NOT even players as mean and massive as Asi Taulava were spared by the wrath of typhoon 'Glenda.'
Taulava and several former Coca-Cola Tigers found themselves stranded in Surigao City along with thousand others owing to the severe weather condition early Wednesday morning.
Taulava and Co. went in Mindanao during the weekend to take part in NickelAsia Mining Corporation’s basketball clinics held around the province of Surigao.
The group which also included former Coca-Cola board of governor JB Baylon, Gerard Francisco, Ronjay Enrile, Cesar Catli, Celino Cruz, and Mark Macapagal were supposed to fly back to Manila on Monday, only for their flight to be cancelled with typhoon Glenda expected to make landfall in Luzon by Tuesday.
Taulava was supposed to join his family in a short vacation in the US, but the cancelled flight from Mindanao forced them to leave him behind.
“I just talked to my wife, I told her, 'You guys go ahead. Take the flight to the US now, I will just rebook,'” said Taulava, who at poting time was already in Butuan City where he will take the earliest flight to Manila on Thursday.
His wife Anna May, also felt tense as she was forced to take along with her their four daughters, Asianna, Pauline, Samantha, and Bella, to the long planned LA trip by the family.
“Na-delay nga eh. Kaya sabi ko kay Asi, tama na umalis na kami kasi ang dami namin na magpapa-rebook, bukod sa mapapamahal, baka mahirapan kami kumuha ng flight lahat,” she said.
“At least kung kami lilipad ngayon, sa original flight kami. Si Asi na ang bahala sa sarili niya na mag-rebook at chance passenger sa next available flight. At least mag-isa siya, madali maisisingit sa booking,” added Anna May, a former beauty queen.
Though the storm did not hit Surigao, Taulava revealed feeling a little bit scared as he and his former teammates had a view of the Surigao Strait from their hotel.
“Boy, it was scary out there. I would oftentimes check outside my window and see huge clouds hovering above Visayas,” Taulava recalled.
“Of course, my mind was with my family back in Manila especially with everything bad I hear on the news. Thank God nothing much happened to the country. We’ve always been hit by calamities like this,” he said, while praising the Filipinos for being resilient in these time of need.
As for his US trip with his family, Taulava can only hope he can book a flight soon as he needs to return to Manila immediately to finalize his contract with his new team NLEX.