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Louie Sangalang, Raising the Philippine Flag

This was how Pinoy warrior Louie Sangalang was introduced by the international TV show The Apprentice: ONE Championship, wherein 16 warriors from all over the world compete in a game involving business and physical challenges for a chance to become One Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong’s protégé.

Louie Sangalang, born in Baguio City, Philippines, is a cancer survivor, mixed martial arts champion, a Santé Barley TriTeam member, businessman, and a finalist in the recently concluded international reality show The Apprentice: ONE Championship edition.

Louie Sangalang raised the Philippine flag in the global scene and proved that a Filipino businessman and professional fighter is a champion inside and outside the ring. This is his journey to becoming the ONE.

The start

“I don’t really know how I was selected to be completely transparent. I think my background in professional sports, business, and professional career helped me get into The Apprentice. Also, my professional sport is mixed martial arts, so it seems relevant to the position they are looking for,” Louie started.

The application was made on social media, where hopeful candidates must submit a one-minute video. Doubtful of his social media presence, with merely 2,000 followers on his account, Louie was greatly supported by his friends, relatives, and colleagues. After their collective effort, things went fast. The production called him last June 2020, became the final contestant in August 2020, and flew to Singapore the following month.

Louie had a chance to compete with a fellow Filipina contestant Lara Pearl Alvarez whom he described as a fantastic person at a young age. Although Lara was eliminated early from the competition, Louie shared that Lara, a single mother from the highlands of Cordillera, is a very promising leader and businesswoman.

Throughout the season, Louie showed his charisma, hard work, integrity, and stable execution of leadership, despite the demanding production schedule, the drama, and corporate politicking. He shared that he drew a lot of inspiration from the guest CEOs, martial arts legends, and CEO Chatri Sityodtong.

For one, Louie was highly impressed with Sudhir Agarwal from Everise. He described Sudhir as a ‘small and simple guy but a very impressive businessman who prioritizes customer satisfaction through technology.

“He created a BPO company that uses automation to attend to its clients. Customers feel personally attended even using their technology. His business entails supporting different firms, as well,” Louie mentioned.

Aside from CEO Sudhir, Louie was forever a fan of his friend Fil-Am mixed martial artist Brandon Vera. When asked why, Louie simply said that Brandon is a ‘big guy but a very down-to-earth.’ “Most of all, I think that Brandon embodies, not just an athlete, not just a father but also as someone who is self-aware and someone who thinks about a greater work.”

The last grit and the final interview

After 12 weeks of fierce competition in the pool of hungry contenders, Louie was one kick closer to be hailed as THE ONE. Pinoy pride MMA champion Sangalang went head-to-head against Singapore-based Sales Director Ramella from Venezuela.

The two fiery warriors got an opportunity to sit down with Chatri over breakfast to discuss their winning attributes. It was a remarkable moment for Louie when ONE CEO Chatri labeled him a ‘silent assassin’ for being cool, calm, collected under pressure, and a capable executive.

Before the final round of physical tasks and business challenges, the two were treated to a Zoom call with their loved ones, to which Louie recalled that it was his favorite part of the game.

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