Although busy with his commitments, veteran actor/host Vic Sotto has made it a point to watch the games of son-in-law Marc Pingris – be it in the PBA or with the Gilas Pilipinas.
He was present in nearly all the games of the national team back in 2013, and witnessed the emotional victory of Gilas when Pingris powered the team against South Korea in the semifinal of the FIBA Asia Championship here that catapulted the Philippines to the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain.
Sotto was also there with daughter Danica – wife of Pingris – when San Mig Super Coffee (now Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok) made history in 2014 with a Grand Slam title.
That is why when Pingris told his father-in-law about his plans to retire in the professional league, the 15-time All-Star and two-time Final Most Valuable Player said he almost had a change of heart with his decision.
“Actually si daddy nung sinabi ko na ‘Dad baka mag-retire na ho ako’ kako ‘kailangan ko na kasi asikasuhin yung business namin ni Danica’ kako sa kanya (When I told him that ‘dad I will be retiring’ I told him ‘I need to look after our family business, me and Danica),” said Pingris as he guested on the Saturday sports show The Chasedown on One PH over Cignal TV last Saturday.
“Sabi niya ‘no huwag pa, kaya mo pa e. Huwag ka muna mag-retire kayang kaya mo pa mag-laro’ sabi niya. So nag-dalawang isip uli ako. Pero sabi ko ‘Dad kailangan ko kasi mamili e’ – short term or long term kasi (He was like ‘no don’t retire, you can still play. So I had second thoughts after that. But I told him ‘dad I had to make a choice).”
Pingris, however, explained to the Eat Bulaga host that he cannot focus on two things at the same time as he and wife Danica are taking it seriously on their family business.
Over the weekend, Pingris visited the poultry business they started several years ago in Pangasinan. Pingris also has other business ventures, including the restaurant District 8 he and friends San Juan mayor Francis Zamora, James Yap, Paul Artadi, Charlton Yu, Daniel Padilla and Vice Ganda put up in Green Hills.
Sotto, according to Pingris, was adamant on his thoughts about him to continue on playing in the PBA.
“Alam niyo naman ang panahon ngayon kako, kailangan ko din kasi mag-focus sa isang bagay. Pero sabi niya ‘basta ako gusto ko maglaro ka pa’ parang ganun (Times are different now, I need to focus on a particular thing. But he was like ‘for I still want you to play’ something like that),” added the 39-year-old Pingris.
Aside from Sotto, Pingris said that his son Mic was also not in favor of him calling it quits.
A native of Pozzorubio, Pangasinan, Pingris announced his retirement in a wholehearted post on his social media account @jeanmarc15 last Wednesday that ended an illustrious 16-year pro career.
Federal Express originally selected Pingris with the third overall pick during the 2004 PBA Rookie Draft. He was dealt to the Purefoods franchise in 2005 and won eight of nine PBA championships, including a Grand Slam in 2014 – the league’s version of a ‘Triple Crown’ or three titles in a single season.
He also played one season for San Miguel Beer where he bagged a title during the 2012 Commissioner’s Cup. The 6-foot-4 Pingris – known in the PBA by his moniker “Pinoy Sakuragi – had career averages of 7.6 points and 7.3 rebounds.