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FHM takes on the Azkals
It sure took them a while, but the fired-up Philippine Azkals have finally proven that Pinoy hoops and fight fans can make room for football in their hearts
by Ronjay Eduvas | Apr 28, 2011
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We finally got a hold of you guys. How was the shoot?
Anton del Rosario: The shoot was wonderful. It was fast and you guys had everything set up and you knew exactly what you wanted.

Aly Borromeo: The concept was good
and it’s different from anything else we’ve done, which is why we agreed to it right away. It’s good for the team, yeah.

Chieffy Caligdong: Masaya kasi first time namin sa men’s magazine. Kasi for us it’s not about the money, it’s about exposure for the team.

How does the team deal with all the attention it has been receiving?
Aly: I think it’s pretty much the same. We’re still the same people. That hasn’t changed. Finally, we’re there and a lot of
the guys deserve it, but we’re still not done. We’re just starting. People think we’ve actually accomplished something. It’s not like we won in the World Cup. That’s not the case here. We’re still playing in the ladders.

Anton: Just because people know who we are now doesn’t mean we’re going to change who we are. At the end of the day,
we’re still athletes who are playing for the country. So that’s our priority and that’s what we’ve got to focus on.

Aly: But it definitely helps. We don’t want it to die down anytime soon. We want to keep it going forever, for the sport and in this country. We want to be the pioneers; we want to put football on the map.

Can you recall the team’s claim to fame?
Aly: The Vietnam game. It was all in the papers the next day and everyone talked about it and everyone started following our games after Vietnam. They realized the Philippines had a football team and they started watching and getting involved.

Anton: We got a lot of recognition for that. It was one of the top 10 stories in football in the world last year.

It must have been rowdy, beating Vietnam in their country. We bet the crowd was shocked.
Aly: We were shocked ourselves.

Ian Araneta: Pero okay lang yung crowd ng Vietnam eh, mas malala yung sa
Indonesia.

Anton: Almost 40,000 people. You
could feel the vibrations in Vietnam, but in Indonesia from here to there, you woudn’t be able to talk to each other.

Chieffy made a goal in the team’s 2-0 victory over Mongolia in the AFC Challenge Cup last February. Congratulations!
Aly: He scores every day in practice, honestly. It’s normal and it’s a good goal for the Filipinos here who don’t know about the sport.

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PHOTOGRAPHY: AT MACULANGAN
WORDS: MICH LAGDAMEO AND MIKEY AGULTO
ART DIRECTION: PAUL VILLARIBA
STYLING: BADJ GALIAS GENATO
SET DESIGN: GENIE RANADA
CLOTHING BY BENCH AND FOREVER21
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