Growing up in the Philippines, Eduard Folayang lost five siblings to illness. His parents lived in poverty, unable to afford basic medicine. This life, in the hills of Baguio, shaped him into the World Champion he is today.
“The challenge was that when you were building a house, you needed to carry the cement, the sand, and the gravel from the road to here,” recounted Folayang. “What we did when we were kids was carry bags of cement and gravel, and then we had money.
“It’s those things we did when we were young that helped develop our muscles and our toughness.”