Back in July 2010, I wrote an article in PGG entitled “Why isn’t the Philippines a Football Nation?“. That time I talked about having high hopes that maybe someday, Filipinos will learn to love football as a sport.
And I think my wish is slowly coming true. Right now, the Philippine National Football team a.k.a. AZKALS is doing well in regional football games. I am excited to see lots of Pinoys who are starting to get interested in the sport as a result of the feats by the AZKALS. Although the AZKALS may have a long way to go and will need to do double (even triple) time to qualify for the FIFA World Cup, I am glad that they helped awaken the interest of Filipinos in football.
So why not show your love and support for the Philippine National Football Team? Instead of wearing statement shirts with prints such as “USA”, “NBA”, “LA Lakers”, “Real Madrid” etc., why not wear an AZKALS Pilipinas Futbol shirt?
Wearing an AZKALS shirt will not only inspire the AZKALS footballers to do their best in their upcoming tournaments but will also raise the consciousness of other guys about how fun and beautiful the football sport is.
If I remember correctly, the last time I saw Pinoys wearing their pride was two years ago when Pinoy Shirts and Three Stars and a Sun were in. That Filipino pride seem to have faded as the months went by so let’s all revive it by wearing an AZKALS shirt. This time I hope that the nationalistic spirit and football interest will not be just a fad but more of a permanent ideology within each Pinoy.
The AZKALS Pilipinas Futbol shirts are available in American Boulevard outlets (I know, it’s ironic that the store’s name is American but they are selling a Pilipinas shirt). The shirts cost around 499 Pesos each and comes with a free AZKALS magazine.
I remember the first time I wore my AZKALS shirt (the one pictured above). My friends, officemates and even strangers stared at it and said “Wow, that’s a cool shirt you have there! Where did you get it?”.