May 30, 2011–Yesterday, the Members of the Philippine National Football Team, a.k.a. the Azkals had a meet-and-greet session with their fans (mostly females. Boy, am I not surprise when I found out how good-looking they are in person) in Ayala Terraces, Cebu City.
Honestly, when I heard about the Azkals, I only know the Younghusband brothers. Yes, I didn’t know anyone but them. So during the meet-and-greet session yesterday, I was introduced to the other members of the Azkals team. Unfortunately, I really don’t have a very sharp memory. I don’t remember the names.
As you can see, the audience is packed with female teenagers. Most of them were soccer players. Fan girls squealed! I almost got myself carried away, too. Fortunately, I maintained my cool.
So, the event started with a question and answer portion. The audience were asked to write their questions and names on a piece of paper and the MC would pick randomly. If you’re lucky, your name gets to be mentioned and your question gets to be asked. I really tried to listen to the questions and the team’s answers, but it was too noisy with female hormones oozing out every female being’s pores. (Yes, good-looking Azkals have that effect on them. They almost worked on me.)
In the end, I gave up on taking down notes and decided to just focus on photographing them. Waaaah, it’s so hard to pretend to be a journalist. My goal really that day was to get decent information for ‘blogging purposes’, but I really did not know what notes to take down and I could not let the opportunity of taking pictures of them slip away. They were just picture perfect. (and I know that when I upload the pictures later on in my Facebook, a lot of my friends would view it.)
Neil Etheridge, Jersey number 1 and Goal Keeper also showed off his ball handling skills. But he said he’s not really good with ball exhibitions because he is a goal keeper and he doesn’t do much ball dribbling.
For more pictures: check out the Photographic Journey of a Noobie.
After the exhibition was the meet and greet session. Only those with passes get the chance to have their pictures taken with the Azkals. I was one of the unlucky ones who went to meet and greet the Azkals, but didn’t have a decent shot with them as this female organizer was hurrying me up to move. Darn… I should’ve been just stubborn (Paugat effect!)
Okay, I’m so disappointed, because I didn’t get a decent shot with any of the members. I should’ve tapped them on their shoulders them like my sister did. I wanted a photo with James Younghusband! Waaah! Anyway, I got good shots of the guys (without me, of course) thanks to a trustworthy Nikor 200mm lens. and you can check those pictures in my photoblog or Flickr.