19 October 2015

Jordan Clarkson Expresses Concern for PHL

Jordan Clarkson
Filipino-American NBA player Jordan Clarkson offered prayers to his fellow countrymen in the Philippines that is currently being pummeled by typhoon Lando (international name: Koppu).

The sophomore guard of the Los Angeles Lakers and Gilas Pilipinas player, took to microblogging site Twitter to express his concern over the destruction the super typhoon is expected to bring to his mother's homeland.

Clarkson wrote on his @JCalrk5on account: '#Philippine's #Prayer @lettrs for victory over #Typhoon Koppu for people of Casiguran http://txt.lettrs.com/m/EjTFMXl2Ln shortly upon learning that the typhoon was sweeping into the northern part of the Philippines.

Clarkson, whose mother Annette is a Filipina, also wrote this heartfelt post on social messaging application letters.com last 18 October when the typhoon made its landfall in the country.

"I’ve never paid much attention to natural disasters prior to his year. When I lived in Missouri there were tornado warnings but now that I’m reconnected with my Filipino roots there is much concern.

Typhoon Koppu swept into the northern Philippines. As I learn more about typhoons it is alarming to see the size and speed of Koppu.

This huge, slow-moving typhoon made landfall near the town of Casiguran on the island of Luzon on Sunday morning. The speed of the typhoon is such that it will cause rain to fall in the same place for days causing major flooding.

Prayers to all Casiguran and beyond."
He made the letter a few hours after scoring 17 points to lead the Lakers in a pre-season win against defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors, 85-70, in a shortened game.

Clarkson recently visited the country this year and re-connected with his Filipino roots in Pampanga. He also joined the Gilas Pilipinas national team training camp as an observer in the hopes of representing the country in future international tournaments as his papers are still being evaluated by FIBA.

The NBA sophomore guard hopes to suit up for Gilas in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament next year after falling short of its bid to make it to Rio outright following its silver medal run in the FIBA Asia Men's Championship.

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