May 07, 2021

Intal enjoying PBA retirement as an artist

JC Intal is fast proving there is indeed, life after the PBA.

Just two months after officially retiring from playing, the 37-year-old Phoenix wingman launched his second solo exhibit at the Art Fair Philippines.

The show began last May 6 and ends on the 15th and hosted by J Studio, a Makati-based gallery which also staged Intal's first art show February of last year.

Shortly upon announcing his retirement in the pro league, the high-flying forward out of Ateneo already knew what will be his next career path.

"Bago na ang routine ko. Painting na ako ngayon," he said. "Focus na ako sa art."

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It wasn't surprising Intal shifted focus to art after playing in the PBA for 13 seasons that saw him suited up for Air21, Barako Bull, Barangay Ginebra, the Purefoods franchise, and finally with Phoenix, where he played his last five years in the league.

He comes from a family of artist, including younger brother, volleyball player Rex Intal who also does his own painting.

Artist Jigger Cruz is likewise a close friend of him and the one who was the biggest influence on his art.

Since last playing with the Fuel Masters in the Philippine Cup bubble, Intal have had the whole time to sit down and focus on his new passion, leading to his second solo exhibit after more than a year.

"Sobrang timing din na retirement, tapos meron naman akong ni-look forward na second solo show," he said.

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Intal retired with career averages of 7.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.3 assists while playing in a total of 447 games. (RG)