SUPPORTERS of the Philippine National Football Team will have the chance for a meet-and-greet with their idols as the team heads to Ayala Center Cebu today for their mall tour at The Terraces, at 3 p.m.
Among the crowd favorites who will be present in the event are Phil and James Younghusband, goal keeper Neil Etheridge and Simon Greatwich.
Joining them are Cebuanos Paolo Pascual and Nathan Burkey, Roel Gener, Yanti Bersales, William Espinosa, Yannick Tuazon, Ricardo Becite, Eduard Sacapaño, Christopher Camcam, Nestorio Margarse, James Rochmitz and Misagh Bahadoran.
Team Captain Aly Borromeo, Ian Araneta, Chieffy Caligdong and Anton Del Rosario flew back to Manila last Saturday for their game in the United Football League. Borromeo will be back for the event while Araneta and Caligdong are still unsure of returning.
Aside from the players, coaches and staff of the team will be around, headed by team manager Dan Palami and head coach Michael Weiss.
Only those who have a meet-and-greet pass can access the VIP area during the event. The pass is good for two persons only.
Meet and greet passes can be availed of by shoppers who will purchase the “I Heart Azkals” shirt worth P300 at the Privilege Desk. Holders of the meet and greet pass will also have a picture taken with the team.
Ayala, in partnership with the Cebu Football Association, also held a weekend football clinic for kids 5 to 12 years old. The participants had their culmination exercises yesterday with the national 13-Under team, also known as the Little Azkals.
The proceeds of the clinic will be given to the CFA for the benefit of the Little Azkals, who will be competing in an international tournament this June.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 30, 2011.