Muay thai artist Islay Erika Bomogao donates one month athlete allowance to Baguio LGU

May 8, 2020
PHOTO: (Left) Islay Erika Bomagao | Facebook, (Right) Muay Thai Association

THOUGH Philippine sports is on an extended hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there's still a long list of champions who've spent their time off the sporting battlefield to face an even bigger fight.

One of them is Philippine muay thai athlete Islay Erika Bomogao, a Southeast Asian Games silver medalist who donated her one-month allowance from the Muay Thai Association to give additional financial assistance for relief operations in Baguio City, her hometown.

“I received lots of blessings from last year. I think it’s a nice way to give back,” she told SPIN Life. “My hometown contributed a big percent of who I am, not just as an athlete but as a person."

The 19-year-old martial artist,a proud member of MMA stable of Team Lakay, credits the community for a big portion of success in her young career. And her effort is just one way to reward the culture that honed her to be the martial artist that she is.

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“To be a good athlete, [I believe] you have to be taraki (a Kankana-ey word that means gritty), you have to be enthusiastic, determinded, strong-willed, kind, and positive. People here taught me all those things,” she shared.

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“My dad has this organization he’s heading that aims to help indigent families here, aside from soliciting he pledged his one-month salary as a city councilor. So, I thought of doing the same,” the University of Baguio freshman continued.

The father-and-daughter tandem responded quickly with “Oplan Sagip Kamay,” and the young Islay’s outreach to her fellow Cordillerans continues to fuel her during these tough times.

She added: “Seeing the look on the beneficiaries’ faces really filled my heart with joy.”

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PHOTO: (Left) Islay Erika Bomagao | Facebook, (Right) Muay Thai Association
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