Phil and James Younghusband are the new Collezione-C2 brand ambassadors
The fresh-faced football cuties on Pinoy pride and why everybody should find something they’re passionate about.
Football hotties Phil and James Younghusband are now the newest endorsers of Filipino fashion brand Collezione-C2, the makers of the now iconic My Pilipinas shirt with the familiar Philippine map design. The English-Filipino members of the Philippine National Football team popularly known as Azkals were chosen by the brand to embody the talented Pinoy.
"Celebrating the uniqueness of the resilient Filipino and the gifts and skills he has to offer the country and the rest of the world is something that we are very passionate about," Collezione-C2 Managing Director Joey Qua sais. "We wholeheartedly welcome James and Phil to the team as we strive to continually express our shared vision for the talented Pinoy."
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According to James, there were no second thoughts about endorsing the brand. "We have something in common-a love for originality, creativity, Pinoy pride, and living out one's passion." Phil added, "We also believe in Filipino artistry and the art of forward-thinking. These are things we both believe are relevant in this day and age for our country to stand out and make its mark in different areas of expertise."
Born in England to an English father and a Filipina mother, the Younghusband brothers got an early start in their football career when they were both selected to be play for the Chelsea Football Club. In 2008, they decided to move to the Philippines permanently, and were eventually recruited to play for the Azkals. "It's a real honor and privilege to represent the country for a sport that has not gained as much recognition as it should and of course, it makes us happy that so many Filipinos are now learning to appreciate football," James said.
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Fueled by their passion for the sport, the Younghusband brothers recently founded a football academy for the youth called The Younghusband Football Academy in 2010. "We started with six-month training programs for kids who wanted to learn the sport, but we eventually realized that we would need to do more than this to help instigate a deeper appreciation for football," Phil said. "So this year, we decided to go across the country with a grassroots program for public school teachers in the province to help us promote the sport more strategically, and so that we can ensure that the cycle of helping young people live out their passion for it is continuous and ongoing. We'll also be offering a summer clinic in Taguig soon."
Phil and James encourage all Pinoys to find something they’re passionate about. "Discover what you're passionate about because it will set the direction for the rest of your life," James said. "Don't hold back or be afraid to try new things-after all, you won't know how you feel about something unless you give it a try." Phil added, "Finding your passion is not something that will happen overnight. You have to persevere, keep trying, and never give up. Practice patience, because at the end of the day, when you discover what gets you going, it's all going to be worth it. Your passion will motivate you, transform you, and when used properly, even make a difference in others' lives."