PBA players visit Yolanda victims
TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines - They brought cheer to a city still in mourning.
Players of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) arrived at the Tacloban Astrodome Friday morning, November 29, after swearing-in ceremonies for the city's new village chiefs and councilors, elected before the onslaught of typhoon Yolanda.
Talk'N Text and Gilas Pilipinas guard Jimmy Alapag, along with former National team members Asi Taulava, Danny Seigle, and Mark Caguioa went to the stadium's bleachers, prompting cheers from over a hundred city officials. They were joined by PBA Commissioner Chito Salud.
Most of those present were also survivors of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). The Astrodome was also where over 300 were killed at the height of the typhoon when storm surges and heavy winds ripped across Leyte and Samar.
Two incumbent village chiefs and at least 10 village councilors died during the typhoon. The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said all newly-elected chiefs survived the disaster. - Rappler