Philippine Azkals member Phil Younghusband admitted that he and actress Angel Locsin have gone out together, but says, "We haven't done any formal date yet."
It may be recalled that the English-Filipino footballer first asked Angel out for Valentine's Day on Twitter. This post so created a buzz, it became entertainment headline the following day. (CLICK HERE to read related article.)
In an interview with the 23-year-old athlete, who was launched as the newest endorser of Hush Puppies this afternoon, March 2, at the Resorts World Manila in Pasay City, he related that he and Angel have gone out a couple of times already.
"One time we went to the firing range. Another time with friends and family. We haven't really been out in public," Phil said.
However, he was quick to clarify that these were just plain hanging out and that these occasions didn't signify anything more.
"We're not formally dating yet," Phil said. "We've hung out a few times with friends and family. We get to know each other, learning new things about each other, but we're not formally dating. We're friends."
Asked if he has plans to pursue the 25-year-old actress, the Azkal striker replied, "I don't know. Right now, Angel and I are getting to know each other. We don't wanna plan and say I'm definitely with her."
He reiterated, "Right now, we begin to know each other. We're just going with the flow. And I don't think you can predict anything or plan anything far ahead. Right now, we're taking it a day at a time. We're just getting to know each other."
Will there be a chance for him and Angel to go out again?
Phil said that he's aware that Angel has a very busy schedule, so "We really can't meet regularly."
He also points out how busy he will be in the next few days. The Azkals are currently training for the second leg for the Philippines' AFC Challenge Cup qualifying series against Mongolia.
After their high-altitude training in Baguio City last week, the team will be flying to Japan on Monday, March 7, for more training before they go to Ulan Bator in Mongolia.
"She's very busy, and, see, I have football and the Azkals," said Phil. "I don't know. There's plan yet. We haven't plan to go out yet. But hopefully soon, I don't know."
Despite this, Phil said he could still have continuing communication with the Kapamilya actress.
"There's great easy ways to communicate—there's Internet, there's Facebook, there's Twitter. There's a lot of ways to communicate with everyone around the world. I'm sure there will still be communication while I'm away in Japan or in Mongolia."
WILLING TO WAIT FOR ANGEL. Although Phil did not say if he has plans to court Angel, he repeatedly said during the interview that he would want to know her better.
"I'm willing to be patient, I'm willing to take my time," the popular football player said.
"I think it's important to be very patient. She's a very popular person. She's a very busy person. We'll see.
"You need time to get to know someone. You know, it doesn't happen overnight.
"This is new for me and I think you have to be patient and I'm willing to be patient. I'm not one of those who, like most athletes, they'll be with someone else and they'll be with someone else. I'm not one of those people."