THERE are many compelling stories at this week's World Cup at Royal Melbourne, but few more touching than for Team Philippines.
Although Angelo Que and Tony Lascuna are lining for their second and third shots, respectively, at the title, never before have they been a focal point.
But as their country tries to recover from the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan, the pair is hopeful their exposure can help relief efforts at home.
Que said he'd had an emotional discussion with Australian Jason Day, who lost at least eight relatives, including his grandmother, in the super storm.
But he said the efforts of the respective tours and players to donate to the cause in the past week had been stirring, including Chinese star Liang Wenchong who donated half his prizemoney after winning the Manila Masters at the weekend.
"It's nice. It is a great feeling (that) people are right behind you no matter what," Que said.
"It is a sad situation but it is good that it brought everybody closer together.
"We are going to get through this no matter what and with the help of everybody else we are going to get through it better."
Philippines flag pins were on sale at Royal Melbourne today as fans, players and caddies rallied to help.
Day said he was grateful for the support of all who'd reached out to him in the past week and that he couldn't wait to hug his mother - who emigrated to Australia 30 years ago - when she arrives from Brisbane later in the week.