Good-looking, well-spoken and very athletic, this Neil Etheridge.
courtesy of Dyan Castillejo
We all know him as the Fil-Brit lad who played goalie for the Philippine Azkals. And some of you may also remember him as the guy who sizzled in that Folded and Hung video that was never really aired on the small screen as a TVC. But for face-familiarity alone, everyone will recognize him as Neil Etheridge – tall, good-looking and with an English accent so thick you’d never guess he would even pass off as having Filipino blood.
But he does. And he has proven it many times over in the past. Why not extend the love for his mother’s roots by representing the Philippines in Mr. World 2014? He really doesn’t need to lift a finger anymore since he is based in the UK and would literally be just a hop, skip and a jump away from South-West, England where the competition will be hosted. I’m pretty sure he is well-equipped for all the physical demands, while digging deep into his print modeling experience in handling the more photographic requirements of the same.
So what say you, Ms. Cory Quirino? Why not a Philippine Azkal to succeed a Philippine Volcano? 😉
The Philippine Azkals
The Philippines is no country for Football Fanatics.
Everytime the World Cup is at fever pitch, the Philippines is one of a few places where life moves on without interest at all in what’s happening to the rest of the soccer-loving globe.
But that impression could possibly (and slowly) change in a few years with the sudden popularity of the Philippine Azkals.
These guys achieved some sort of a miracle when they beat defending champion Vietnam in the AFF Suzuki Cup and entered the semifinals to everyone’s surprise.
The Azkals became overnight celebrities in the Philippines and in an instant, the country got hit by unbridled interest in the sport.
They recently lost in the semifinals to Indonesia and were stopped short of a far more glorious performance.
But it doesn’t stop there. This just could be the turning point that the Philippines needs to strengthen its national football team. I don’t mind if most of the members are half-Pinoy imports (like brothers Phil and James Younghusband plus Neil Etheridge). If they can play more solidly in upcoming tournaments in the region, there is a very good chance that the rest of Asia will treat us as potential contenders and not just punching bags in the sport.
And hopefully, the government can also build at least one football stadium that will pass the standards for international play.
For all of this, credit goes to the Azkals – the Philippine Football Team that could… 😉