Team Lakay founder and head coach Mark Sangiao was recognized over the weekend as the
Philippines Most Outstanding Muliti-Awarded Coach. Sangiao during the Gintong Parangal is not just a coach but also a “Man of Compassion, Inspiring, Dedicated in Leadership.” Sangiao and former Gilas and PBA star Mark Pingris were the only two sports personalities recognized during the ceremony held at Okada Manila.

“I have received several international and local awards and this one so far is one of the best because of its scope which includes awardees from the academic, public service and entertainment,” said Sangiao. Now in its second year, the Gintong Parangal is an awards ceremony that celebrates the
achievements and contributions of Filipino personalities that have profound impact on Filipino
society. The awards recognize outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to the different sectors of the society.

Sangiao’s recognition at the Gintong Parangal 2023 comes as no surprise to those familiar with his illustrious career. For nearly two decades, Sangiao has been a pillar in the world of martial arts. After winning a gold in wushu sanda in the Southeast Asian Games in 2001, Sangiao moved on to become a coach of the Philippine wushu team. He moved on to found Team Lakay as he then moved to mixed martial arts (MMA) where he found greater success especially when he zeroed in on the sport and became one of the original squads competing in the then fledgling ONE Championship.

Under his guidance, Team Lakay fighters have clinched numerous titles and championships, making their mark on the global MMA scene. Sangiao’s impact stretches far beyond the gym, as he has played a pivotal role in the growth of MMA in the Philippines. His emphasis on discipline, hard work, and respect has not only produced champions but has also instilled valuable life lessons in his athletes. His commitment to nurturing young talents and guiding them to the pinnacle of their sport has earned him respect and admiration from peers and fans alike.

Receiving the Gintong Parangal 2023 Award is not just a personal achievement for Sangiao which is a testament to his enduring commitment to Philippine sports.

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