THE PBA is not planning to postpone any of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals game that will coincide with the Manila visit of Pope Francis, but will push back the starting times of the match from afternoon to evening.
Willie Marcial, the league media bureau chief, said a finals game scheduled on January 18 game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum and set at 5 p.m. will start instead at 7:30 p.m. to give way to the afternoon mass by Pope Francis to be held at the Quirino Grandstand.
Pope Francis will be visiting the country from January 15 to 19.
“Minove namin ng 7 o’ clock para after ng misa niya,” said Marcial.
However, Marcial said there is no reason to move the finals game set for January 16 since it will go on as scheduled at 7 p.m.
Marcial said the schedule change is necessary since all television networks including TV5, the league’s carrying station, are going to provide live telecast of Pope Francis’ mass.
Even the Big Dome, according to Marcial, is going to air the mass on a giant television screens to be set up inside the venue for the benefit of people who can’t go to the Quirino Grandstand.
“Pati ‘yung Araneta ipapalabas ‘yung Mass niya kaya lahat kami, adjust kami,” said Marcial.