June 17, 2024

Former ONE featherweight world champion Honorio Banario of the famed Team Lakay is looking to embark on another run at the ONE world title this year. 
The 31-year-old Mankayan, Benguet native feels reenergized and extra motivated to build on his sole victory in 2020 – a close split decision against fellow top featherweight Shannon Wiratchai of Thailand.
After spending the holidays with close family and helping out Filipinos in need with his brethren at Team Lakay, Banario wants to tell fans to expect an epic resurgence for the Philippines’ premiere martial arts troupe.
“I met with the team before New Year’s Eve, and we spent the end of 2020 giving out aid to people in need. Coach Mark (Sangiao) and the team agreed to all do a small donation program. There are so many people out there who had a rough year, who had to go through the pandemic, through floods and calamities, and endured days of hunger. The least we could do was help out in our own little way,” Banario said.
“This year, the team is motivated to bounce back as we adapt ourselves and our training methodologies to the new normal. We are all reinvigorated and fired up to return to our dominance in the circle,” he added.
Banario was one of the few bright spots for Team Lakay in 2020. The team suffered a series of painful setbacks as former champions Eduard Folayang and Kevin Belingon, as well as rising star Lito Adiwang, all experienced defeat in late 2020.
Once the inaugural ONE featherweight world champion, Banario wants nothing more than to return to his former glory, and to wear the gold around his waist again. 
“I really want to become a champion and hold that belt again. To do that, I have to stay strong in challenging times and constantly move forward to pursue my dreams. That goes for the rest of the team. We will prove once again that here at Team Lakay, champions are not born, they are made,” Banario said. – Harley F. Palangchao