Team Lakay chair Mark Sangiao’s recent award during the Gintong Parangal proved his achievements in the world of mixed martial arts has gone beyond the confines of the cage.
Sangiao was one of the awardees re-cognized on weekend as the Philippines’ most outstanding, multi-awarded head coach and a man of compassion, inspiring, and leadership award.
Sangiao, together with former Gilas and Philippine Basketball Association star Mark Pingris, were the only two sports personalities during the ceremony held at Okada Manila.
“I have received several international and local awards and this one so far is one of the best because of its scope which includes awardees from the academic, public service, and entertainment,” said Sangiao.
Now in its second year, the Gintong Parangal is an awards ceremony that celebrates the achievements and contributions of Filipino personalities who have profound impact on Filipino society.
The awards recognize outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to the different sectors of the society.
Sangiao’s recognition at the Gintong Parangal 2023 comes as no surprise to those familiar with his illustrious career.
He established Team Lakay, which has become a breeding ground for some of the country’s most exceptional MMA ta-lents.
Under his guidance, Team Lakay fighters have clinched numerous titles and championships, ma-king their mark on the global MMA scene.
Sangiao’s impact stretches far beyond the gym, as he has played a pivotal role in the growth of MMA in the Philippines. His emphasis on discipline, hard work, and respect has not only produced champions but has also instilled valuable life lessons in his athletes.
His commitment to nurturing young talent and guiding them to the pinnacle of their sport has earned him respect and admiration from peers and fans alike.
Receiving the Gintong Parangal 2023 Award is not just a personal achievement for Sangiao, which is a testament to his enduring commitment to Philippine sports. – Press release