Eight pretty celebs in love with basketball players

by Anj Sampayan
Sep 30, 2016
Denise Laurel and her fiance Sol Mercado, a point guard of Barangay Ginebra San Miguel.

Sports and showbiz are two entirely-different worlds but these couples have found a common ground to make their relationships work.

He's busy with his practice and games, her schedule is also hectic due to projects.

But some pairs chose not to complicate their life; others had to come to a compromise.

Here are eight celebs who found love in the basketball court.

Five of them have been happily married.

RR Enriquez and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel point guard Jayjay Helterbrand

The TV host/comedienne and Ginebra's main man have been together for about a decade.

But they're not in a hurry to settle down.

RR said in an interview with The Philippine Star, "'Yong iba parang kinukuwestyon na, 'Happy ka ba na di ka pa pinapakasalan ni JJ?' Actually feeling nila hindi ako happy, pero totoo happy ako."

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Ginger Conejero and San Miguel Beerman point guard Alex Cabagnot

In 2011, the "Star Patrol" reporter confirmed that she's dating a PBA player.

And whenever she doesn't have an assignment, the former Miss Earth runner-up makes it a point to watch his games.

The last time PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) spotted them was in a movie house watching Train to Busan.

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Denise Laurel and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel point guard Sol Mercado

Both the actress and her beau prefer long engagement as they are still "taking our time and enjoying."

The two got engaged in October 2013 and was set to marry this 2016.

However, the Your Face Sounds Familiar star explained early this year that they still need more time to prepare for the wedding.

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Bianca Gonzalez and Phoenix wingman JC Intal

Who would forget JC's viral wedding proposal at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport late March of 2014?

The couple had an intimate wedding, with only 50 guests, held at Lagen Island Resort in El Nido, Palawan, on December 4, 2014.

They're now proud parents to Baby Lucia who's turning one year old on October 23.

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Jeck Conwi and Global Port power forward Rico Maierhofer

Better known as the better half of Rico, Jeck used to be be a co-host in Happy Wife, Happy Life, and started her showbiz career as a dancer and one of the 24k girls in the game show Kapamilya Deal or No Deal.

February 14 is their wedding anniversary.

Their beautiful family includes two cute boys, Tash and Calel, and their only girl, Harper.

Jeck, by the way, is the sister of Alvin Patrimonio's wife, Cindy Conwi.

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Danica Sotto and Star Hotshots power forward Marc Pingris

The TV host and PBA superstar had their own fairy kingdom-themed wedding ceremony on March 3, 2007, at the Palms Country Club in Alabang, Muntinlupa.

March of this year, their ninth anniversary, Danica left her hubby with this sweet message: "I thank God for you every day. I'm so blessed because I married you!"

She added, "You've taught me so many things in life. Our marriage is not perfect, and I know there are still many things we need to learn and unlearn.

"I thank God for the happy moments and even for the trials that we had to endure because he never left our side."

They are loving parents to two children, Anielle Micaela and Jean Michael.

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Chesca Garcia and Global Port center Doug Kramer

They are this list's most enduring couple.

Counting the years they became boyfriend-girlfriend, they have been together for 13 years, and have been married for 8 years.

Their anniversary is on October 9.

Along with their three adorable children Kendra, Scarlett, and Gavin, they are called Team Kramer.

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LJ Moreno and Meralco point guard Jimmy Alapag

The lovebirds wed in a Christian ceremony at the Catalina Terrace of Surf and Sand Resort in Laguna Beach, California, on August 19, 2010.

With their two children, Ian Maximus and Keona Skye, LJ and Jimmy's life is complete.

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