Filipino-American forward Caelan Tiongson will be joining San Miguel Alab Pilipinas as they try to defend their championship in the upcoming ASEAN Basketball League (ABL).

Tiongson played one season for the Chong Son Kung Fu, where he averaged 11.7 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 0.4 steals per game. They finished first place after the elimination round and advanced to the semifinals but were defeated by Mono Vampire Basketball Club of Thailand.

Rumors of his potential move to the Philippine club started when the athletic forward inked a deal with Virtual Playground, the sports management agency also managed by Alab Pilipinas head Charlie Dy, towards the end of the previous ABL regular season.

“I’m gonna miss the Scooter Gang (Kung Fu teammates Mikh McKinney, Justin Howard, and Anthony Tucker). Those guys raised me up my rookie year and we had a great run,” said Tiongson. “But I’m excited to be going to play in the Philippines. I just gonna bring my same attitude and work ethic, excited for this next chapter.”

Alab Pilipinas head coach Jimmy Alapag welcomes the addition of another relentless workhorse on both ends of the floor as the team looks to go back-to-back.

“I’m very excited to have Caelan join our Alab family this upcoming ABL season,” shared Alapag. “He gives us a lot of versatility with his ability to score, as well as defend and rebound. He’ll be a major contributor to the team as we prepare to defend our championship.”

Not much is known about the future line-up of the defending ABL champions, but fans are hoping they retain Local Most Valuable Player Bobby Ray Parks Jr. for at least one more season before he tries to declare for the PBA Draft, and also get Justin Brownlee, Renaldo Balkman, and Filipino-American forward Lawrence Domingo back as their reinforcements.