TNT KaTropa big man Marion Magat is feeling the throwback Thursday vibe as he recalled his days working as a graphics artist for a publishing firm.
Unbeknownst to many, before Magat was drafted sixth in the second round by Alaska four years ago, the Dagupan City native actually worked at Manila Bulletin while also playing for Café France in the PBA D-League.
What started out as a sideline turned out to be an enjoyable job for Magat, who at one point was assigned at Hiligaynon magazine, doing layout and editing.
“Medyo maliit kasi ang sahod ko as basketball player so nag-sideline ako sa Manila Bulletin,” shared Magat. “Madali lang naman matutunan ang ginagawa nila,. May naka-assign sa akin na kung ano'ng gagawin, kung ano ang dapat i-edit. Taga-edit ako ng mga pictures, kung saan ilalagay ang mga layout ganyan.”
Though Magat's two-job routine was particularly challenging, he made sure to fulfill all of his commitments without sacrificing one for the other.
“After ng practice diretso na ako sa opisina,” he recalled. “Mahirap siya kasi umaga ang practice for ilang oras din tapos after diretso na ako sa work.
“Pero naintindihan naman ng boss ko ang sitwasyon ko. Bale [ang naging everyday routine ko] pagdating ko sa work, kakain tapos pahinga nang saglit tapos work na sa graphics.”
His former officemate, Oteph Antipolo, said their whole team is proud to see Magat find success in the PBA.
“Mabait at masipag,” Antipolo said of the respectful Magat. “Kuya nang kuya sa amin eh malaki pa siya sa amin! Basta super bait niya sa amin, proud kami kasi may PBA player kaming naka-work. Siya lang duma-dunk pag naglalaro kami sa Bulletin”
Magat said he's contented with how his career has been going so far. After three uneventful seasons with Alaska, he was traded to NLEX before finally finding a home with TNT KaTropa.
Asked if he has plans to do some freelance gigs in publishing during his free time, Magat joked that he just might try it out again one day.
“Pagkatapos ko dito sa basketball baka mag-apply ako ulit as graphic artist.”