BAGUIO CITY: The Baguio City government on Friday gave recognition to two sports icons who brought pride and honor to the city and the whole country.
City Mayor Mauricio Domogan led other city officials in giving recognition to Eduard “The Landslide” Folayang and Divine Masadao Wally during the celebration of the City Hall Employees Week here.
In Resolution No. 291, Folayang and his coach Marquez Sangiao were commended for winning the lightweight championship belt in the One Championship 49: Defending Honor held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, Kallang, Singapore last month.
Through Resolution No. 268, Wally and her coach Tan Sui Tong “Tony” Candelaria (Tsing Tsong Tsai) were cited for bagging the gold medal in the 8th Sanda World Cup in Xian, China also in November.
Folayang, a mixed martial artist and wushu practitioner, is the reigning welterweight champion of the Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC) and has won several international Wushu tournaments, including gold medals in the last two South East Asian games, a silver medal in the 2006 Doha Asian Games and bronze medals in both the 2005 World Wushu Championship and the 2002 Busan Asian Games.
The resolution states “his sensational victory and his hard training paid off and has earned him title of the newly minted One Lightweight World Championship kingpin.”
The resolution further stated “this extraordinary and remarkable feat of Folayang and his coach Sangiao has once again placed the Philippines in the limelight and has brought honor and pride not only to their family but to the city of Baguio as a whole”.
Folayang is now considered by sports journalists and Filipino spectators as the face of Philippines mixed martial arts.
Folayang fought in the main event for the “One Lightweight World Championship Title”.
Folayang ended the nine-fight winning streak of Japanese champion Shinya Aoki with technical knockout in the third round and took home the lightweight belt.
Meanwhile, Wally made history as the first Filipina to win the gold medal in the 8th World Wushu Championships held at Jakarta, Indonesia last year and another gold medal in the 9th Asian Wushu Championship held in Taoyuan, Taiwan last September.
“Wally being the reigning Wushu Sanda World Champion retained her title in the recently concluded 8th Sanda World cup held at Xi’an City, Shaanxi Province, China last month,” the resolution stated.
Folayang and Wally waved to the city residents as they were paraded around the Central Business District in a motorcade.