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Sangalang: Last male standing in The Apprentice

LOUIE Sangalang is literally the last man standing in The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition — the last male candidate in the running for the US$250,000 job offer to be the protégé of ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong and his chief of staff at the ONE Championship Global Headquarters in Singapore.

Sanggalang has had a strong performance so far in the reality series, impressing no less than Sityodtong with his business acumen and creativity, especially in his team’s business proposal for a travel insurance app that would give travelers peace of mind and convenience once travel is resumed. Sangalang was project leader for that task.

Sangalang’s mantra is to “expect the unexpected” derived from his strong belief in stoicism which gives him a sense of balance and inner strength.

It is the same mindset that saw him weather life challenges that would have easily felled others. His rebellious youth, a bout with alcoholism and depression, and then stomach cancer in his 20s were formidable setbacks. But he conquered them all, phoenix-like, and went on to be the first Filipino cancer survivor to finish the North Pole Marathon. He became an MMA champion in 2018, an Iron Man finisher the same year and is now a successful business person.

In The Apprentice, Sangalang is the only candidate among the 16 to stay undefeated as a project manager. Six male candidates from the United States, Singapore, New Zealand and Japan have been sent home alongside female candidates from Singapore, Germany, Thailand, the United States and the Philippines. Now Sangalang is up against all-female competitors from the US, Indonesia, Russia and Venezuela.

Being the thorn among roses means nothing to Sangalang. What matters is proving one’s self, especially with what’s hanging in the balance, he said.

Sangalang, is definitely in it to win it and he vows to do everything in his power to win The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition.

The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition can be viewed in the Philippines every Thursday on AXN at 8:50 p.m. and on Mondays on One Sport at 9 p.m.

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