Pacific X-treme Combat’s provincial developmental league, Laban MMA, goes down south as it delivers its trademark intense and frenzied mixed martial arts action in Cagayan de Oro as one of the official events that celebrate the city’s Higalaay Festival.

Set to explode on August 27 at The Atrium, Limketkai Center, PXC Laban MMA CDO will treat Cagayanons to a slam-bang Saturday evening as their very own ‘kababayan,’ 31-year-old Israel B. Gomez of Team MUMMA, goes for win number 4 against dangerous 19-year-old Jerome Pa-ac who’s coming all the way from Baguio City to represent the much-heralded Team Lakay. Sharing co-main event honors is the matchup between another hometown hero, Victor Torre of Team MUMMA/Gladiator MMA, and Marcelo Cabusas of Makati City representing Team Insider Manila.

MMA CDO Fight Card

Laban MMA CDO marks the first time PXC’s developmental league has gone to Mindanao to stage its eagerly awaited fights that feature up-and-coming local fighters who could one day join the pro ranks, win the championship belt, and even go to the bigger MMA stage. Most of Laban MMA’s offerings were held in Baguio in Northern Luzon. But a strong demand for MMA fights exist in The City of Golden Friendship that PXC finally decided to bring their Laban MMA to this southern city of the Philippines. And there’s no better time to do that than during Cagayan de Oro’s Higalaay Festival (formerly known as Kagay-An Festival) that celebrates the feast day of St. Augustine, the patron saint of the city. Thus, PXC Laban MMA CDO is another big event that Cagayanons can look forward to, alongside the Kumbira Culinary Show, the Carnival Parade, The Higalas Parade of Floats and Icons, the Fluvial Procession, and the Higalaay Pyrolympics that define the biggest festival of the city.

Aside from the co-main events that highlight Laban MMA CDO, eight other matches are also on offer to complete the stacked and exciting card. The event begins with Bo’s MMA Academy’s Adrian Antipasado from Bukidon taking on Jessie Paul Del Valle of Davao City fighting out of the Phyton’s Pit Davao. Then it’s the pair of Iloilo’s James Daquil of Navy/MUMMA Gym and AXC’s Mark Gil Germones of Davao City taking center stage. Fight 3 features Team My Gym’s Fredrick Lim Jr. from Dumaguete City tangling with Project-X MMA Cebu’s Paul Carere of Mandaue City. Another homegrown talent, CDO’s Lorde Rey Yamit is up next, facing Camotes Island native Roel Rosauro coming out of Team Yaw-Yan Ardigma.to

Fight 5 sees Davao City’s Marlon Cruzpero of AXC going head to head with General Santos City’s Jerry Eslao representing Team MUMMA Gen. Santos City. Another CDO fighter gets in the ring next, Renato Jabiniao of Team MUMMA, to match skills with Davao City’s Rogelio Enumerables, who fights out of Team Combat 360 Dojo. Fight 7 showcases Rudy Tacogue from Davao City and the Team Valiant Strikers against Dumaguete City’s Rendel Camensi from Team My Gym. The last supporting bout has Davao City and AXC’s Ruben Lanaza trading vicious strikes with Team Project-X MMA Cebu’s Arnel Ylanan.

PXC Laban MMA CDO is presented by Red Horse Extra Strong, the #1 Beer, “Ito ang tama!” and Sports 5, in cooperation with the City of Cagayan de Oro. Sponsors are Beer Below Zero- The Coldest Beer ever, Premiere Condoms, Hayabusa, Globe Broadband, POSS Philippines, Premio Motorcycle Sales and Services, City Councilor Atty. Lordan Suan, Hashtag Productions-We make your events trend!, Nature’s Spring, Coca Cola Femsa Philippines, The VIP Hotel, CT Nature Foods, Force of Responsible Citizens and Enforcers, Mabuhay Media Print, Thai me Up- Thai Restaurant, Panagatan Seafood Restaurant, Slers Express Meal. Official media partners are 96.9 Easy Rock, 94.3 Wild Zee, 104.7 Yes FM, Super Balita, 95.7 Mellow Touch, iFM, Magic 89.3 and Sunstar Cagayan De Oro City.

Local gym partner is Mindanao Ultimate Mixed Martial Arts Gym. Ticketing partners are SM Tickets and Limketkai Center. Matches start at 8 PM, gates open at 6 PM.

PXC Laban MMA CDO is organized for the benefit of the Rotaract-Rotary Club Partner of West Cagayan de Oro.
For more info and updates visit Laban MMA Facebook page, or follow us at IG: pxclabanmma.

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CDO Higalaay Festival 2016 Schedule of Activities

It’s the time of the year again where the Cagayan de Oro City a.k.a The City of Golden Friendship celebrate the city’s Fiesta. And just before the fiesta month (August) opened, the list of festivities/activities and dates for the Higalaay Festival 2016 is released online.

cdo higalaay festival 2016

  • August 1-31, 2016
    • Higalaay Garden Show – Duaw Kagay-an Park
    • Higalaay Agri Fair – Gaston Park
  • August 4-6, 2016
    • Mindanao Fashion Summit – Rotunda, Limketkai Center
  • August 13, 2016
    • Miss Cagayan de Oro Coronation Night – The Atrium, Limketkai Center
  • August 17-19, 2016
    • Kumbira – The Atrium, Limketkai Center
    • August 19-28, 2016Kahimunan Regional Trade Fair – Entrance 3 – SM City Cagayan de Oro
  • August 20-21, 2016
    • Cowboy Festival: The Annual CDO Road Show – P.N. Roa Property, Carmen
  • August 20, 2016
    • Kagay-an Festival Marathon – Centrio Mall
    • Cagayan de Oro Carnival Parade – Luna-Velez Sts. to Divisoria
  • August 27, 2016
    • Higalas Parade of Floats and Icons – Rodelsa Circle – Velez St. – C.M. Recto Avenue to Limketkai Center
    • Bisperas Fireworks Display – Duaw Kagay-an Park
  • August 28, 2016
    • Religious Procession – Fernandez St. – Velez St. – Capistrano St. – St. Augustine Cathedral
    • Fluvial Procession – Macajalar Bay – CDO River – Duaw Kagay-an Park
    • KAgay-an Pyro Music Festival – SM City Grounds
  • August 23-29, 2016
    • Higalaay City-wide SALE, Centrio Mall, Gaisano, Limketkai Mall, Ororama Super Center, SM City CDO

Cheers to another year of Higalaay CDO! Spread the news and may we all enjoy the festivities and realize what truly is Higalaay!


Photo Credits: Isabelle Czarina Sabanpan Soriano
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