Young actors Gabriel Roxas, JM Reyes, and Ronald Desantos admit they did not know anything about football until they started training for GMA-7's upcoming TV series called Futbolilits.
These three boys, who would be part of the opposing team in the show, attended football training so they would be familiar with the basics of the game.
"Matagal po na practice yung pagte-training namin. Palipat-lipat din po kami," Ronald told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) in an interview after the press conference of the show held last Tuesday, June 28.
StarStruck Kids alumnus Gabriel also added, "Rain or shine po ang training namin."
During the weeks spent playing arguably the world's most famous sport, Ronald said they learned a lot of things aside from football itself.
Ronald, who who play the role of Merc Almodovar, said, "Kailangan n'yo rin po kasi ng teamwork dito, e, at 'yong sportsmanship. Ngayon, nae-enjoy ko na po, e."
On the other hand, Gabriel, who will play the role of Prince Dimagiba, said he found a new sport to love.
"Kahit hindi ko po siya hobby, parang naging hobby ko na rin po siya noong nag-Futbolilits po ako," he stated.
Meanwhile, JM, who is cast as Adonis Dimagiba on the show, said that football has made him feel the thrill during their games. He further related, "'Yong thrill po ang nagustuhan ko sa laro niya. Kasi po, ang hirap maka-score, may bantay po. 'Tapos, kapag mataas po tumalon ang goalkeeper nila, mahirap talaga maka-score."
In a separate interview with Futbolilits director Mike Tuviera, he said that it was really his intention to put these kids through football training.
"We also made sure, 'yong cast, sabi ko, 'We want you guys to know, to not just be informed of the sport but to really imbibe it. That's why nag-training sila with a football coach,'" he told PEP.
The movie and TV director also related, "We also watched some football games like, 'yong sa mga Azkals [The Philippine Football Team]. Sabi ko, 'I want you guys to see it. I want you guys to see it how professionals play.'
"Noong umpisa nga, 'yong mga bata, noong hindi pa nila masyadong maintindihan, they would just watch the game.
"Naku, noong middle of the game na, [nagwawala na]. Sabi ko, 'See, now you understand why so many people love the sport."