MANILA, Philippines - Players of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) plan to donate funds to the victims of the non-stop rains that caused severe flooding in Metro Manila and large parts of Luzon Tuesday.
National team head coach Chot Reyes spearheaded the initiative, calling on players through Twitter to donate P5,000 each.
"No need for charity game. If all players and staff in the PBA (approximately 200 people), give P5000 each, that's P1-M," Reyes tweeted.
He asked the team captains of the PBA teams to take care of collecting the funds for their teams, personally tweeting Asi Taulava, Denok Miranda, Doug Kramer, Gabe Norwood, JC Intal, LA Tenorio and Jimmy Alapag.
Reyes emphasized that holding a charity game was difficult in light of the situation.
"Yung expenses? Venue rental, tickets, officials? Who will organize? Kelan pa, e baha sa buong Manila?" Reyes said, responding to a fan who said that a charity game will raise more money.
Reyes added that if the donations from PBA players and staff reach P1 million, the MVP Sports Foundation will match the amount.
PBA fans can also donate by depositing to the PBA Press Corps UCPB account. (Account no: 00191-000364-8)
"Then inform us via [email protected], or SMS 09284358333," Reyes tweeted.
Meanwhile, Ateneo star Kiefer Ravena is planning to hold another charity basketball game for the flood victims.
Last January, Ravena and other college basketball stars as well as celebrities teamed up in "Fastbreak," a charity basketball game to help raise funds for the victims of Typhoon Sendong.
"Fastbreak 2, ideas on the way," Ravena tweeted, and later added: "We gonna do this. #Fastbreak2"