June 7, 2011

New VitPower: Endorser Phil Younghusband

Unless you have been living under a giant rock, then you must know Phil Younghusband. This British-Filipino footballer made his way into our consciousness with his thick and fascinating accent, his disarming million-dollar smile and most importantly, his contribution to the growing success and popularity of the Philippine National Football team more popularly known as the Azkals. Off the football field, hehas been making entertainment headlines because of his romantic pursuits as well as making the multimedia rounds—magazine covers, television appearances and billboards.


He is the power player and idol of today’s youth—good-looking, athletic, popular and almost still available.
But that’s just icing on top of the cake. Take away all the media hype and what’s left is a grounded and disciplined 23-year-old young man driven by football, his love for his family and a desire to make a difference through the sport that he loves. “My life really revolves around football,” he declares. “Even when I am resting, I am still involved with football.” When he’s not resting or captivating people with his boyish charms, Phil is most likely on training. A typical training day for Phil and his teammates involves two hours of workout in the morning and then another two hours in the afternoon. It is short yet intense and in between, he makes sure to rest and to take in the right kind of food and fluids. Not surprisingly, Phil is the newest face of VitWater Power or Vitpower – a zero sugar, low calorie, energy boosting drink—exactly the kind of energy drink that his very physical routine requires—earlier endorsed by another topnotch athlete, no less than Manny Pacquiao.

Despite his seemingly hectic schedule involving many things not football, Phil always goes back to his first love and makes sure that majority of his time is spent doing regular and rigorous football training. Such commitment to the sport was not developed overnight. His love affair with football began when he was nine years old, which is when he became part of the English Premiere League Chelsea Football Club program. The rest, of course, is football history. Today, Phil is not just playing for the Philippines on the field, he is spreading the football passion and sparking the football fever in a country, previously interested only in basketball and boxing.

One way he’s doing that is through the Younghusband Football Academy, co-founded with his older brother and fellow footballer, James. “The academy started in 2010,” he shares. “We usually go to different provinces, different places trying to promote football. With the (recent) success of the Philippine team, interest has grown dramatically.” Their summer program attracted about 170 students—boys, girls, four-year-olds, teenagers, adults—all wanting to learn football from these young yet experienced athletes. “We have people from Pangasinan coming in just to (play in) Alabang, it’s amazing how dedicated some of these people are.”

Phil adds that inspiring the youth to be the best that they can be is part of his personal advocacy. He believes that every individual, celebrity or not, have the power to make a positive contribution to his own growth and of course, to others. That’s why he also looks forward to visiting different parts of the country with VitPower. The program, according to him, serves as a good opportunity to get to know more of his fellow Filipinos, and in a way, inspire them to succeed in whatever they do.

True to his nature as a sportsman, Phil is as aggressive as they come. “I am very, very competitive. I hate losing. If we’re going home, I like to be first to the house. I like to be first to the door. (In) everything, I love to win… probably one of the hardest feelings for me especially (is) losing a game.” The young athlete admits he takes losing a game quite hard but fortunately for him, he does not need to wallow in it because he has a formidable support system also known as his family and friends. “They are always there to uplift my spirit and keep me grounded,” he says of his loved ones. To get himself out of frustration, he also likes to “sing ‘Win’ by Brian McKnight or recite ‘If’ by Rudyard Kipling.

“We all have the capacity to develop our extreme power, we just need to strive harder everyday, keep ourselves busy and useful to society,” explains the country’s latest sport idol who shares that his formula for success is simple – spending time with his family and friends, keeping himself physically fit, maintaining a positive disposition, and maintaining a balanced life.

Phil adds that proper hydration is likewise important not just for athletes like him but for individuals who are always on the go. He encourages people who live an active lifestyle to be wise in their choice of drink.
“Some people are so busy that they forget about the amount of water that their body requires. Some are not just fond of drinking water but you know, there is always a more fun, healthier way to enjoying water,” Phil asserts, pertaining to Vitwater, which he describes as “excellent tasting” and an “extremely good power booster.”

When he’s not being Phil the football player, this Brit-Pinoy charmer maximizes his downtime by clocking in quality hours spent with family and friends. He also enjoys watching and playing tennis. In fact, he considers Roger Federer his sporting hero (His football hero is, of course, another story. That role belongs to fellow Englishman David Beckham) and hopes for the chance to play against the current World No. 3. He also breaks a common athlete stereotype—more brawns than brain. Despite a lifelong devotion to football, Phil has managed to arm himself with a degree in Math Mechanics, Physical Education and an additional Information Technology course from Brooklands College in the United Kingdom. Had he not gotten into the sport or any other athletic activity (which is quite unlikely seeing as he grew up “where football is a religion”), Phil sees himself becoming an accountant. “My dad was a senior accountant in London so maybe I would have taken over my dad’s company.” And as if his aforementioned qualities were not lovable enough, Phil admits to being “very close to his family” and even cites Titanic and The Wedding Singer as his two most favourite films.

For someone elevated to instant celebrity status and bombarded with such adoration, it is very easy to lose track of one’s self. Not Phil. He says, “It hasn’t changed my life in that many ways. I’m still the same person who likes to do the same things. I have people around me who make sure I stay grounded.”

Most 23-year-olds plan on landing lucrative careers, building their own families or travelling around the world. For this so-called celebrity athlete, the future is, all about football but it is not just about him and his career. “It’s important to progress and not be satisfied with what I have now if I want more success for the Philippine team and success for the academy. I want to sustain the popularity of football for a long, long time in the Philippines and not just for a few months.” He is only in his early twenties but Phil knows a footballer’s career does not last for long, especially after 30. That is why he is focusing his energies, not just on playing, but on honing the next generation of Filipino footballers.

Phil Younghusband was not born in the Philippines. Nor does he look or speak Filipino. Clearly, though, his heart is in this country and he is ready to take this nation to greater football heights.

If you have been living under a rock and have never heard of the rising football star named Phil Younghusband, then it’s about time you do. It’s always good to learn from someone as extremely driven as Phil, someone who we can, you know, emulate.

2 comments:

  1. wow bagay ang endorser for that drinks!!!sarap ba!!

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  2. hmm yummy ng football player~..este..ng vitwater ;P

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