Back in 2018, multi-sport athlete and cancer survivor Luisito “Louie” Sangalang was full of confidence when he flew to the northernmost point of the Earth as a sponsored athlete from the Philippines.
But the challenges he experienced in joining the 2018 FWD North Pole Marathon were quite different from what he is going through in his latest undertaking these days as Sangalang is one of the remaining seven global candidates on “The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition.”
The 42-year-old Sangalang said the North Pole adventure was riskier as it involved running on ice, snow and freezing weather. This time at The Apprentice, the risk is not as life-threatening as before, but there are similarities.
“It’s mentally draining, both experiences. The only difference is, kapag nasa North Pole ka, iyung period of time na tumatakbo ka, nakakabaliw. Kasi ‘pag tumigil ka alam mong puwede kang maaksidente, or puwede kang mamatay, if you don’t manage yourself,” said Sangalang.
Last March, Sangalang joined “The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition,” which initially invited 16 candidates, handpicked from around the world to participate in a high-stakes game involving business and physical challenges.
And the survivor, or winner, will receive a $250,000 job offer to work directly under ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong for a year as his protege in Singapore.
“Ang maganda sa ‘Apprentice,’ wala kang risk na ganoon. Pero siyempre, ayaw mong matalo. Iyung impact sa self-esteem mo, iba iyung level,” said Sangalang, a teacher by profession and a former mixed martial arts practitioner before he had his battle with cancer and won.
This time, Sangalang said he is in a contest with 16 people who are after the same goals as he is.
“Sa North Pole, hindi ganu’n. While you are racing, you are all competitors, and you are helping each other finish. ‘Yun ang maganda doon,” said Sangalang, who added that the camaraderie he experienced back then lifted his spirits up.
This time, Sangalang said the friendships and the bonding among competitors are still around, although each candidate may have his own agenda or plans.
Sangalang said it is his part of his vision and mission to work directly under Sityodtong.
“I think that vision comes from the fact that you can do so much more. Working for ONE will give me a lot resources to make a lot of impact. I have a lot to offer. I wanted to be in ONE because it embodies the values that I look up to,” added Sangalang. Peter Atencio
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