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    PBA star Marc Pingris drives a pickup truck that's as tough as its owner

    Apr 14, 2017
    The souped-up Isuzu D-Max pick-up has been with Star forward Marc Pingris since he entered the PBA back in 2004. Karlo Sacamos

    ON the court, Marc Pingris is one of the toughest players – willing to mix it up down low without a moment of hesitation.

    On the road, the Star power forward drives a car that’s as tough.

    Pingris shared to SPIN.ph the story behind his black Isuzu D-Max, his first brand-new car that also has a lot of sentimental value, having lasted as long as his PBA career.

    The 35-year-old cager bought the pickup truck in 2004, the same year he was taken third overall in the pro draft.

    And it has undergone a handful of customizations, including changing the tires to a bigger, off-road variety that can tread through the rough roads of the family-owned fruit and animal farm in his native Pozorrubio, Pangasinan.

    “Ayaw ko lang i-let go, so pinaganda ko ng konti kasi gusto ko sa farm namin, kailangan mataas yung sasakyan,” Pingris said. “At kasi diesel, matipid sa gas.”

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    “Tsaka for me, dun ko pa rin talaga nakikita yung pinaghirapan ko dati,” he added. “Napamahal na sa ’kin.”

    [See Pingris enjoys thrill, anonymity as he rides bike to Star practice]

    The durable truck has also gone through, just recently, a color change – from white to black.

    “Para konting angas lang,” Pingris said.

    Asked how much he spent for the transformation, the three-time Defensive Player of the Year politely declined to give the amount.

    “Secret na yun, baka magalit si misis,” Pingris said with a smile.

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