Football is not a new ball sports in the Philippines because it is already being played by Filipinos who have interest in this kind of ball game but recently it is gaining attention on the Filipino public mainstream consciousness just like basketball and boxing sports when the mainstream media highlights the international football competition held at Bacolod city Philippines wherein the Philippine football team ( or so-called Philippine Azkals) is one of the football competitors; in their news. Moreover, the Philippine Department of Education would like to add this ball sports on the curriculum of public schools being overwhelmed by the recent victory of football Philippine team.
“I think that would be a sustainable way. Then we could still identify specialized high schools which we could support with a full-blown football sports program,” he added…..The DepEd has long been planning to develop specialized high schools for sports, the arts and technical-vocational learning as part of the proposed K+12 (kindergarten plus 12 years) program, an expansion of the 10-year basic education cycle…..The proposal, which aims to develop highly employable high school graduates, is undergoing public consultations that are set to culminate in April.”—PDI
This renewed interest on the football game in the Philippines can be brought by the presence of the young Fil- australian player of Philippine football team, Phil Younghusband which the Philippine media sensationalized and “celebritized” in their reports, which I guess influences the common Filipino household viewers to spark an interest on football game seeing that this Phil Younghusband is a gorgeous young man which they could idolized like the showbiz personalities they admire on TV, as if he is the good thing in a boring game or as if he is the reason why Filipinos have interest on football game or watch football game. Moreover, not only Phil Younghusband found the Filipinos appealing but also the rest of the male football team of the Philippines that posses good looks which I guess also contributes to the renewed interest of Filipinos on football games as well as the Philippine medias sudden highlights of their game, especially the famous TV networks in the Philippines who could scout these football players into entering Philippine showbiz in their respective TV stations.
If the so-called Philippine Azkals or Philippine football team succeeded on their goal to have winning streaks on their upcoming games, surely I guess, football will be the next big thing on Philippine Sports after the success of boxing sports which was resurfaced by the success of Manny Pacquiao on the mainstream sports consciousness in the Philippines.
So, football could be the “new” sports for Pinas this year 2011; let’s see if the Philippine Azkals have the guts to bring football game on Filipino mainstream sports.