LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Mark Sangiao and the Team Lakay wanted a gym of their own and the Benguet State University, which is home to him, may just provide the answer to that.
In a meeting Monday with BSU officials led by newly installed president Dr. Saliang Comilla, a place for that could be found within the school campus after the latter agreed to a partnership “that will benefit both parties.”
“We need patience, passion, perseverance and prayer to reach success. We’ll work together, we’ll dream together,” says Dr. Comila while recognizing the valuable contributions of Team Lakay and their athletes to the region and the whole country as well.
“Team Lakay should also be recognized as a National Treasure,” the President emphasized.
In a Team Lakay release, Sangiao “promised to work hand in hand with the institution by molding young people and by helping in any sporting events and programs the school and region might have nationally and internationally. “
“We would like to pass our knowledge and skills to the younger generations and continue to make champions,” said Sangiao, who was accompanied by Team Lakay big guns Eduard Folayang, Kevin Belingon, Geje Eustaquio, Stephen Loman and Joshua Pacio.
The Lakay champions “all expressed their gratitude to the president and to BSU for pledging their help to the team so the legacy they have started may continue.”
Young guns, Jhanlo Mark Sangiao (coach Sangiao’s son) and Islay Erika Bomogao, both BSU alumni and currently members of Team Lakay and National Muay Thai Team, were also present during the meeting.
BSU officials present during the meeting were Prof. Frael Aquino, Special Assistant to BSU’s President for Sports and Wellness concerns; Dr. Harland Gary Pawid, a member of the Board of Regents of the institution and will be sworn in as the Federation President of the Faculty Club this coming March; Dr. Rex Bawang, Institute of Human Kinetics Director; and Mr Ryan Batinay of IHK Faculty; and the Combative Coach and Engr. Feliciano Delos Santos, BSU Land Reservation Office Director.
Dr. Comila was selected as the seventh BSU President and took his oath on November 26 last year.
The meeting came a year after a meeting with Benguet caretaker congressman Eric Go Yap at the Team Lakay gym in Puguis here where the ACT – CIS offered to build a gym for the famed stable which has produced four ONE Championship titlists.
Yap said that it could be done at the Wangal Sports Complex, but construction of a gym named after the team which the legislator calla Benguet treasure has become a political issue.