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Franklin Kawaen is Karate World Champ

Congratulations to our Dubai-based kailiyan Franklin Kawaen for his karate world championship win. He joins the ranks of Julian Chees and company whose achievements in the field of martial arts have helped shape a positive image for Igorots around the world. Kudos to you Franklin and keep on kicking.

Here’s the report on Franklin by Harley Palangchao. Photo above is courtesy of; please note that it is taken from a different event and not from the world championship which is the subject of Harley’s article.

Igorot karate teacher wins world championship
By Harley F. Palangchao/Manila Times

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Edward Folayang is URCC Open Weight Champ

The video shows Edward Folayang beating Carlos Baduria in their championship bout during the Universal Reality Combat Championship [URCC] held this month. ABS-CBN has a report on Folayang but the video is beyond bad so I decided not to upload it; still you can watch it here.

Warning: Some violence in the footage as may be expected in combat sports.

Igorotlandia, Meet Diamond Gut-omen Baier Again

Now we have a picture of Diamond Gut-omen Baier courtesy of the Ted Regencia Reports. Diamond, according to a commenter in our previous post, is originally from Sabangan, Mt. Province. He won some bouts at Chicago Golden Gloves, you can see the results here, but he took up boxing relatively late so he didn’t turn professional.

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Igorotlandia, Meet Diamond Gut-oman Baier

I’m back from exile the second time. Hehe. Anyways, seems like Manny Pacquiao’s upcoming fight with David Diaz has a Cordillera angle to it. Here’s the story for those of you who haven’t read it yet?

Does anyone know this guy, Diamond Gut-oman Baier? Kuwento naman diyan.

Bontoc’s ‘diamond’ boxer trains Diaz vs Pacquiao
Pasckie Pascua/Ted Regencia
Philippine News via GMA

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