After 16 years of being in the game, Marc Pingris has decided to retire from the PBA.
He announced it on Instagram with a video reel showcasing some highlights of his career in basketball since he was a teen.
“16 years na din ako sa PBA pero alam ko na ngayon na din ang tamang panahon para umpisahan ang bagong chapter ng buhay ko,” Marc wrote on the caption.
The athlete also thanked everyone who has stood by him in his journey, including his wife Danica Sotto, who dedicated a post for him as well last Tuesday, May 25.
She looked back on how focused Marc would get whenever there was a big game coming and how he stays in the zone for a while, keeping his thoughts to himself.
“Every time Marc has a game, especially an important one, ‘yung tipong mga do or die games… ‘di mo makaka-usap ‘yan! He’s quiet and not his usual kulit self. Naka-focus sa talaga sa game. Minsan ilang araw pa. I give him his space kasi nag-iisip talaga ‘yan nang malalim. But once the game is over… he will always look for me and the kids in the crowd so he can hug us and say he loves us,” Danica shared.
Marc would quickly return to his sweet, loving self the moment the game’s over. “’Pag ganyan na siya sa akin, it means mission accomplished na siya. Nanalo na team nila, para sa family namin o kaya para sa bayan.”
Danica admitted that she will miss seeing her husband on the court, but she’s also looking forward to what’s coming for him and their family.
She continued, “I will definitely miss watching him play, but I’m also excited for what lies ahead. I know God has even greater plans. To everyone who has supported Marc in his basketball career, Thank you so much! We are eternally grateful for all your love and support.”
The actress ended her post by telling Marc that she will always be proud of Marc and even though he wouldn’t be shooting hoops anymore, Danica will remain his “#forevercheerleader”.
“I will be forever proud of what you’ve accomplished, @jeanmarc15!” She added, “I’ll always be by your side. Love you so much!”
Marc and Danica have been married for 14 years. They have two children together, Jean Michael and Anielle Micaela.
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