Filipino mixed martial arts pioneer Mark Sangiao is willing to join “The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition.” For the Team Lakay founder and head coach, it will be an opportunity of a lifetime.
“More than a hundred percent, I would say yes if given the chance,” Sangiao said of being a contestant of “The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition.” “I would do anything that would be good for me, my family, my athletes, Team Lakay and future warriors. An opportunity like that would be hard to say no to.”
What will be the prize for the winning apprentice?
As in the original “The Apprentice” show, the special ONE Championship edition of the hit reality TV series will feature 16 contestants from various parts of the world who will compete against each other in a high-stakes game of business competitions and physical challenges. The winner will get a US$250,000 job offer to work directly under ONE Championship founder, chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong for a year in Singapore.
Thousands of applications have already poured in and ONE Championship has yet to announce the contestants as the selection and casting process is underway. The show will put contestants in similar tough situations with its business challenges presenting a real-world set of tasks to complete, some seemingly impossible.
What makes Sangiao the perfect candidate?
Similar to what Sangiao has already experienced in his life, contestants will have to dig deep and be creative in overcoming the odds. He recalled, “Early in my martial arts career, I would borrow money countless times just so I could travel from Baguio to Manila every time I had a fight.”
“Life was hard,” Sangiao continued. “I started from zero. I had nothing.”
Sangiao made the lonely six-hour trip to the Philippines’ capital all by himself with no coaches and no teammates in tow. He would compete and return to Baguio City with his earnings, which was not even enough to make it through and provide for his needs on a daily basis.
“When I was teaching martial arts, I used to jog six kilometers everyday both ways from La Trinidad to Baguio City since I had no money to pay for my jeepney fare,” Sangiao shared. “Some students would help me by giving me five pesos so I didn’t have to travel on foot. I taught for passion, for almost no pay.”
Certainly, Sangiao has come a long way from his humble beginnings but for him, there is no secret to his success. He said it was just pure hard work and determination and it was always the will to succeed.
One thing that makes Sangiao stand out is his remarkable mind. Whatever challenges he is faced with, he is always able to devise ways to get past his obstacles.
For Sangiao, the perfect “The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition” candidate has to have that strong determination to make goals materialize. He added that the candidate needs to “know how to take risks, but calculated risks with smart filtering decisions and to be prepared for whatever results may come.”