ONE Championship: What would Eduard Folayang do with 3 wishes?

ABS-CBN Sports on May 30, 2019 02:44 PM
What would Eduard Folayang do with 3 wishes?
“My second wish is for salvation — not just for my family, but for everyone. We’re not just here to eat, pay the bills, and die. We’re here for a greater purpose. We’re here for direction in life."

Eduard "Landslide" Folayang is a man of many things. He is an accomplished mixed martial artist, and easily one of the most recognizable faces in the sport in Asia.

The former ONE Lightweight World Champion is fresh from watching the remake of Aladdin with his teammate and current ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua "The Passion" Pacio.

The movie had Folayang thinking about the possibility of finding a genie in a magical lamp. If he did, he thought about the three wishes he would request.

Unlike most individuals, he would rather spend his three wishes for the betterment of the masses instead of his own personal benefit.

“If I had three wishes, [my first] wish is that we instill more patriotism in every Filipino so that they can love their country more,” he said.

“Patriotism is important because we are always looking to change things here in the country, but we never do our part. I think that’s the important thing that we need to do. If you love this country, as much as possible, you think of the things that will be for the betterment of many.”

Folayang, a devout Christian, is someone who would never fail to spread the gospel of the Lord with every chance he gets. Because of that, his second wish to his genie is not surprising at all.

“My second wish is for salvation — not just for my family, but for everyone. We’re not just here to eat, pay the bills, and die. We’re here for a greater purpose. We’re here for direction in life."

After spending his first two wishes on others, it’s totally fair for Folayang to use his final wish for himself. 

However, that is not in the nature of “Landslide.”

“Wealth and fame would be useless if your nation is in shambles,” he added. “If you’re in a peaceful country, regardless if you’re famous or not, even if you’re just a normal citizen, you’re stable. You have a sense of security.”

So what would his final wish be?

"My third wish is wisdom and understanding," he quipped. "To be as wise as King Solomon and to understand things better."

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