Cordillera’s top amateur female Muay Thai athlete Islay Erika Bomogao is getting commendations from the city council to the Senate for her victorious campaign in the 2023 IFMA Senior World Championship in Bangkok, Thailand.
At the Senate, Sen. Robinhood Padilla joined Filipinos in commending Bomogao for being the first female Filipino to become Muay Thai world champion by dominating the 45-kilogram category in the combat side.
Bomogao likewise won silver in the senior female wai kru (form) category of one of the most prestigious Muay Thai competitions in the world.
“This is not the first time Bomogao has proven her tenacity inside the Muay Thai ring before the international arena. In 2017, she bagged a gold medal in the first World Martial Arts Masterships in Jincheon, South Korea, before her phenomenal triumph at the IFMA World Youth Muay Thai Championship in Thailand in 2018. Bomogao also managed to bring home a silver medal in the 2019 East Asian Muay Thai Championships,” said Padilla, who traces his roots to Baguio City.
Earlier, the Muaythai Association of the Philippines (MAP) broke the news that the first female Filipino Muay Thai world champion is from the Cordillera.
“We are incredibly proud to announce that Islay Erika Bomogao has made history by becoming the first Filipina Muaythai world champion at the 2023 IFMA Senior World Championship,” MAP announced in its official social media account.
“Her dedication and hard work have paid off, and she has proven that Filipinos are a force to be reckoned with in the world of combat sports,” it added.
MAP also claimed Bomogao has been an inspiration to all the young women who aspire to be Muay Thai world champion. – Harley F. Palangchao