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Team Lakay’s Kevin Belingon: We Igorots are taught to be self-reliant

Kevin Belingon (© ONE Championship)

Kevin Belingon (© ONE Championship)

A proud Igorot, Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon, 32, of Ifugao, Philippines is making innovative ways to survive not only as an individual but also as a mixed martial artist during the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The former ONE Bantamweight World Champion is taking it to social media to demonstrate how he is doing this.

“As a proud Igorot, we are taught to be self-reliant and fend for ourselves during trying times,” Belingon stated. “We are also very obedient and respectful to our leaders.”

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Belingon has been training with his Team Lakay teammate Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, 24, the reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion, who happens to be in the same village with him in Baguio City, Philippines. The two have also been participating in the philanthropic activities of their team.

 

Founded by Mark “The Machine” Sangiao, 41, Team Lakay is home to some of the top athletes in ONE Championship. Among Belingon and Pacio’s teammates are Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly, 35, Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang, 27, Southeast Asian Games 2019 gold medalist Gina “Conviction” Iniong Gina “Conviction” Iniong, 30, ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix finalist Danny “The King” Kingad, 24, former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario, 30, former ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, 31, and former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 36.

“Aside from spending most of my time with my family, I continue to look for ways to be able to train,” Belingon said. “Since I can’t go to the gym, I brought the gym to me and improvised some equipment so that I can do my home workouts.”

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