Beckham gives cheer in Philippines typhoon zone
TACLOBAN, Philippines (AFP) - Football superstar David Beckham visited the Philippines on Thursday to give comfort to survivors of the Asian country's deadliest ever typhoon - although not everyone was sure of his identity.
Hundreds of survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan rushed out of their tent shelters to welcome the global celebrity, who is nevertheless unfamiliar to many citizens of the Philippines, where basketball rather than soccer is king.
"He's so handsome. I heard he plays for the Azkals," gushed mother-of-four Darilyn Bascug, referring to the Philippines' national football team.
The 38-year-old ex-England international, who ended his illustrious career last year, is on his second visit to the Philippines in his role as a "goodwill ambassador" for the UN Children's Fund.