TEN years after his last game with Purefoods in the PBA, Marquin Chandler remains very much at home in the Philippines.
The 37-year-old Chandler is in the country for a visit and on Wednesday, he dropped by the Smart Araneta Coliseum to watch Magnolia defeat NorthPort, 103-90, in the PBA Philippine Cup.
Chandler once played for the Purefoods franchise during the mid and late-2000s, and in the 2006 Fiesta Cup, the Berkeley, California native won the Best Import award and helped the Chunkee Giants to a runner-up finish.
Chandler last played for Purefoods in 2009.
The former import said the Philippines remains close to his heart. Business ventures in the country allow him to come back regularly even though he still plays professional basketball abroad, the most recent in Dominican Republic.
On Wednesday, Chandler was thrilled to see Marc Pingris and PJ Simon, the last remnants of the Purefoods team he played for.
Unfortunately, Pingris remains out as he is still recovering from the ACL injury he suffered last year while Simon was not fielded in the game against NorthPort.
“Just came out to see my brothers. Came to see Ping, PJ, wanted to catch the game, doing a little bit of business out here. But you know, I still like coming here. This is one of my favorite places ever,” said Chandler.
Chandler, a product of George Washington and San Jose State, said playing for Purefoods remains one of the memorable moments of his basketball career.
“One of the best times ever. I miss playing with them. It was fun. Coming back and watching the game brought back memories. It was cool for me,” said Chandler.
Chandler, who was here two years ago, said he is set to return to the country once again in the summer for a vacation, this time with his family.
“I’ll be back maybe in two months. I’ll bring my family back in the summer and probably stay for one month,” said Chandler.