American best-selling author Mitch Albom (“Tuesdays With Morrie”) is in the country for a special mission: more than his goal of promoting his latest opus, “The First Phone Call From Heaven,” he is also here to extend help to the survivors of “Yolanda.”
“I’m here to try to see if I can also call some attention to the Tacloban area and the victims of the typhoon,” Albom shared in his one-on-one interview with Jessica Soho on “State of the Nation.”.http://www.mb.com.ph/author-mitch-albom-offers-help-to-typhoon-hit-tacloban/
Best-selling author Mitch Albom is no stranger to death. Since penning the worldwide hit Tuesdays with Morrie, in which Albom shared his favorite professor’s journey to the end, Albom has been known to write about death, heaven, and themes that force his readers to confront their own mortality.
He’s no stranger to destruction, either. Three weeks after a powerful earthquake struck Haiti in 2010, Albom flew to the scene to help out. He’s been back every month since, operating an orphanage in Port-au-Prince and logging in around 40 trips as of press time.
This is why supertyphoon Yolanda (Haiyan) struck a deep chord in Albom. The storm flattened many coastal towns in the Philippines’s Eastern Visayas region, killing 6,000 and affecting over 3,000,000 families. It finally convinced Albom—11 years since his first invitation to the Philippines—that now is the time to go.
“I’ve been asked to come to the Philippines—pretty much every year since 2003—and I always said no just because there wasn’t time or it was too far away.”
“After the typhoon hit, they asked me again, and I thought that maybe it’s a sign that I can use this popularity I have in the country for some good, instead of just for me, which didn’t seem to be enough of a reason to go,” Albom shares, stressing that Tacloban is “really the reason why I came this year.”