Louie Sangalang to bring determination to 'The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition'

Louie Sangalang has seemingly done it all in life.

Diagnosed with appendix cancer at age 21, the Filipino met his disease head on and eventually conquered it - among other things.

More than two decades later, Sangalang can now call himself a URCC Champion, a regular competitor in marathons and Iron Man triathlons, and the first Filipino cancer survivor to finish a North Pole Marathon.

Now he plans to conquer another mountain - this time in the world of business.

Sangalang will appear on "The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition," which airs throughout Asia on 18 March.

"When I first watched 'The Apprentice Asia,' I wanted to join [the competition], but I admit that I was clueless about their industry, which is more about travel and hospitality," Sangalang said.

"When this came along, I figured I wanted to join. I'm interested in sports, I'm knowledgeable in martial arts and endurance sports, and I've always wanted to return to martial arts - so why not join ONE, not as a fighter, but as a member of the organization?"

When the show starts rolling next month, expect Sangalang to bring his determination to succeed with him.

The 43-year-old multi-sport athlete and entrepreneur doesn't plan to survey the other candidates. He believes the only way to get things done is by looking at himself and thinking about what he can bring to the table.

"I expected the people who applied to be the same as I am, with a background in sports, and achievements in life," he said.

"My approach in life always comes from a very pragmatic perspective. I'm not thinking about whether I have the edge or not. I'm just not bothered about my competition. I focus on what I can deliver.

"It's like courting someone. You don't really care about the other guy. I just have to do what I do, and if I have an edge, then I'll discover it."

At the end of the day, he hopes that Filipino fans will support him on the wild ride that he's set to take on the world-famous reality TV show.

"From my end, what you can expect from me is my best. We're representing the country. We're representing the Philippines. We're not perfect. We have to be honest about our shortcomings, but expect me to be at my best," he said.

"I just hope whatever happens, the country can support me because this isn't easy."