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Pessumal on Ravena shove: I’m not here to make friends

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Players turn up the heat on Australian Open weather policy Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netKiefer Ravena and Von Pessumal go way back, winning three titles during their high school days in Ateneo then teaming up again to steer the senior’s team to two more crowns.But on Friday, it seemed like they were never on the same side when the two former teammates surprisingly clashed as NLEX and San Miguel faced off in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Pessumal said that he doesn’t pay much attention on who is defending him during the games.“It’s just like any other game. When I play, I don’t see who’s guarding me. I just play and I play to win all the time,” he said as the 6-foot-2 guard has been making the most of the opportunities given to him and the bench crew by coach Leo Austria.“We know that our starting five is probably the best in the PBA. I don’t wanna say ever, but it’s up there. So when we come in, us bench guys have to sustain the level of excellence that they have. Our job is when we get in, we should bring the level higher so when the starters come back, the game will be easier for them.”Consider this a fair warning from Pessumal though. Whether or not he shares a past with any other player, once that ball tips on the court, his goal is one thing only: to help San Miguel win.“I’m a professional basketball player. I’m not here to make any friends,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Early in the fourth quarter, Ravena blocked Pessumal’s fastbreak layup and left his ex-Blue Eagle comrade with a staredown as he slowly got back on his feet.Seemingly irate, the Beermen gunslinger waited as his teammates recovered for the possession, and when Marcio Lassiter heaved a three-pointer, Pessumal rushed to get a rebound and gave Ravena a hard shove at the 9:50 mark of the fourth frame.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe 24-year-old swingman, however, downplayed the scuffle which merited him a flagrant foul penalty one.“It’s part of the game. I don’t wanna say anything. It’s not a big deal,” he said after finishing with 10 points in San Miguel’s 109-98 win over NLEX. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View commentslast_img read more

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Orthodox Christian Pascha services start tonight

first_imgThe Antiochian Orthodox Church follows a certain formula, as do Greek and Russian Orthodox churches, to determine the Sunday when Pascha is celebrated. Most years, Pascha doesn’t coincide with churches that follow the Western date, such as Roman Catholic, Lutheran or Anglican churches. Pascha is always celebrated on the Sunday that comes after the first full moon on or after the vernal equinox, but also after the Jewish observance of Passover has begun. The Antiochian Orthodox Church has the distinction of being the first church whose members were called Christians. This venerable church has its roots in Antioch, now called Antakya, in southern Turkey, and was founded, it is said, by the apostles Peter and Paul. The current headquarters of the Antiochian Orthodox Church is Damascus, Syria. The congregation of St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church, whose services use 95 percent English, will participate in the ancient and dramatic pageantry of the Pascha service tonight beginning with a candlelight procession from a darkened church sanctuary out to a starlit sky. “We go around the church and stand at the front doors. The congregation is singing the Paschal Canon. The priest pounds on the door and there is a dialogue with someone who represents Satan behind the doors,” Baclig said. “When the doors finally open, everyone sees the lights are on and the candles are lit. And the chandelier is swinging. Why? Because that signifies that an earth-shaking event has happened.” The potent audiovisual experience of the Resurrection service also includes the church’s icons’ doors being opened, when they are normally shut, and a bay leaf-strewn floor, from the morning Saturday service, that signifies the presence of a king, Jesus. “You can’t enter the church and not see that something spectacular has happened. All of the things we see are all there to exemplify that the Resurrection was life-changing. The message of Pascha is focused on Christ’s victory over darkness, death and sin,” said Baclig, who was a convert to the Orthodox Church and will celebrate 25 years in the clergy next year. Tonight’s service will tug at the heartstrings of member Riad Aftimos, who is from Damascus. The congregation at St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church is made up of people whose home countries include Lebanon, Israel, Egypt and some Eastern European countries. “It is a little bit nostalgic for me here on Easter. People live close together in that part of the city (Damascus) so it’s like we’re one big family. This service (there) is so packed with people that many have to stand outside the church,” said Aftimos, who has been in the United States for seven years. “The only difference between the service here and there, besides the language, is that it is longer there. Maybe I feel closer to God there, but I am proud to be a part of the community of first Christians.” Strolling bands play in the street in Damascus during Holy Week, with sad songs on Good Friday, and they also play on the Monday and Tuesday after Easter. People dress up for church services because they respect that church is a holy place, said Aftimos. Christians in Damascus dye hard-boiled eggs for Pascha, but Easter baskets are an acquired custom from Europe, and, as Aftimos charmingly put it, “What does the bunny mean?” On Easter Monday, the custom is for people to put flowers on loved ones’ graves and pray for the resurrection of the dead. Tonight’s service at St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox includes the Paschal sermon written by St. John Chrysostom, who was from Antioch. This sermon is always used at Orthodox churches for Pascha. Red-dyed eggs will be handed out at the end of tonight’s service. The congregation will hold a breakfast about 2 a.m. Sunday. People whose ancestry is from Eastern Europe will have their Easter baskets – baskets filled not with chocolates, but with meat, cheese, bread and wine – blessed. Sunday morning’s service is called the Paschal Vespers of Agape (Love). The Gospel will be read in as many languages as the congregation knows, including English, Arabic, Greek and Slavic languages. Services of the Glorious Resurrection – Holy Pascha, 11:30 p.m. today, St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church, 16643 Vanowen St., Van Nuys. The Paschal Vespers of Agape, 11 a.m. Sunday. Call (818) 994-2313 or see [email protected] (818) 713-3708160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VAN NUYS – “Christ is risen; truly, he is risen” will be repeated joyously by members of Orthodox Christian churches at services beginning late tonight. Pascha, an Aramaic word used by Orthodox Christians for the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection, has arrived after an eight-day prayerful journey, which began March 31 with the Lazarus Saturday service. Memorializing Jesus’ last public miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead to the Last Supper and the resurrection, Orthodox Christians have attended services each day to remember the last days of Christ’s spiritual work on Earth. “This is the feast of feasts for us. It is the focal point of our year. Everything leads to Pascha,” said the Very Rev. Timothy Baclig from St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church in Van Nuys. “This feast is a tremendous experience that gives people hope and reveals the plan of God.” last_img read more

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