Local man trapped by typhoon; parents search for answers


by KHOU.com staff


Posted on November 11, 2013 at 11:50 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 12 at 3:35 PM

HOUSTON -- Typhoon Haiyan may have hit more than 8,500 miles away, but the impact is being felt in the Houston home of Harry and Deloris Davis. They've been waiting to hear from their son, Phil Burgay.

“It's been bad. It's terrible not knowing,” Deloris said.

Burgay traveled to the Philippines about three weeks ago to make arrangements to bring his fiancée, Ritzchelle, and her daughter to the United States.

“He had told me they were going to talk to an attorney while he was over there because he wanted her to come back with him,” Deloris said.

But then came the storm.

“I said, 'Phil, go get on the plane and come home and bring everyone home with you,'” Deloris said.

Burgay is in Palo, Leyte, just 15 minutes away from Tacloban City, where an estimated 10,000 people may have been killed in the storm. There were also reports of people being buried in mass graves.

The Davis' hoped he had just been too busy to call.

“I think if he is alive, he's out there working, helping other people, trying to get things organized,” Deloris said.

Harry, Phil’s stepfather, said he already knows the first thing he'll do when Phil comes home:

“Gimme the keys to his car so I can drive it around the block,” Harry said. “He has a Ferrari and I want to drive it. Sometimes he acts like a kid, but that's the way we think of our children all the time, and he’s my child too.”