Team Lakay is proud of the mural painting of Harold Banario who is one of its members. Team Lakay founder and head coach Mark Sangiao admired Banario's 13 by 24 feet mural work located at the Baguio Athletic Bowl in the City of Baguio.
Eduard Folayang described Banario's artwork as beautiful. Kevin Belingon called the mural painting "super ganda". While Geje Eustaquio said that Banario’s artwork is “gwapo” and he hopes the painting will be completed soon.
The artwork features eight former and current champion members of Team Lakay such as Eduard Folayang, Kevin Belingon, Stephen Loman, Crisanto Pitpitunge, Jeje Eustaquio, Honorio Banario, and Joshua Pacio as well as their coach Mark Sangiao.
According to the coach, the mural painting is not finished yet so its lines and colors are not yet perfect but he insisted that the true beauty and meaning of the artwork are reflected in it.
Sangiao said that it describes Team Lakay, which started from the bottom but can now be called one of the most successful teams in the Mixed Martial Arts world.
The coach said this is just proof that problems and weaknesses do not hinder the achievement of success.
Sangiao hopes that Banario's artwork will inspire others.
The mural is taking its complete form, slowly but firmly and powerfully. The lines are not perfect straight, the colours are not flawless and even the surface has cracks and bumps. But that's the beauty.
The crooked lines, the blemished colours, the rough surfaces - these imperfections are not ugly, rather the perfect additives to create a solid team, a solid family, a solid path, a solid goal. A team that started from nothing. A team that proved to the world that you can create something big from zero, something beautiful from plain.
We hope that this mural may serve as an inspiration to us all to enhance our lives. Let this be a reminder to keep hunting our dreams down and to believe that inferiorities in life are not valid excuses for us to give up. Impediments are the springboards to champion life. Just keep going.
Remember that these faces on the wall did not start from the top, they started from the very bottom and they haven't reach the peak yet, not yet. The journey is unending and ruthless. But that's the beauty.
Harold Banario of Balili, Mankayan, Benguet, on the other hand, assured that he will immediately finish the said mural painting and he plans to put other faces on it, including his own.
Team Lakay is known as a martial arts group based in Baguio City and is called the premier martial arts collective in Asia because of its members who can be considered world-class competitors.