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‘Mwah Mwah Tsup Tsup’: Vic Sotto steals scene at Gilas match in support of son-in-law Marc Pingris

Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

Popular comedian and television host Vic Sotto has thrown his full support behind the Philippine national men’s basketball team at the Mall of Asia Arena.

For the second time in the tournament, Sotto attended a match on Wednesday night to support Gilas Pilipinas, especially his son-in-law Marc Pingris. This time, he was with girlfriend and “Eat Bulaga” co-host Pauleen Luna.

Even as a member of the audience during the Philippines-Hong Kong match, ‘Bossing’ Vic was able to leave the crowd in stitches. When the ball went out of bounds directly to him, he grabbed it and squared up as if preparing to shoot a jumper at the basket, much to the delight of the crowd.

That moment added a bit of levity to help ease up the fans, who were tense for a good chunk of the match as Gilas had trouble putting away its lightweight opponent.

Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

According to Pingris, it was his first time to see his father-in-law squaring up for a shot.

“Hindi ko pa nakita mag-basketball si Daddy,” he told InterAKTV in an exclusive interview.

For the San Mig Coffee forward, the presence of his in-laws has been a big source of inspiration. “Thankful talaga ako sa kanila kasi grabe yung suporta nila sa akin,” he said.

He noted how Sotto has been going out of his way despite his busy showbiz schedule to catch the games of the Philippine team.

“Grabe yung suporta niya sa akin pati na rin sa Gilas. Yung konting available time niya binibigay niya pa rito. So thank you Daddy, I love you.”

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