Team Lakay continues to show that they are not just real-life superheroes inside the Circle, but outside of it, too.
The Baguio City, Philippines-based martial arts stable teamed up with the ACT-CIS Partylist to help the elderly and their less fortunate compatriots around the Benguet area as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to spread throughout the region.
Head coach Mark Sangiao, ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, and former ONE World Champions Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon, and Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio were among the group who reached out to the community with their Mobile Tulong (Mobile Assistance) project on Friday, 17 April.
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As covid 19 sweeps across the world our main roles are to uplift, build, pray and championing each other. At the end of the day all we have is each other too. We are so grateful to be instruments of help to our susceptible senior citizens through the support/aid of Benguet caretaker @congericgoyap #TogetherWeAreStronger #TeamLakay #WhereChampionsofLife #WehealasONE #martialarts “I know who I have believed and am persuaded that he will guard what I have entrusted to him till the end” (2 Timothy 1:12),
The team packed fresh vegetables, fruits, and rice to address the needs of the citizens, who are currently in their respective homes during this crisis.
“It was a success. We were able to distribute relief goods to our senior citizens in Benguet with our partnership through congressman Eric Go Yap of ACT-CIS Partylist,” Sangiao says.
“We thought some of the members of our community were struggling, so some of the Team Lakay members who have more than enough opted to reach out and join our congressman’s project. Together, with our own project, Mobile Tulong, it bolstered the entire initiative.”
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Folayang spoke about the traits that he believes make a champion in society and how those characteristics extend far beyond the Circle.
“As COVID-19 sweeps across the world, our main roles are to uplift, build, pray, and champion each other,” the Filipino martial arts icon says.
“At the end of the day, all we have is each other, too. We are grateful to be instruments of help to our susceptible senior citizens through the support and aid of our Benguet caretaker.”
Though uncertainty looms over the Philippines as the number of COVID-19 cases rises, Sangiao urges his countrymen to hang on, focus on the positives, and help others if they can in these extraordinary and unprecedented times.
“We have to remain strong, keep our faith, and maintain a positive attitude. These trials and challenges shall pass,” he says.
“Let’s take care of ourselves, stay healthy, and pick each other up in this crisis. Let’s look at the Lord for guidance and the safety of us all.”