Bulanhagui: It is my chance to compete for my parents". Figure Skaters Online. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  5. ^ Yu, Sylvia (January 8, 2005). "Spotlight on Melissa Bulanhagui - Interview". Unseen Skaters. Retrieved January 11, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Melissa BULANHAGUI: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on April 26, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Melissa BULANHAGUI: 2007/2008". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 17, 2008. 
  8. ^ "Melissa BULANHAGUI: 2006/2007". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 2, 2007. 
  9. ^ a b "Competition Results: Melissa BULANHAGUI". International Skating Union. 

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