The 2015 ASIA FIBA Championship may be over, but for Gilas Pilipinas star player Marc Pingris, the fight continues!
“Pag in-invite ako na maglalaro, hundred percent hindi ako tatanggi,” said Marc in an exclusive interview with Philippine Entertainment Portal (PEP.ph) during the media launch of Black Mamba Energy Drink held at the TGI Friday’s in Eastwood City last October 9.
The Philippines’ silver-medal finish would relegate the national team to the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in July 2016.
“Pero ngayon, balik muna kami sa kanya-kanya naming mother team sa PBA.”
The brand endorser expressed his gratitude to the Filipinos for their overwhelming support during their games.
Despite the Philippines’ loss to China, Gilas Pilipinas earned the admiration and respect of the basketball fans around the globe.
Pinoy Sakuragi (his moniker) stood tall and proud of their runner-up finish in the finals last October 3.
“Sinasabi nila na mas malaki ang puso kaysa sa height natin. So dun pa lang, proud ka na maging Pilipino ka!”
DUTERTE SUPPORTER. On top of PBA games, Marc—alongside his co-endorser Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte—will be busy with the activities lined up for his new endorsement.
Duterte failed to attend the event due to a previous commitment. Earlier today, October 15, he filed his Certificate of Candidacy for the post of mayor in Davao City.
Mark made it obvious he wanted Duterte to run for higher office.
“Mata sa mata, puso sa puso, susuportahan ko siya. Pansinin n’yo ‘tong sinasabi ko, sana kunin niya ko para i-endorse ko siya.
"Hindi importante sa akin kung babayaran ako o hindi. Hindi naman ako ganung klaseng tao.”
NEXT TRIP. Meanwhile, Marc is looking forward to spending more time with his family.
Their last vacation abroad was in Paris, where they stayed with Mark’s family. That was in August.
This time, they are eyeing Japan as their next destination, possibly, this coming Holiday season. Would their next baby be “made in Japan”?
“Araw-araw naman honeymoon sa amin ni Danica," then he laughed. "Pinagpi-pray namin yun na magka-baby na kami.”
They have two kids—son Jean Michael and daughter Anielle Micaela.
VIC-PAULEEN WEDDING. When asked about the upcoming Vic Sotto-Pauline Luna wedding next year, Mark chose not to comment.
Instead, he prodded Danica, who came just in time to answer the question.
“Aray ko naman!” said a smiling Danica, with their two kids in tow.
“Ikakasal na? Nando’n pa ko sa stage na surreal. Parang totoo ba ito? Dahan-dahan ko pa siyang pina-process.
"Siyempre, gusto ko na maging happy siya.”
Marc just smiled and nodded.