The city of Bogo in Cebu province is the next stop of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) in its continuing effort to help relief operations for the victims of super howler Yolanda.
Petron Blaze stars Arwind Santos and Alex Cabagnot, Barako Bull’s Willie Miller and Globalport’s Sol Mercado take their turn to personally lend a hand in the league’s program, joining PBA commissioner Chito Salud and chairman Mon Segismundo in their Bogo visit on today.
Actress Shaina Magdayao, a Bogo native, and Excite Inc. chief operating officer Icel Palomares Argana, with their own relief goods, will be part of the PBA delegation in this trip under the Alagang PBA program.
The PBA is giving away basketball boards, goals and balls on top of relief packages to the people of Bogo which was among those hardest hit by super typhoon Yolanda.
Salud and his team are coordinating with Cebu board member Yayoy Alcoseba, travel/tours expert Andrew Teh and Congressman Celestino Martinez.
Last November, Mark Caguioa, Jimmy Alapag and Asi Taulava, LA Tenorio and Danny Seigle helped in PBA’s relief operation in Tacloban City.
“This is our way of showing support to our brothers who were devastated by Yolanda. And the PBA is on it for a long term, not just one time,” said the league commissioner then.
“Babalik kami ng babalik sa mga nasalantang lugar. We’ll visit Ormoc, Samar, Bohol and even Cebu,” Salud added. And as promised by the PBA chieftain, a PBA team hit the road again, delivering goods to the needy.
The background of the program was the group of kids photographed playing basketball on a makeshift court amidst the ruins and debris in Western Samar.
The photo went viral in social media with NBA players considering it as one of the best basketball pictures in the recent past.
The kids were saying playing basketball is their only source of entertainment now, and they’re hoping to be visited by their idols from the PBA.