Sinabi ni Phil Younghusband na ipinagdiwang nila ni Angel Locsin kamakailan ang kanilang first anniversary bilang magkasintahan.
“It was our anniversary the other day, so one year officially together, so we can’t be any happier,” pahayag ni Phil nang makausap siya ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) sa pictorial nila ng kapatid niyang si James Younghusband for a magazine cover last May 29.
Matatandaang nagsimula ang love story nina Phil at Angel sa pamamagitan ng pag-anyaya ng football player sa aktres for a Valentine’s date via Twitter noong February 2011.
“I’ve never met Angel [before] and then just one tweet and then my life is [now] amazing, so I’m very thankful to Twitter,” nangingiting pagbabalik-tanaw ni Phil.
Nagbigay pa ng words of encouragement si Phil kaugnay ng love story nila ni Angel.
Sabi niya, “And that’s the thing, if anyone is out there, I encourage them to... don’t be afraid and take risks.”
DETRACTORS. Pero sa kabila ng tila masayang relasyon nina Phil at Angel, may mga kritiko pa rin sila.
Sa online comments ay may bashers na nagsasabing hindi raw sila magtatagal, at ang iba naman ay ikinukumpara ang kanilang relasyon sa estado ng kanilang career.
Tinanong ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) si Phil kung paano niya hina-handle ang mga ganitong kritisismo.
Nakangiti at malumanay niyang tugon, “[I] got criticized before I met Angel, [I’m] getting criticized about football and other things.
"And the one thing that is important is to concentrate on the good things and you surround yourself with positive people.”
Ayon pa kay Phil, minsan ay nababasa niya rin ang mga komento ng mga bashers.
“Now and then you read comments and things like that, but if I have any issues, then I’ll tell Angel.
“Or if Angel has any issues, then she’ll tell me... so we’re constantly [communicating].
“At the end, we know what’s the truth and things like that.
“I know there are maybe people who do not support us, but at the end of the day, as long as Angel and I support each other, then we’re okay.”
NO ENGAGEMENT YET. Kamakailan ay napabalita na binigyan na ng engagement ring ni Phil si Angel, na itinanggi naman ng atleta.
Tinanong uli si Phil kung kailan siya magpo-propose kay Angel.
Sagot niya, “Life couldn’t be any better right now.
"I mean Angel… I’m so happy at the moment. I’d like to think Angel’s happy.
“She’s getting many awards for her work and she deserves it. I’m really proud of her.”
Dagdag pa ni James, marami ring dumarating na opportunities sa Azkals gaya ng commitments at football matches.
“When your lovelife’s happy, things work out on the work side, so me and Angel are very happy at the moment."
Pagdating naman daw sa pagpo-propose kay Angel, sabi ni Phil, “You’ll know when the next step is, but right now, she wants to concentrate on her work and I’m sure she wants the same for me and we’re supporting each other.”
Biniro rin si Phil kung may posibilidad ba na sa Twitter niya idaan ang kanyang proposal, since nagsimula naman ang relasyon nila ni Angel sa kanyang paanyaya sa aktres via Twitter.
Sagot niya, “I’m with Angel now. I’m with her a lot of the times, so I want her to be the first to know.
"So right now, it’s good to keep our relationship out of the limelight, because then we can communicate better.
“Right now, we’re very happy. She’ll be the first to know about the next step.
“I’m sure you’ll know soon after.”
NO SPECIFIC DATE YET. Hindi itinanggi ni Phil na napag-uusapan na nila ni Angel ang tungkol sa pagpapamilya.
Gayunpaman, wala pa raw silang itinatakdang oras kung kailan sila magpapakasal.
Sabi ni Phil, “We talk about our future. We plan, but not soon enough.
"But we do plan our future and things about that.
“We talk about the future and she knows how strongly I feel about her and she loves me and we have no secrets.
“We let each other know about everything.
“No specific date [as to when we’ll get married].
“When we’re ready, when the time is right, I’m sure I’ll know when the time is right.”
COMMUNICATION IS THE KEY. Ang relasyon nina Phil at Angel ay low-profile at masasabing matagumpay dahil walang masyadong isyu.
Ano nga ba ang sikreto ng kanilang magandang samahan?
“I think it helps [that] I’m not an actor,” nakangiting tugon ni Phil.
“I think communication. Whenever Angel and I plan to do something, we let each other know.
"We always communicate things—so she’s the first to know anything about me.
"So I think communication is the key.
"And as long as there is communication, there’ll be no surprises or anything.
“One thing [that] we make sure is we communicate everything [to each other].
"We do to let each other know, and if we need time and space, we let each other know—and I think that’s the key.”