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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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