Many of you basketball fans might not know this but “The Beast” of Alaska Aces Calvin Abueva is actually a person bound by strong religious beliefs. The triple threat professional basketball player of the PBA struggled with poverty at an early age while living in Balibago, Angeles City, Pampanga. That’s why early on he learned to devote himself to his faith and place his trust in God.
In a report by Spin Ph, the 30-year-old PBA star started his own personal “panata” during the Lenten season of 2003. As young as 15-years-old, he dreamed of giving his family a better future. He used to join flagellants and even carried the cross – as a personal sacrifice to God.
Here is what he said:
“Panata ko noon ‘yung pangarap mo sa buhay na makatulong ka sa pamilya mo. Penitensiya para ipagdasal kung paano ‘yung tatahakin ng buhay ko.”
As stated before, he volunteered to carry the cross in his hometown from 2003 to 2010. Moreover, he also participated in the act of self-flagellation during Holy Week.
“Tuwing Miyerkules Santo nagbubuhat ako ng krus sa bayan ko sa Angeles, doon ako umiikot, mga pito o walong puni (pabasa).”
“At pag Biyernes Santo kasama ko ‘yung tropa ko, mga fifty kami, mamamalaspas kami doon sa may Bamban. Pagpapalaspas ‘yung pinapalo ang likod na dumudugo.”
Although he is presently unable to perform this personal “panata” in his hometown, the PBA player discovered an alternative way of offering his blessings and prayers to God.
“Last Friday, buti na lang binigyan ako ng GC ng Chooks to Go, pinapalit ko at pina-chop ko, nagluto ako ng pancit at kanin then nilagay ko sa styro, pinamigay ko sa Quiapo and sa mga nasunugan sa San Juan.”
“Masarap sa pakiramdam sa akin kasi makapamahagi lang ako ng grasya na nakukuha ko, okay na ako, malaking bagay na sa akin.”
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