Danica Sotto-Pingris on being a “basketball wife”

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Danica gives her all-out support to husband Marc Pingris.


Danica Sotto-Pingris enjoys being wife to BMEG Llamados player, Marc Pingris, and mother to her two kids.

The daughter of Vic Sotto and Dina Bonnevie is often spotted at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, cheering for her hubby on the games.

How does she react when the games get too physical?

“Ano…ah, kinakabahan ako. Kaya lang, hanggang ano lang naman ako eh…pag-a-advise lang ako eh…”

“Hanggang sigaw…pero at the end of the day, siya pa rin ang magde-decide. Sinasabi ko lang sa kanya na as much as possible, keep your cool.”

“Pero, siyempre, tao lang din siya, nagkakamali paminsan, di ba.”

Marc was involved in a minor scrimmage with a player from the Barangay Ginebra Kings this season. But as he explained to Danica, these were simply brought by the heat of the moment and are non-issues outside the court.

Has she ever been hostile to anybody because of the intensity of the game?

“Siguro, yung the usual, yung mga ‘Boo!’ Yung pag binu-boo ko yung ibang team…”

“Or minsan pag bad call yung ref, napapasigaw din ako…yung tipong, ‘Ref, kailangan ba may dugo?’” she says, mimicking her own angry voice.

“Yung ganun…yung parang heckler ka lang…” Danica quips.

On how she feels about unfriendly fans of the opposing teams, Danica maintains, she’s gotten used to it.

“[Sa mga] nagbu-boo sa kanya? Nasanay na rin.”

“Before, sobra kong feel bad talaga. Lalo na yung mga, uhm, hindi pa kami married, nanood na ko sa kanya.”

The couple wed in 2007. Since then, Danica has become even more supportive of her husband.

“Tapos nung kinasal kami, may time na parang, ayaw ko na lang manood. Kasi nahu-hurt ako.”

“Pero, sabi niya, wala lang daw yun talaga. It’s really part of the game.”

“So, okay lang, nasanay na rin. Tsaka naranasan ko na rin naman yung, kunwari lalabas after the game, may magpaparining sa 'yo na “talo,” ganun…”

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“Or, halimbawa, may error siya…magpaparining pa sa 'yo. Okay lang…nasanay na rin.”

But she remains positive: “Mas marami naman yung nagchi-cheer eh.”

Outside of the King James [James Yap], who is easily one of the most popular players in the entire league, Marc has one of the biggest followings on their team.

He is one of the last players to leave the Big Dome as fans queue outside the Red Gate to get some photos and autographs with the cagers they admire.

In fact, Danica shares that Marc makes it a point to come out fresh and smelling good after every game just for the fans.

HANDS-ON MOM. Meanwhile, Danica is also a happy mother to two kids, Jean-Michel, 4, and Anielle Micaela, 7 months old.

She decided to take break from full-time showbiz commitments for the time being and would like to concentrate on being a hands-on mom since her kids are still very young.

What if her son would also want to get into basketball?

“Yung son ko? Okay lang, basta mag-aral din siya.”

“Kasi, siyempre, ang basketball, masaya siyang trabaho, nakakapagod, physical, uhm… maganda yung kita nila but, it’s not forever, di ba.”

“So, maganda na meron kang fall back. Siguro, yun yung deal ko, dapat maganda yung grades mo kung gusto mong magbasketball ka dyan,” was her firm statement.

But when asked if she would want her son to go either into showbiz or basketball, Danica lets out a shriek, being cautious about showbiz.

She observes that her son is more interested in sports.

“Ngayon, parang sports din. Kaya lang, hindi ko pa masabi kung basketball talaga kasi nahihilig din siya sa soccer.”

“So, hindi ko alam kung dahil uso lang ba. Pero grabe yung pagkakiti-kiti din eh, sobra, parang daddy niya.”

“So, definitely, mapapasok talaga yung sports sa kanya. Iniisip ko lang pa kung saan talaga.”

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