Nguyen’s Latest Win For Late Dad

Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen completed his climb to the top of ONE Championship’s competitive 70.3-kilogram weight class by clinching a prestigious martial arts gold against a fierce Russian rival.

The 28-year-old Australian standout knocked out the previously unbeaten Marat “Cobra” Gafurov in their rematch and laid claim to the featherweight crown in the main event of ONE: QUEST FOR GREATNESS last Friday, 18 August at the iconic Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Recognizing an opening, Nguyen countered Gafurov’s low kick with an overhand right that knocked out the Dagestani grappler at the center of the ONE Championship cage.

The newly-minted ONE Featherweight World Champion achieved one of his dreams by becoming a world champion in astounding fashion.

However, the sweet victory was about more than just the belt for Nguyen, instead it was all for his family.

Nguyen may have been a menace during his adolescence, but he never had to look far to find inspiration and set himself on the right path. For him, it was right at home and came in the form of the man he called “dad.”

“My dad worked hard just for us to get by. We were not the richest family, and we were not as poor as other people out here, but we got by. He was my sole inspiration to work hard, just the way he was able to provide for his family,” he said.

While Nguyen’s father was not particularly fond of his son stepping into the cage, he watched with a keen eye and supported him nonetheless.

In July 2012, Nguyen made his professional debut and proved to be quite the talent as soon as the bell rang.

Nguyen was flawless, winning every bout en route to capturing the BRACE featherweight championship belt in November 2013. Like a good son, he brought the belt to his father shortly after winning it.

“My dad looked at it. He was all happy and taking pictures with it. It was awesome,” he recalled. “And then he said, ‘Alright, you got the belt now. Enough. Just call it quits.’ No parent likes to see their child getting injured in a match or anything like that, so he said, ‘Enough now. No more.’”

Sadly, it was the last thing Nguyen’s father said to him with regard to his professional martial arts career as his dad tragically passed away just a few weeks later.

His father had undergone a bone marrow transplant so he could get more white blood cells into his body. The procedure was initially a success, but the healing process taking longer than usual.

As doctors were preparing to do more testing, Nguyen’s father contracted the flu, and that eventually turned into pneumonia and took his life.

“I never experienced any hardship or heartbreak until then, and I will never forget that day. He was in Melbourne at that time, so I flew into Melbourne to see him. Everything was happening so fast, and then he was gone. I did not even get to speak to him, and there are a lot of things I wish I could have said to him. It was heartbreaking,” Nguyen shared.

Nearly four years later, Nguyen still carries the loss of his father like an anchor around his neck.

Even though Nguyen is constantly reminded of his dad, he knows that his world-title winning performance was a fitting way to pay tribute to him.

With tears streaming from his eyes, Nguyen kneeled at the center of the ONE Championship cage, basking in the adulation poured upon him.

“This is for my dad. He was my inspiration for the whole camp when I mentally broke. (He and) the boys kept me together,” he stated.

Two days after accomplishing the monumental victory and claiming the No. 1 status in ONE Championship’s stacked featherweight division, Nguyen visited his grave with the belt.

“I am doing this all for him. One big title to put the icing on the cake,” he said. “It’s the only thing I wanted to do once I got home. I hope he is so proud right now.”

 

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Golden Birthday Celebration for Ogie With World Vision

The country’s respected Original Pilipino Music (OPM) singer-composer and hitmaker Ogie Alcasid celebrates his 50th birthday with a one-of-a-kind concert dubbed “NakakaLokal!” based on his recently launched album of the same title.
Happening on August 25, 2017 at the KIA Theatre, the awaited musical event will also feature a star-studded line-up including Angeline Quinto, Basti Artadi, Davey Langit, Erik Santos, Iñigo Pascual, Jaya, Kyla, Lara Maigue, Leila Alcasid, Lovi Poe, Men and Music, Solenn Heussaff, and Yeng Constantino.

The concert will benefit child-focused humanitarian agency World Vision and its advocacy campaign, “It Takes a World to End Sexual Exploitation against Children”. For years, Alcasid has been a staunch advocate and ambassador for World Vision, an NGO which currently assists over 75,000 children nationwide. One of World Vision’s successful sponsored children and now a tenor singer Richard Supat, formerly with FORTEnors, will also join Alcasid in a number offered for the children, especially those living in poor and vulnerable conditions.

For tickets and reservations, visit http://www.ticketnet.com.ph
Ticket prices are at P3,000 (VIP,) P1,500 (Orchestra A,) P1,000 (Orchestra B,) P800 (Loge,) and P500 (Balcony).

This event is presented by World Vision and A-Team in cooperation with PLDT Home.

An Exciting & Challenging 1st Sun Life Aquathlon 9/17/17

 

For the love of sport and a healthy lifestyle, SunLife Philippines have come up with their first ever Sun Life Aquathlon event happening on September 17, 2017 at the Makati Aqua Swim Arena (MASA) and University of Makati (UMAK). 

This event is open to everyone who are into improving their aquathlon experience and does it as a form of cross training. 

The media launch was led by Sun Life’s Chief Marketing Ms. Mylene Lopa, Bullrunner and SunLife Fitness Marketing Ms. Jaymie Pizarro and Bike King’s Ms. Ting Joson who also encouraged all guests to try this out!

Ms. Jaymie also shared that Sun Life Philippines also has Go Well fitness program that is open to the public. With the onset of several health-based sporting events, there is no reason we can’t maintain being healthy and energetic.

For the race details, Ms. Ting requested registrants to register thru Bike King’s website. Deadline for doing so is on August 15th. She likewise explained that regarding race logistics, it was a challenge holding this event at the MASA swimming pool all the way to the University of Makati run track and a pretty exciting route to date.

Read more and click on the Registration on how to go about your application. See you on race day!

DISTANCE
Aqua Full: 400 Meter Swim – 5Km Run
Aqua Lite: 200 Meter Swim – 3Km Run


ENTRY FEE

INDIVIDUAL

Early Bird
June 1 to 30, 2017

Regular Rate
July 1 to 31, 2017

Late Entry
August 1 to 15, 2017

Regisration fee
Online processing fee
Total Reg Fee

2,000.00
    100.00
2,100.00

2,500.00
    125.00
2,625.00

3,000.00
    150.00
3,150.00

 

RELAY

Early Bird
June 1 to 30, 2017

Regular Rate
July 1 to 31, 2017

Late Entry
August 1 to 15, 2017

Regisration fee
Online processing fee
Total Reg Fee

3,500.00
    175.00
3,675.00

4,000.00
    200.00
4,200.00

4,500.00
    225.00
4,725.00

REGISTRATION REMINDERS

  • Deadline for registration is August 15, 2017 or until slots last.
  • Registration fees are non-transferable. Your race bib cannot be transferred or sold to any other individual. Both athletes caught competing under someone else’s registration / or allowing the use of his/her race bib will be banned from joining any Bike King races for a minimum period of two (2) years, at the sole discretion of Bike King.
  • If you are unable to participate, you will not receive a refund for your race entry fee, but you may claim your race give aways.
  • Refund Policy:
    • It is the athlete’s responsibility to ensure the race office has received any communication. Upon confirmation of this request, athletes are eligible for a partial refund as follows:
      • Any requests received on or before June 30, 2017 will be eligible for a 80% refund.
      • Any requests received on or before July 15, 2017 will be eligible for a 50% refund.
      • Any requests received after July 15, 2017 will not be eligible for a refund under any circumstances
    • If you do not receive a response from the race office within 5 calendar days from request, it should be assumed that it has not been received and you should contact us again by sending another email to registration@bikekingphilippines.com.
      SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

      Saturday, September 16, 2017
      10:00 AM – 6:00 PM Pick up of Race Kits
      Personal Appearance and a Valid ID is Required
      Venue: TBA
      Sunday, September 17, 2017
      MASA, Makati City
      TIME ACTIVITY VENUE
      5:30 AM – 8:30 AM Pick up of Race Kit
      Personal Appearance and a Valid ID is Required
      Swimming Pool (MASA)
      5:30 AM – 8:30 AM Check in of Race Equipment Transition Area (MASA)
      6:00 AM – 11:00 AM Race Expo Track Oval (UMAK)
      6:30 AM Start of Race (1ST Wave) Swimming Pool
      10:00 AM Awarding Track Oval (UMAK)


      RACE INCLUSIONS

      • Sun Life Aquathlon Event Shirt
      • Sun Life Race Belt
      • Sun Life sling bag
      • Sun Life Personal Accident Insurance*
      • Swimming Cap
      • Timing Chip
      • Race Bib
      • Finisher’s Medal
      • Post Race Meal

      *worth P25,000.00 valid for one year from September 17, 2017 to September 16, 2018

      REGISTRATION is ongoing until August 15 only. Please click here http://bikekingphilippines.com/

      I miss running with these sporty friends. Great seeing you during the media lunch, Ms. Mylene, Ms Ting, Gelay and Ms. Jaymie. Thank you much for having us! Appreciate the cool photo, Gelay ☺

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