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Team Lakay to Foster MMA Talent Through Grappling TournamentTagaytay City to Host PhilCycling BMX National Championships

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet - In an effort to cultivate new talent in the realm of mixed martial arts (MMA), Team Lakay has announced the Grappling Cup, scheduled for March 3, aimed at fighters aged 16 and above.

According to Philippines News Agency, this initiative is part of the martial arts training center's grassroots program designed to discover and nurture young talent capable of competing on the international stage.

Team Lakay, located in the capital of Benguet, La Trinidad, is renowned for producing world-class MMA fighters, including Eduard Folayang, Kevin Belingon, Honorio Banario, and Joshua Pacio, who have achieved international recognition. The Grappling Cup represents Team Lakay's dedication to extending its influence to the grassroots level, offering aspiring grapplers the chance to develop their skills and gain competitive experience.

Sangiao highlighted the importance of the tournament in providing necessary training and exposure for young athletes in the community. He also mentioned Team Lakay's collaboration with the non-profit organization Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) as a move to expand the center's community engagement efforts through sports and to promote healthy living among the youth.

Following the tournament, a memorandum of agreement will be signed, marking the official partnership between Team Lakay and YMCA, and solidifying their commitment to fostering martial arts talent and supporting community health and wellness initiatives.

Tagaytay City, Philippines - The Integrated Cycling Federation of the Philippines (PhilCycling) has announced the hosting of its National Championships for BMX Freestyle in Park and Flatland disciplines. Scheduled from March 22 to 24, the event will take place at the Tagaytay City BMX Park and Combat Gym.

According to Philippines News Agency, this tournament is pivotal as it will determine the composition of the national team for 2024. The championships will feature competitions across Men and Women Elite categories for both Park and Freestyle disciplines.

Additionally, the event will include competitions in the Men and Women Open and Junior categories, the latter open to participants born between 2007 and 2017, for both disciplines. The championships are supported by the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), led by Tagaytay City Mayor Abraham 'Bambol' Tolentino, the Philippine Sports Commission chaired by Richard Bachmann, and the City of Tagaytay.

Participants interested in registering for the event can contact the PhilCycling Deputy Secretary-General through email at philcycling.offroad@gmail.com, or through the registration links provided on the event's official Facebook page. The deadline for registration is set for March 15.