Seahawks player waves Philippine flag on the NFL field

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Nov. 18, 2013

SEATTLE, WA – Seattle Seahawks player, Doug Baldwin, Jr., whose grandmother hails from Tacloban City, the hardest-hit of Typhoon Yolanda, carried the Philippine flag, as he took the field for his team’s victory against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

Baldwin told local reporters in Seattle that most of his family members are safe, although a few are still unaccounted for.

While Baldwin has called for people to donate to the typhoon victims, the Seahawks also collected donations for the American Red Cross at the game.

While many have noticed that the Philippine flag was upside down, symbolizing war, the Seahawks explained on Twitter that they are fighting the devastation of Typhoon Yolanda, worse than many war-torn regions of the world.

This is believed to be the first time the Philippine flag had been ran across the playing field, by a player in any of the four major North American sports.

An inspired Baldwin also scored a touchdown during the game.

You may contact Steve Angeles at steve_angeles@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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