Two athletes training out of Team Lakay in La Trinidad, Benguet, Philippines will represent the Philippines in the Southeast Asian Games 2019 in Muay Thai. They are Islay Erika Bomogao, 19, Alexis Badol Mayag-as, 18.
Born on November 8, 2000, Bomogao weighs 45kg and stands 152.7cm. She is a Benguet State University student.
Mayag-as was born on June 7, 2001. He weighs 48kg and stands 167.6cm.
Bomogao and Mayag-as’s fellow Team Lakay athlete Aldrich Toralba, 17, is also representing the Philippines in Asian Muaythai Championships 2019, which will take place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from December 17-21, 2019. Toralba was born on September 26, 2002 and he weighs 54kg.
In 2017, Toralba was a gold medalist in the 51kg division at Philippines’ Muay Thai National Open held at Elorde Sports Complex in Parañaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines. In 2018, he and Mayag-as were gold medalists at the Muay Thai National Championships at the Philippine Sports Center Complex in Pasig City, Metro Manila.
Toralba and Mayag-as competed in the inaugural Northern Luzon Muay Thai Championship 2019. The former bagged the gold medal while the latter won the silver medal.
In 2017, Bomogao earned a gold medal at the inaugural World Martial Arts Masterships in Jincheon, South Korea. She won another gold medal at the International Federation of Muaythai Associations World Youth Muaythai Championship in Bangkok, Thailand in 2018.
Bomogao, Mayag-as and Toralba are all training under the tutelage of Team Lakay founder and head coach Coach Mark Sangiao. A 2001 SEA Games wushu gold medalist and a former national coach of the Philippine wushu team, Sangiao is also one of the coaches of the Philippines’ SEA Games 2019 athletes competing in kickboxing.
Also from Team Lakay, Gina “Conviction” Iniong, 30, Jerry “The Bokodian Warrior” Olsim, 24, and Jean Claude Saclag, 25, are a member of the kickboxing team. They are all professional MMA fighters.
As a professional MMA fighter, Bomogao has 2 wins and 0 loss while Toralba has 1 win and 0 loss. Mayag-as has yet to make his professional MMA debut.
The 2019 SEA Games is the 30th edition of the biennial regional multi-sport event and it marks the fourth time it is hosted by the Philippines. The event took place in the country in 1981, 1991 and 2005.
Meanwhile, watch one of Bomogao’s professional MMA bouts here: