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Celebrities like Angel Locsin and KC Concepcion show their full support for the Azkals

Kapamilya stars rally for the Philippine football team on and off the field.

BY RHEA MANILA SANTOS

Twitter: @allaboutmanila

FRESH SCOOPS

7/30/2011 1:13 AM
Celebrities like Angel Locsin and KC Concepcion show their full support for the Azkals


073011-azkals-main.jpgDespite a heartbreaking 2-1 loss on their second game against Kuwait’s Al-Azraq last July 28 in Rizal Stadium, the Philippine Azkals definitely felt the love from their supporters all over the world via social networking sites. In Twitter especially, celebrities rallied for online support for the Men’s National Football team campaign for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
 
Angel Locsin, who is now more known to football fans as Azkal striker Phil Younghusband’s ‘inspiration,’ admitted in her Twitter account that she was looking forward to being at the game. “G'morning!? feeling a lot better now.. thanks to sleep & water? excited to watch the match later with @DimplesRomana!? yey?.” During the match, Angel kept her account active with tweets like “Team work guys,” “Where’s the support??” and “Infairnes sa mga katabi kong bagets! :) galing nila mag cheer! :) go pinoys!!!! :).”
 
KC Concepcion, who had played soccer growing up, had even asked all her followers to pray for the team the night before the match. Despite having work on game day, KC still kept tabs on the game and wrote tweets like, the Azkals are bringin back middle school memories! used to play football in 7th grade in Boston.. midfielder. now it's my cousins who play,” “Gofightwin, Azkals! Sulong LABAN PILIPINO?, pakinggan sa inyong puso ang sigaw na dati'y bulong...POSIBLE #Azkals #WeBelieveVICTORY” and “Today WHITE is the color of courage. Everyone's been asked to wear white as our Azkals will be in white. Woot! Proud of them no matter what,” she tweeted.
 
Some celebs even went all the way to Rizal Stadium in Manila to catch the game live despite the erratic weather. Mylene Dizon brought along her son Tomas and even posted a pic of him with the football field as the backdrop. The single mom was obviously excited to share that moment with her son. She tweeted, “The I love the energy here at the Rizal Stadium! Sulit ang bayad!!!
 
Celebrity football players Jon Avila and Andrew Wolf (who is also a member of the Philippine Volcanoes, the men’s national rugby team) also braved the crowds and the weather to watch the game. Andrew even tweeted that he took the LRT to make sure he got to the game in time. He tweeted updates from his commute on the way to the game. “Getting on the #LRT1 is like playing Rugby! Banggaan to the max! #astig haha!” and “At #ShawBoulevarde #MRT going towards #Taft. Aint done this for a while! #Trip Hehe!”
 
Studio 23 news anchor TJ Manotoc also gave blow-by-blow tweets of the game for those who were monitoring the results online. “Full time! Kuwait advances on 5-1 aggregate! Great to see & hear 95% of crowd still cheering on Azkals! We're proud of you guys! Laban lang!” The popular newscaster also gave interesting insights on what was happening inside the stadium. “sad 2 c some people leaving already. u only came for a win? cheer em on for 90 min no matter what! mga 50 left na.”
 
Rico Blanco said he felt honored when someone tweeted him that they we’re playing his song “Posible” on the field. The singer-actor was also actively tweeting his sentiments all throughout the game. “I'm proud of our #azkals who fought gallantly. We can't win all the time. This ain't boxing yo.” Although the Azkals weren’t able to step into the next qualifying level for the 2014 World Cup, they are set to face Hong Kong, Macau, and Chinese Taipei in the 2011 Long Teng Cup in Chinese Taipei. According to abs-cbnnews.com, the team plans to regroup by third week of August to prepare for the tournament after a one-month break from their attempted World Cup Qualifier run.
 
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