PBA's Scoring Apostle tells future plans, retirement

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014


JUST like a regular fan, San Mig Super Coffee Mixers shooting guard Peter June Simon watched the action by the courtside, appreciating what he's seeing as The Royal Mandaya Hotel-City Mayor's Office (SDD-CMO) and Montaña Pawnshop clashed against each other at the start of the Mayor Rody and Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte Kadayawan Commercial Basketball Tournament at the jampacked Almendras Gym Davao City Recreation Center Monday night.

The 34-year-old Simon, who had tasted seven PBA championships including the recent Grand Slam victory in the 2014 Governor’s Cup, is on his second week of vacation. He went home to Makilala in North Cotabato and is in Davao City for the Kadayawan commercial cagefest.

"Nag-uli ko sa amoa sa Makilala. Nia lang ko diri para mutan-aw sa mga dula. Mubalik ra pud ko ug Makilala paghuman aning liga (I went home to Makilala. I'm just here to watch the games but I'm going back to Makilala after the tournament)," Simon said in an interview with Sun.Star Davao after the TRMH-CMO-Montaña game.

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Simon, a former University of Mindanao (UM) Wildcats player, said he just enjoyed watching his friends from both teams play although he would have also wanted to suit up in a team for the annual Kadayawan tournament presented by the city government of Davao through the Sports Development Division of the City Mayor's Office.

PBA's Scoring Apostle said, "Gusto man ko mudula pero mas maayo nang mutan-aw lang ko. Ako man ning mga amigo ang nagdula. Dako na akong kalipay nga makabalik diri ug makakita ug liga (I would have wanted to play but I opted to be on the sideline and watch may friends play instead. I'm happy to be back and watch this league)."

When asked about his future plans, Simon was quick to reply: "Magretire na siguro ko three to four years from now. Tigulang naman ko. Gusto napud ko mubalik diri. Gusto napud ko mag-asawa. Pangitai ko diri beh. Naa ungta tong taga-Manila pero dili man sya gusto muanhi ug Davao o sa Makilala (I might retire after three or four years. I'm old. I want to come back here and settle down. Look for a wife for me. There's one from Manila but she doesn't want to stay in Davao or in Makilala)."

Prodded on, he said business is not for him, saying, "Wala koy alam anang business oi. Mga investments raman akoa - yuta, condo. Nakapabalay ko sa Makilala sakto ra pud sa akong pamilya. Kung mag-retire ko, murag dili gyud ko pwede mag-negosyo (I don't know anything about business. I just had few investments - land, condominium and built a house in Makilala for my family. When I retire, I don't think I'll ever go into business)."

He has indeed come a long way since steering the UM Wildcats to multiple championships in the Gaisano South (GS) Cup.

But Simon stays grounded, "Kining tanan nga naabot nako, grasya ni sa Ginoo. Dako akong pasalamat sa Ginoo sa pabor na gihatag niya nako ug sa akong pamilya (Everything I have achieved is by the grace of God. I thank him for the favor he extended to me and to my family)."

He's returning to Manila next week. Although he's enjoying his vacation so far, Simon said, "Back to normal pagbalik sa Manila. Focus sa training, sa basketball."

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 20, 2014.

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