June 14, 2024

More than just helping and promo-ting mixed martial arts in the country, Team Lakay is getting recognition beyond its accomplishment after it got accreditation from the Department of Tourism-Cordillera as a tourism center.  

For Team Lakay and coach Mark Sangiao, the accreditation is more than just a recognition of the fighters’ prowess in the cage but a validation of their commitment to their craft and the community.

CIVILITY — Games and Amusement Board Chairperson, Atty. Richard S. Clarin, and Contact Sports Division Chief Jackie Lou Cacho facilitated talks between Team Lakay, headed by Mark Sangiao, and Lions Nation MMA founders led by Eduard Folayang. The cordial reunion and mutual agreement highlight the professionalism and strong relationships within the mixed martial arts industry. — GAB photo

Sa amin, this DOT accreditation proves that we are not only contributing to the economy to the country and region sa Cordillera but it also shows that dinadayo talaga tayo ng tao either for tourism purposes or sports and training purposes,” Sangiao said.

Under the secondary tourism enterprises, tourism recreation centers are facilities and services that may be related to tourism and getting accredited means they follow the minimum DOT standards.

Sports and recreational club/centers are establishments offering sports and recreational facilities to tourists and the general public.

With Team Lakay’s newfound status as a tourism recreation center, MMA in the Cordillera is expecting a renaissance.

Even before the accreditation, Team Lakay has been opening its doors not only to MMA fighters in the region to cross train but to a broader audience, inviting tourists and enthusiasts to experience the thrill of MMA up close.

Visitors from all corners of the globe flock to the Cordillera, drawn not only by the breathtaking scenery but by the opportunity to train alongside some of the sport’s most celebrated athletes.

Amidst the accolade, Team Lakay remains grounded, never forgetting their roots or the values that had guided them on their journey and continue to give back to their community, organizing programs and events to help discover the next MMA star.

Sangiao added the accreditation is the first of its kind in the country. – Press release