From ‘Ligang Labas’ to MPBL, Gen San cager now living the dream

FOR 10 years, Leomar Losentes was able to feed his family from money out of “Ligang Labas.”

“Bumalik na lang ako ng province namin eh, nag-ligang labas na lang ako,” Losentes said. “Hanap-buhay na talaga yun. Matagal na rin akong nag-ligang labas, mga 10 years na rin.”

A pride of Davao Oriental, Losentes was busy making a living out of ligang labas. When food at the table is of utmost priority, the former amateur cage standout made use of his talent to good measure.

“Sa Visayas and Mindanao lang ako,” added Losentes.

There, Losentes and the rest of the players doing similar stuff are being paid per game.

“Depende, pero pinakamalaki P10,000 per game. Sa Iloilo yun. Ok naman yun kasi malakas naman ligang labas. Minsan walang pahinga eh.”

Losentes did this on purpose just to feed his family. With some of his former peers already making a career in the pro league, ligang labas has become a sanctuary for him.

Ranidel de Ocampo had already made his mark in the PBA, so as Ervin Sotto, now a retired PBA player who has a son, Kai Sotto, a seven-foot player, already seeing action for the Batang Guilas national team. These two players were former teammates of Losentes.

“Inabutan ko sila sa St. Francis of Assisi. Tapos nag-PBL ako sa Magnolia, nag-abot kami ni Bonbon (Custodio),” said Losentes.

Now back in mainstream basketball via, the MPBL Datu Cup where he is one of the resident stars of the Gen San Warriors, the 33-year-old Losentes has somewhat revived his playing career and back on the bigger stage.

For now, he has to ditch his normal routine of playing ligang labas.

“Masaya ako (kasi nakabalik na ako). Hindi na ako magliligang labas. Focus muna ako sa MPBL,” added Losentes. “Iba itong MPBL, kasi may sistema na rito. Mabibigat na kalaban hindi na basta-basta. Kailangan bigay mo lahat. Sa ligang labas, parang kanya-kanya lang eh,” added Losentes.