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    Jimmy Alapag, PBA stars worried for close kin in typhoon-devastated provinces

    Nov 11, 2013
    “We are praying hard that they’re all safe there. We are praying harder each day not just for our relatives, but for everyone hit by the typhoon’s path,” says Jimmy Alapag, who like fellow PBA players Bonbon Custodio and Dylan Abab

    JIMMY Alapag’s family is one of those worried about the plight of relatives in Tacloban city after super typhoon Yolanda slammed into the Visayas region, killing an estimated 10,000 residents.

    The sweet-shooting Talk 'N Text team captain bared that his parents have been burning the lines trying to get in touch with their relatives, mostly siblings, in the typhoon-devastated city, with no success.

    “My mom, she hasn’t been able to contact some of our relatives … All of her siblings except for my uncle, who is also in the States, are all there,” Alapag told Spin.ph, sounding worried.

    Alapag’s mother, Aurora Olmedo was born in Tacloban while his father, Christian, is also from Southern Leyte.

    “We are praying hard that they’re all safe there. We are praying harder each day not just for our relatives, but for everyone hit by the typhoon’s path,” he said.

    “Just from the pictures that we see and from what I heard (from the news) it’s pretty bad out there. I am praying that God will give more strength to those affected,” Alapag said.

    Since he is playing for the Smart Communications company, Alapag assured that they are doing everything to immediately restore the telecommunications signal in the typhoon-hit region.

    “From what I heard last night, they’re doing the best they can to restore signals. The situation there is bad, but Smart is doing its best to bring back the connections,” said the pint-sized Gilas Pilipinas star.

    Alapag and his wife, actress LJ Moreno, have also taken part in the packing of relief goods at the Meralco gym.

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    “LJ and I were trying to do everything we can to help. Getting there is already hard, so we can’t just stand here. We did something to help,” he said.

    “It’s really heartbreaking to see what happened there. It was a beautiful city of beautiful people,” recalled Alapag of his hometown.

    Even Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (Abap) executive director Ed Picson has yet to establish contact with his cousins and close relatives in his native Tacloban.

    “Ilang araw na kong kumo-kontak. Wala talaga,” he said.

    “Pero nagpadala na ng team si boss MVP (Manny v. Pangilinan) dun gamit yung plane niya. Yun na lang ang hinihintay kong chance to contact our relatives there,” added Picson, whose siblings are mostly based in Manila.

    Like Alapag, Picson is also in close coordination with non-government organizations giving aide to the victims.

    “Nag-iikot nga ako ngayon, nagco-collate kami ng donations, may C-130 (plane) na nakareserba para sa organisasyon ng mga taga-Tacloban tulad ng Anwaray at Taclobanon,” he said.

    Also having troubles reaching relatives in Tacloban are Dylan Ababou and Bonbon Custodio.

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