Smart Communications, Inc. | Aug 30, 2013
[30 August 2013] For the country that cheered and supported this Smart Gilas shooting guard, especially during the recently concluded 27th International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Asia Championship in Manila, all that Gary “El Granada” David wanted to do was to give back.
For the country that cheered and supported this Smart Gilas shooting guard, especially during the recently concluded 27th International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Asia Championship in Manila, all that Gary “El Granada” David wanted to do was to give back.
That opportunity came when his home town in Dinalupihan, Bataan was adversely affected by severe flooding caused by the torrential monsoon rains spawned by Typhoon Maring. Immediately, David took it upon himself to help his townspeople.
“Nung nalaman ko na binaha yung mga kababayan ko sa Dinalupihan, sinabi ko sa sarili ko kailangan kong makatulong sa kanila (When I learned that the townspeople in Dinalupihan, Bataan were greatly affected by the recent flooding, I told myself that I need to help them),” said David, who grew up in the town of Dinalupihan before transferring to Manila to play college basketball.
Looking for sponsors to mobilize much-needed resources, David worked through the PLDT-Smart Foundation (PSF), which has been spearheading relief operations in various affected areas at the height of the disaster. As it turned out, PSF planned on inviting the Gilas players in their relief operations to uplift the spirits of the residents affected by the natural calamity. So it worked out well—PSF was able to get the team to join the relief operations while David was able to channel the assistance to his very own community in Bataan.
“Gary does not only have the heart of a champion in the basketball court but more importantly, he has the heart of a compassionate Filipino,” said Esther Santos, president of PSF. “We are very happy to assist him in his cause to help his kababayan in need.”
The relief operations were organized by Tulong Kapatid, a consortium of disaster response efforts of the companies under the Metro Pacific. This includes the PLDT Group and subsidiary Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), PSF, Maynilad, One Meralco Foundation, TV5 Alagang Kapatid Foundation, Philex Mining Corporation, and Tollways Management Corporation.
“Masarap yung pakiramdam na nakatulong ako sa mga kababayan ko (It is a great feeling to be of help to my townspeople),” said David. “Sa kabila ng kalamidad na naranasan nila, nakakataba ng puso na makita na napasaya namin sila (It was heartwarming to know that we are able put a smile on their faces despite the calamity they recently encountered).”
David, together with fellow Smart Gilas players Ranidel de Ocampo and Beau Belga, players from NLEX Road Warriors, and stars from TV5, also joined the relief operations in evacuation centers in San Fernando, Pampanga. They helped in the distribution of relief goods and joined the residents in games organized by PSF.
As a team, Gilas Pilipinas, led by its head coach Chot Reyes, also donated personal funds as well as the proceeds from a relief drive that they organized called, “Gilas Pilipinas Maring Fund”.
Photo shows Smart Gilas player Gary David (center), a Dinalupihan, Bataan local hero,
handing relief bags from PSF.