Philippine Volcanoes' Andrew Wolff and Eric Tai say Vice Ganda is a big help in promoting rugby in the country.
With the impressive performance of Pinoy athletes abroad, more sports teams are also rising in popularity on the heels of the national football team, the Azkals. This year, the men’s national rugby team, the Volcanoes, also became more visible off the field as well.
Last month, Philippine Volcanoes members Eric Tai and Chris Everingham became guest judges on Showtime
and were then joined by Andrew Wolff in a guest appearance on the top-rated weekend show Gandang Gabi Vice.
During the Volcanoes Meet and Greet session held by the team’s biggest sponsor JML last December 13 at SM Megamall, the Volcanoes admitted that they appreciated the opportunity to be on the popular talent show. “It was a privilege to be on Showtime at saka Gandang Gabi Vice. Malaking
exposure yun sa amin
as Volcanoes and as individuals din. Sa Showtime naging hurado kami ni
Chris Everingham. We’re really thankful for that exposure and there’s a lot of positivity that came out of that. Na hindi lang pala kami malakas at matapang sa
field pero mabait din kami sa harapan ng
camera,” said Volcanoes member Eric Tai.
A big part of how they got involved with the shows was because of Showtime
judge Vice Ganda, who is good friends with Andrew Wolff, who was also part of the hit movie Praybeyt Benjamin
. “Vice is a really, really nice friend. Solid siya, solid,” Wolff said.
Eric revealed he met the talented comedian through Andrew as well. “We’re really thankful for Vice for pushing the Volcanoes. Vice was the one that pushed us to go on Showtime. Malaking tulong yan sa amin.
She’s a great spirit. She really pushed us on all these shows because she believed in us as not just athletes but as people representing the country. Yan ang pinaka-importante dun
,” Tai shared.
When it comes to malicious rumors questioning the nature of Vice’s relationship with other men, both Andrew and Eric are quick to defend their friend. “Bahala sila, bahala na lang yung mga taong nagkakalat ng chismis
. I’ve been a friend of Vice for nearly two years now and walang malisya dun
,” Wolff explained. Eric, who is a familiar face in commercials and billboards, said they have gotten used to shrugging off gossip about their comedian friend. “They always do that with Vice. Whoever is tight with Vice na lalake
, they would always say baka ano ni
They always try to put that angle on,” Tai said during the JML event.
Both Volcanoes members said that they see no problem with having gay friends. “Actually everyone is equal and we treat all the sexes the same. Male, female or batting for both sides it’s okay as long as you respect everyone and everyone else respects you also. I’ve always been respectful. As long as they respect you and not jump that line, okay lang
,” said Tai who is also part of the upcoming Angelica Panganiban movie Madaling Araw, Mahabang Gabi
which is slated for release next year.
The Philippine Volcanoes won the silver medal at the Asian Men’s Rugby 7s Championships in Borneo last September and are now getting ready to win an invite to compete in the prestigious Hong Kong 7s tournament in March next year.