Fil-Brit soccer player Phil Younghusband tries singing in "Celebrity Duets"

Professional soccer player Phil Younghusband is one of the contenders in the second season of Celebrity Duets.



Celebrity Duets Season 2 gets a taste of continental flair with the entryof Phil Younghusband.

Bagamat maganda ang first batch ng contenders for the first season ofCelebrity Duets, na franchise ng Fremantle, general opinion ng entertainmentpress na um-attend sa presscon ng second season ng naturang singing competition kagabi,August 20, na mas maganda at mas dynamic ang current contenders. This is madepossible with the entry of two potential hearthrobs vying for the votes of thegirls and gays sa pangunguna ng half-English, half-Filipino soccer player turnedmodel na si Phil Younghusband; the other one is chef JL Cang.

Phil's name first caught print as the one of the Younghusband brothersimports to play for the Philippine national football team; the other beingJames. Younger of the two by eleven months, pumasok naman ang pangalan ni Philsa showbiz news nang pinilit niyang makipagkilala sa young actress na si RhianRamos. Phil still insists that is not a gimmick dahil after their firstmeeting, he had to leave for England so nothing came out of it that wouldbenefit his career in sports or otherwise.

Phil is 21 years old and, like his brother, was born in Ashford, England.At the age of 17, naka-graduate na siya ng college, majoring in Math Mechanicsand Sports Science sa Chelsea, England where he also first played soccer, theEuropean counterpart of football. He and James played for one of the Englishpremier leagues, Chelsea FC Youth Tteam. James later played for Staines TownFC while Phil became part of the Chelsea Reserve Team.

Every year since he was born, umuuwi ang pamilya nila sa Pilipinas forvacation. Three years ago, an anonymous tip came to the Philippine FootballFederation that the brothers Younghusband have Filipino roots, so they wereinvited to join the local team. Since then they played for the Southeast Asian Games2005 and ASEAN Football Championship Qualifier in 2006. Their patriotism wasproven last year when given the choice to play for both English U-23 Nationaland the Philippine Team; they opted to represent ours.

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Staying in the Philippines longer than they used to opened theadvertisement doors for Phil, who is now the endorser of the Hanford line ofunderwear.

While Phil admits he loves singing, he only does it in the shower, as heintimated in the general question-and-answer sa presscon ng Celebrity Duets. He was so surprised when he got an offer to join Celebrity Duetswhile he was in a cafe that his first reaction was to hold the thought muna,pumasok sa comfort room at kumanta sa harap ng salamin, bago niya tinanggap angoffer.

"Then I requested for a karaoke machine where I could practice my singingand , oh, far, it's all 100 [his score] since then!" patawa niyang dagdag sakuwento niya.

Hindi pa magaling mag-Tagalog si Phil, but he is learning now enough to say"magandang gabi" and "salamat." But what's important, every time he speaks inTagalog, may "po" palagi.

When asked kung intersado ba siyang pumasok sa showbiz and acting, Philsaid he is; but priority pa rin sa kanya ang kanyang sports.

May sariling website si Phil, www.philyounghusband.com.


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