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These Young Athletes From Benguet Were Once Typhoon Victims

2 ATHLETES – Recurring memories of typhoon Ompong kept boggling the minds of these two athletes from Itogon, Benguet.

The annual Palarong Pambansa is a great platform for Filipino athletes to showcase different feats of strength, agility and other skills. It also features remarkable stories behind every athletes journey.

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On a previous report, we shared about the journey of four athletes going from the top most island of the Philippines to Davao City.

Meanwhile, these two athletes from Itogon, Benguet looks back to fallen trees, broken roads, collapsed lands and massive fear.

Remembering the experience from September of 2018 during the typhoon Ompong, Lara Mae Pangosban – Cordillera Administrative Region’s representative for Elmentary-level table tennis – said that their mom wanted to evacuate at the time.

This is according to an article from ABS CBN News.

Their mother was fearing that a nearby house on a mountainside might collapse and fall onto them, according to Pangosban.

Despite the fear that their situation could get worse, they did not evacuate to Dalicno Elementary School, also because the center was already crowded.

On the other hand, Creishna Kate Gayudan – a taekwondo player – shared that they were almost trapped in their barangay due to collapsed lands during the massive typhoon.

Gayudan and her family resides at Barangay Ucab – where a landslide occurred and claimed 100 lives. But according to her, their house was at the center of the barangay where the mountains aren’t that high.

Fortunately the families of both athletes pulled through the storm just fine. They did not evacuate and there were no injuries.

Although they decided not to transfer, the two athletes revealed that they had their homes checked for whatever repair is needed.

That is all there is to it, at least for now. We’ll post updates as soon as we got them.

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