Frequently Asked Questions
What Should I Bring?
Quite simply anything you would bring on a normal holiday. Do remember a towel though, as we do not provide them. Any supplements, such as proteins, as they are more expensive here.
Equipment such as gloves, handwraps, shinguards, mouthpieces, groin guards, and shorts are available to purchased at the gym, or you may bring your own.
Do I Need To Speak Tagalog or Another Filipino Language? Do Many People Speak English in the Philippines?
No, you do not. This is one of the advantages of living and training in the the Phiippines as you will find out. A high percentage of the population speaks fluent english, which does make the interaction.
This does not mean that you should still not try to learn one of the native Filipino tongues. The most popular of these are Tagalog and Cebuano. The Philippines is home to an estimated 120 to 175 different languages. This owes to the nations relatively isolated geography - there are 7,107 islands in the Philippines.
A word you will hear often in the Philippines – and a good word to start with – is “Salamat”, meaning Thank You
Can I Fight Professional MMA, Boxing or Muay Thai While in The Philippines?
Yes, you can. Throughout the Philippines there are many fight promotions and events happen vey often. There are opportunities to fight MMA, Boxing, and Muay Thai, amateur or professional.
The Philippines is also home to a growing grappling scene, and tournaments are held quite frequently.
We also run Boracay Beatdown, our homegrown fight promotion that takes place inside the gym. It is a great place to get your feet wet, so to speak, and gain experience. These fights are amateur with bouts in MMA, Muay Thai, and Boxing.
Check out the video from our last event:
Throughout the years Legacy Gym has sent fighters to China, Japan, Singapore, Russia, Indonesia, Korea, Laos, Hong Kong, Sweden, Denmak, Finland, Australia, England and the USA, among others. We can help a fighter further their career by finding them the fights that will push them forward. We have a number of contacts not only in SE Asia, but around the world in top fight promotions.
Do I Need To Be a Professional To Train At The Gym? Are Beginners Welcome?
Our trainers are skilled in working with all experience levels - from professionals fighting at the top levels of their sport to beginners still mastering the basics. The trainers will push you to su
We have had students come to us with little or no training. But with the right work ethic and the proper amount of training they have entered their first fights, and some have gone on to have very fine careers.
Where Do I Get a Visa/Extension? And Do I Need to Leave the County To Do So?
It is very simple to extend your visa in the Philippines. Unlike Thailand, you do not need to leave the country to extend or get a new visa. The immigration office in Boracay is very conveniently located 15 minutes from the gym and is just a short walk from D'Mall (the main shopping area of Boracay)
Though it will vary, the price for most extensions will range from ₱3000 to ₱7000.
Most countries will be issued a 30-day tourist visa-on-arrival once arriving to the Philippines.
What is the Money That is Used? Are there ATMs?
The Peso (PHP) is the currency used in the Philippines. Check out the latest exchange rates at XE.com.
ATM's are available throughout Boracay, as well as banks for exchanging. BPI, BDO, Allied, and MetroBank are a few of the banks with locations on Boracay.
Where Can I Find Places to Eat?
While we do not have a restaurant in the gym, there are a number of places on our road (Diniwid Road) close by to eat. The most popular of which are Divine Refreshment, Barefoot Café, Na Meet, Stella Italian Cuisine, the Greek Place, Wahine, Mama's Fish House and “The Trike Place”.
Other choices in Boracay include Mang Inasal, Smoke Resto, Muchies and Nice Place. D’Mall is the main shopping area of Boracay and many other restaurants can be found inside.
Does the Gym Have WiFi Internet?
We have wifi internet available throughout the gym, free of charge. Additionally, there are internet cafes located within a short distance. Many of our students also use the 3g signal from one of the mobile networks. Unlimited data and internet can be had through your mobile phone for roughly ₱1000 a month.
How Do I Get Around on Boracay?
Most visitors opt for motorized tricycles, which act as the island's taxis and make up most of its traffic. Tricycles are very cheap and very convenient; there always a constant stream of tricycles along Main Road and most rides cost around ₱10 to ₱20.
Short rides on busy routes, say from D'Mall to Station 3 or from Station 1 to Station 3, are a standard rate of ₱20 per passenger if you hire a vacant trike as they drive past. Trikes that are stationary and seeking passengers are seen as seeking a chartered fare and fares will start at ₱60. In short, if you wish to save money, you should flag down a moving vacant trike. Tricycle will also have a list of their standard fares posted.
Long rides, like Puka beach to D'Mall, should cost around ₱40. Drivers waiting near beaches, hotels, etc, generally ask a higher price like ₱150-200 even if you're alone. May be worth bargaining if there are a few people with you and you want an individual ride - otherwise, better catch a passing-by tricycle on the main road.
Motorbikes and bicycles can also be rented throughout the island.