Mark Stephen Loman defended his BRAVE CF Bantamweight World Championship for the fourth time on November 23rd. His repeated success as the champion caught the attention of the Baguio City Council, after which he was honored by his home town.
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ONE Championship will hold "ONE: Fire and Fury" at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on January 31, 2020. It will the Singapore-based martial arts organization's second event in 2020.
The 23-year-old Pacio, who hails from Baguio City, captured the strawweight belt with a unanimous decision victory over Japanese veteran Yoshitaka Naito in September of 2018, but surrendered the title to another Japanese warrior in Shooto World Champion Yosuke Saruta in his first defense. Months later, Pacio avenged that defeat by knocking Saruta out with a head kick to regain ONE Championship gold.
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Igorot mixed martial artist Lito "Thunder Kid" Adiwang, 26, successfully made his ONE Championship debut at "ONE: Century 世紀" in Tokyo, Japan. He is training out of Team Lakay in La Trinidad, Benguet, Philippines.
Winning at "ONE: Century 世紀" improved the professional MMA record of Adiwang to 10 wins and 2 losses. On the other hand, Ikeda now has 12 wins, 8 losses and 1 draw.
Adiwang's most recent bout was at "ONE Warrior Series 7" in Singapore on August 6, 2019. He defeated Anthony "The Antidote" Do, 26, of Vietnam.
Born on March 23, 1993, Adiwang has been competing professionally since 2012. He is now riding a six-bout winning streak.
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With the whole world reeling from the effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, one of the most important things to take care of is one's physical and mental health. Amidst the uncertainty however, members of the famed Team Lakay stable in Baguio City, Philippines have managed to keep themselves and their families strong, safe, and above all else, sound of mind. And they owe a lot of it to their Igorot heritage.
Proudly representing their roots, the Team Lakay stars share what they've been up to during the lockdown and how their Igorot traits have helped them greatly during this time of crisis.
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Ifugaos unique ritual for the dead vanishing
LAGAWE, Ifugao , Philippines - The Ifugaos' traditional and unique way of honoring their dead - known as bogwa - seems to be vanishing.
Today, locals say only few Ifugao natives perform the ritual, given the changes in burial practices and modern cemeteries. Natives have also begun leaving to settle in urban areas.
Bogwa is the practice of exhuming the bones of the dead, cleaning and rewrapping them after a year or more depending on necessity and returning them to the grave or lubuk.
It is considered one of the most expensive rituals of the Ifugao natives as animals have to be offered during the three days it is being performed.
But being a family responsibility to honor a deceased loved one, it is being done as the Ifugaos do not observe All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day like most Filipinos.
Marcos Bantiyan, former vice mayor of Hingyon town, said bogwa repeats the usual burial ceremonies when an Ifugao dies, except this time without expressions of grief.
"It's more on feasting rather than mourning, pigs and carabaos will be offered for three days to appease the spirits of the dead," Bantiyan said.
According to Bantiyan, the Ifugaos believe bogwa is necessary so those left behind will prosper and live in peace with the spirits of their departed loved ones.
It is also the Ifugaos' way of showing love and valuing what their deceased loved ones have done for them, Bantiyan said.
Apo Daniel Himayod, now 80 and who has served as a traditional mumbaki (pagan priest), said bogwa is also needed if any member of the family keeps on dreaming of their departed loved ones, if a widow or widower wishes to remarry or if the family has been experiencing sickness without knowing the reason.
Himayod said as a mumbaki, he believes that sometimes sickness could be caused by the displeasure of spirits of the departed.
During the first day of the three-day ritual, mumbakis and other tribal elders including gong beaters will perform the gohwat in the morning by taking out the remains from the gungat (traditional burial chamber) or urn, cleaning the bones, arranging them in proper position and wrapping them in traditional woven cloth called gamong before bringing them to a residence for bogwa.
The second day is called kadwa where immediate family members continue to prepare food and drink (rice wine) for visitors who attend the ritual, since the invitation for bogwa is open not only within the village but even outside the community.
At 3 p.m. in the afternoon of the katlu or third day of the ritual, the bones are brought back to the grave with gong accompaniment, with the skull positioned facing the opening of the gungat.
Animals like pigs are butchered every day of the bogwa, with some specific parts of the slaughtered animals given to relatives of the deceased as a sign of kinship, while the rest of the meat is cooked and served to the people joining the wake.
"In some cases, bogwa is more expensive than marriage because of the presence of people who attend the wake for three days and two nights," Himayod said.
Himayod said traditionally, early Ifugaos did not embalm their dead or place the body inside coffins and thus, the corpse decayed fast and was ready for bogwa after a year.
"In the Ifugao original practice, the dead was wrapped in a traditional blanket called bay-yaung and placed in a sitting position called hangdel, but now, the dead are embalmed and buried in coffins," Himayod said.
Because of the embalming practices, Himayod said the cadaver is still intact even after three to five years and when bogwa is performed, the bones have to be separated forcibly from the remaining flesh as a requirement for cleaning.
"I usually perform baki (pagan prayer) during those days but now, different religious sectors are participating by praying and singing religious songs during bogwa instead of baki and hudhud," Himayod added.
Aside from bogwa, one of the fast disappearing practices of the Ifugao is the multi-chambered burial site called gungat.
Alongside preparation of the terraces centuries ago was the gungat, the original lubuk (cemetery) of the Ifugao engineered by the ammod (forebears) for their kinsmen.
Bantiyan, whose family owns a gungat in Hingyon town, said a typical gungat has a small entrance and tunnel leading to the burial chambers, each containing bones of the departed descendants with space enough for kinsmen of the family that owns the burial place.
But according to tradition, only the kadangyan or wealthy families have the right to be buried in gungat, while ordinary people will be buried near their abung or traditional house.
(PHOTO: The pre-Hispanic multi-chambered burial sites or gungat in Barangay Bitu, Hingyon, Ifugao. By VICTOR MARTIN)
Read more at www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/11/01/1754835/ifugaos-unique...
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Representing the Philippines, mixed martial artists Gina "Conviction" Iniong, 30, Jerry "The Bokodian Warrior" Olsim, 24, and Jean Claude Saclag, 25, will compete in kickboxing in the Southeast Asian Games 2019. They are all members of Team Lakay, an MMA team based in La Trinidad, Benguet, Philippines.
The 2019 Sea Games is the 30th edition of the biennial regional multi-sport event. It will take place in the Philippines from November 30, 2019 to December 11, 2019.
As a professional MMA fighter, Iniong won four out of six ONE Championship bouts from 2017 to 2019. Olsim won four out of five ONE Warrior Series bouts from 2018 to 2019 while Saclag lost when he made his professional MMA debut in Shooto.
Aside from Iniong, Olsim and Saclag, three other members of the Philippines' SEA Games 2019 kickboxing team are also from the Cordillera Administrative Region namely Renalyn "Renz" Dasalla Dacquel, 22, and Karol Estepa Maguide, 19, who are both training at Highland Boxing Gym, and University of Baguio student Jomar "Xanda Boy" Balangui, 21. The other two members namely Ruel Catalan, 21, and Rex "T-Rex" De Lara, 37, are both from Iloilo.
For the SEA Games 2019, the eight Filipino kickboxers in Taiwan, Cambodia and in La Trinidad. They will face their opponents from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste and Vietnam at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines from December 6-10, 2019.
The eight reserves are Robin "The Ilonggo" Catalan, 31, Danny "The King" Kingad, 24, Rosemarie Recto, 19, Xavier Villanueva, Daryle Wadasen, 19, Carlos Alvarez, Emmanuel Cantores and Janica Alawas, 20. Both Robin and Kingad, a Team Lakay representative, are ONE Championship athletes.
Team Lakay founder and head coach Mark "The Machine" Sangiao, 40, is one of the coaches of the team. He is also a former national coach of Philippine wushu team
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