March 24, 2023

Team Lakay fighters once again converged at their headquarters in La Trinidad, Benguet, not to train, but this time to repack and haul out relief goods to those in need.

Former ONE Championship lightweight world champion Eduard Folayang, together with other fighters, was seen helping out in repacking 300 packs of relief goods as the central gym has been temporarily converted into a distribution center for relief goods. 

On April 24, the team has distributed 200 relief packs to Barangay Balili in La Trinidad and Barangay Navy Base in Baguio City as part of their efforts in reaching out to the community in this time of crisis.

Team Lakay Chair Mark Sangiao said the remaining relief goods would be given to some stranded students in Baguio as well as to their members in need.

“There are stranded students messaging us asking for help so they will be part of the relief drive,” Sangiao said.

Earlier, Asia’s top mixed martial arts team also distributed relief packs to 250 families in Twin Peaks as well as to other families at Camps 4 and 5 in Tuba, Benguet and in Barangay Cruz, La Trinidad and in Sablan in partnership with the Benguet Congressional Office of Rep. Eric Go Yap of the ACT-CIS party-list. 

Sangiao said they coordinated with the respective municipal and barangay officials for the distribution of the relief goods to those in need.

“We’ll see in the coming days if there would be available resources, then we would be distributing another batch of relief goods again,” Sangiao said.

He added they are pooling their resources with fellow Team Lakay members who want to extend help to the communities in need.

He said with the extended enhanced community quarantine, his athletes would still be training in their own respective homes.

Aside from helping out those in need, Cordillera’s MMA superstars also encouraged the community to maintain their health by posting workout routines in their personal Facebook accounts and in other social media platforms. – Ofelia C. Empian